Hoosiers shell out hundreds of dollars in repairs from potholes

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Mar. 4, 2015) -- They are hazardous, damaging and extremely expensive to fix if you hit one. Potholes are popping up on central Indiana streets and repair shops are working overtime to handle all of the repairs.

John Hill and Don Miller don't know each other, but are dealing with the same problem. An unexpected and pricey repair bill.

"Hit this huge pothole on U.S. 31 and it actually damaged both my tires on my new car," Hill said.

He had to spend nearly $500 to fix the damage.

"The tire had a break in it as a result of hitting a pothole. Found out the rim was also bent," Miller said.

He has to pay nearly $200.

Both were at Discount Tire on Michigan Road where the phone was ringing off the hook with people wondering how much it'll cost them. Assistant Manager Chris Raymond says it just depends on how much damage your car suffered.

"We can send a wheel out to be straightened, we can replace the wheel, we can see about ordering a new factory replacement wheel," Raymond said.

However, Raymond says once you hit a pothole, the tire is more than likely beyond repair and you need a new one which can cost up to $200.

"A lot of times it's not only the wheel and tire that's damaged, but you can also damage the suspension and steering of the vehicle as well," Raymond added.

Next week, Indianapolis Department of Public Works is starting it's Pothole Blitz. 10 to 15 crews a day will be out filling as many potholes as they can and there are around 1,000 repair requests. When you are dealing with a costly repair bill like Don miller and John Hill, one pothole is bad enough.

"I hope my visit next time I come to Indianapolis is a little less expensive," Hill said.

To avoid costly repairs, experts suggest driving a little slower so you'll have time to react if there's a pothole ahead. If you hit one at a slower speed, chances are better your car will survive it.

Click here to find out more about filing a damage claim for reimbursement with the city of Indianapolis.

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