Car Shop Sees Business Pickup With More Potholes On The Roads

The most common repair deals with the tire rod

A new survey from AAA shows that pothole damage has cost U.S. drivers $15 billion in vehicle repairs over the last five years.

That survey also estimates 16 million drivers across the country have suffered pothole damage.

According to one local car shop, Sioux Falls drivers aren’t immune, and it’s posing problems for their vehicles.

“If there are any loose parts on the car whatsoever, it makes the part get more lose and then eventually it breaks,” says master technician at Willies Auto Electric and Repair Kennis Young. 

Young says they’ve seen business pick-up with more potholes on the roads.

He says the most common repair deals with the tire rod, which is located on the inside of the tire. 

“After hitting a pothole, this piece becomes separated just like the ball in your knee or the socket in your finger, it becomes dislodged, breaks, and then there’s no steering,” says Young. 

The cost of this can become expensive. 

“Depending on what part breaks on your car, it can be anywhere from $100 to $300,” says Young. “It can rise pretty quickly.” 

So to avoid handing over the green, Young says have your car checked out every time you need an oil change. 

“If a shop tells you something is a little loose, you want to keep track of it,” says Young. “But if they tell you it’s really loose, then you should seriously consider replacing that part.” 

As well as avoid swerving or hitting a pothole with speed. 

“You have to go slow because you could hit a pretty big pothole and that will create the breaking if anything is loose at that point.”

The City of Sioux Falls had crews out today filling potholes around town until 4 p.m. today.