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    So you buckle a wheel in a pothole - how do you claim?

    Slightly miffed that last week I smacked both passenger side wheels over what must have been a fairly decent pothole which I've never seen before on a road I drive on weekly - the steering wheel vibrates now at 70 and 80mph, so I suspect given the massive bangs that I heard that at least one wheel is buckled. The rear wheel has an obvious flat spot now...

    I know some here have claimed against the local council but how do you go about doing this?

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    Just send them a letter. Some have things on their website but they're more for helpful citizens to make the council aware of defects than for claiming.

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    Was it in Cumbria Chris?

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    Going to get the wheels checked next week, I'd be happy if they come back just needing a rebalance, but why they'd need that after a bump when no weights are missing is dubious...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffoeg View Post
    Was it in Cumbria Chris?
    Nope, Northumberland. The road between Haydon Bridge and Newbrough that we head down from the railway crossing. Hit something on the way back down this road when I'd been at Newbrough.

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    Report it to the police. Take pictures of any damage to your wheels that you consider the pothole to be responsible for, the pothole in question (preferably with a tape measure for scale of length and depth. I also took a pic of my wheel IN the pothole), the side of the road and any noticeable landmarks/street signs in the vicinity. Keep all receipts and send photocopies in with your letter of complaint/compensation, pics, google map of the location and police report number.

    I claimed for the price of a disposable camera, developing the pics, tracking, a new tyre, valve and balancing. It took a while but the council did pay up.
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    i wouldnt bother with claiming as the council have so many ways to get out of paying you

    their favorite is to fill the hole in after youve claimed before it gets to court and then they deny there was a problem
    G t c

    soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tone View Post
    i wouldnt bother with claiming as the council have so many ways to get out of paying you

    their favorite is to fill the hole in after youve claimed before it gets to court and then they deny there was a problem
    That's why you need to report it to the police and take pics ASAP. And mine didn't go anywhere near a court!
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    make sure your wheels are standard ones or if aftermarket declared to your insurance as they asked to see my bros insurance papers to make sure they were declared so they were sopose to be on the car lucky his were or they take it no futher

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    see how quickly they fill the hole in and tell you it wan't responsible!
    Tell me what you've done, not what you're going to!

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