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From the Mouth of Martin: Top Tips to Slash the Cost of Motoring - #10

Strap yourselves in wannabe petrol heads. With the help of money saving expert, Martin Lewis, Book Theory Test Today is hitting the road with 50 top tips that will cut your motoring costs. Tune in each & every week for a new tip and remember to share with friends and family and slash the cost of motoring. This week we’re looking at potholes, the scourge of Britain’s highways. It’s estimated that potholes cause as many as 1 in 10 mechanical failures on UK roads and cost drivers around £730 million every single year. However, you can claim against your local council and recover the cost of repair and even compensation.

Cut the cost of motoring tip #10 – Claim for repairs due to pothole damage

Book Theory Test Today says: “Along with traffic wardens and parking tickets, potholes rank as one of the biggest annoyances among motorists. Potholes are notorious for causing suspension damage, tyre blowouts and even exhaust shedding, adding to an already hefty cost of motoring bill.” In Britain, local authorities are currently paying out over £30 million per year on compensation claims due to poor roads. What’s worse is that pothole damage could be prevented in the first place, but road maintenance in England and Wales is underfunded by around £1 billion every year. In 2012 alone, over 2 million potholes in Britain had to be filled and it’s not just cars they affect. Bikes, trucks, vans, buses and motorbikes are all at the mercy of badly maintained roads.

Claiming

If you’re seeking to claim for pothole damage to your vehicle, there are a few points worth knowing. Firstly, the process is far from easy and does take a while and it’s up to you to prove that a pothole is indeed guilty of damaging your motor. Just saying that your car has been damaged is not enough on its own so you need a mechanic to back up your claim. Secondly, you can only claim if the authority responsible has failed to carry out the necessary checks and repairs required. Above all, don’t be put off by the claims process it’s worth pursuing if you can categorically prove your case. If you don’t follow through you end up with a hole in your bank balance, which adds insult to injury and to the cost of motoring. Be persistent and be patient. Good luck!

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