Have pothole damage on your car? Submit a claim to YOUR city hall…and get reimbursed.

As usually happens at this time of the year, drivers are again cursing the numerous amount of potholes on our local highways and roads, with some of them sizeable  enough to cause a significant amount of damage to your tires, rims and wheel alignment.

Costly repairs can ensue, but did you know that the city of Surrey and the city of Vancouver have money set aside specifically to handle claims for damage caused by those nasty caverns ? Yes , it’s true!!

A story by Shannon Patterson  on the CTV news at 6 revealed that the city of Surrey has 15 million $$$ set aside to handle  pothole claims, and the city of Vancouver has 20 million $$$. It is required that you document where and when the damage occurred, and take a picture if at all possible. Keep all your receipts, and submit them to city hall as soon as you can to claim for your damages. Of course, make copies of everything and perhaps even CC it to the mayor and councillors.

The reporter also mentioned that most city halls in the province have money set aside for this type of damage, so the next time a pothole takes out your tire and screws up your alignment, try it out. Full details can be found at : http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090109/BC_pothole_090109/20090109/?hub=BritishColumbiaHome

As well, CTV has a pothole map for you so you can avoid the worst of them, and it is user interactive, so that if you know of where a pothole is that others should be warned about, you can submit it  directly to their website. http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20090107/bc_pothole_map_data_090107/20090107/?hub=BritishColumbiaPothole

I don’t know about you, but this was something I didn’t know about! Thanks to Shannon Patterson at CTVnews. I would love to hear from someone who has actually done this, or tries it, to hear how easy it really is, so get in touch.

5 Comments on “Have pothole damage on your car? Submit a claim to YOUR city hall…and get reimbursed.

  1. Thanks to CTV indeed!

    I used that newscast, and citycaucus to do up a letter to City Hall.

    Amazing what a little research can do for you, don’t you think?!


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  4. I actually don’t have pothole damage. What I do have is damage from an over sized speed bump on a city street. Even though I came to a complete stop before going over it and then proceeded extremely slowly, I still got damage to my exhaust system. My shocks and springs are all fine, it’s not a lower than average car and I just had the whole car checked before I bought it in November (it checked out, including the suspension and exhaust systems)

  5. I complained about a number of pot holes in a row on Robson Street. Very deep and caused damage to my tire and alignment. The city dragged out their “investigation” only to give me a standard line that exempted them from any responsibilities. There are two types of patches they can use. One is cold patch and the other hot patch. They tried the cold patch two times which is useless. After my damage they decided to use hot patch and it seems to have worked. They claimed to have used hot patch prior to my damage which I don’t believe at all. Being familiar with the two different methods I can tell which is which. I have done these repairs to parking lots in the past. I wonder just how much they actually take responsibility for. Maybe after they have paid out x number of dollars they go into defensive mode where no claim has any merit.