How to claim for the damage when your car gets that sinking feeling
If you’ve damaged your car on a pothole, chances are it is the local council who will be liable to pay for the repairs. Here are some tips on what to do... Collect evidence: Take photographs of the pothole and note the size and depth. Also make sure to do the same for the damage caused to your vehicle.
Assess the damage: You need to know how much it is going to cost to repair so go to a garage and ask them to give you a written quote of how much it will cost to fix.
Make a report: Councils allow you to report potholes via their websites and tell them about any damage. If not, phone them directly and ask for the number of the relevant department. When you make a report include all the pictures you’ve taken and the quote of how much it will cost to fix. The council will review your evidence and decide if they think it is responsible. If the council turns down your claim you can contest their decision in small claims court but this Damage will cost you at least £80.