Atlanta New Cars: Slow Down! Pothole Ahead!

Hey, it happens, even to all of us here at Southtowne. You’re driving along, focusing on the road ahead, and you might not even notice it until you drive over it.

Bam, you just hit a pothole. It might have sloshed your coffee, or made your CD player skip. So, what do you do? Probably, quietly curse the pothole, maybe even shake an angry fist in the rear-view mirror, but then you just go about your day. What you might not have realized is that hitting that pothole could have caused serious damage to your car.

First off, what exactly is a pothole? Well, as roadways freeze and thaw, some of the water erodes the dirt beneath the surface of the road. Then the asphalt will start to crack and chip away. This leads to small holes in the road, and they will eventually turn into potholes.

How can potholes affect you? Well, you could notice immediate damage via a flat tire or long-term damage could start to affect your alignment and steering. Pothole damage accounts for an enormous amount of insurance claims every year, so you should look for any signs of damage as soon as possible.

If you have aluminum rims, they might become bent or warped if you hit too many potholes, and they just can’t withstand the impact that older, steel rims can. If you hit a deep pothole, it could chip away some of the rust proofing on the undercarriage of you car, and you will want to get that repaired as quickly as possible.

The biggest problem will have an effect on your steering and shocks. If you notice that your car starts to pull in one direction or the other when you let go of the steering wheel, your alignment is probably off. If you notice that your drive is becoming a little rougher and you can feel every little bump in the road, those potholes might have messed up your shock springs.

If you’ve recently hit a pothole and you think there might be something wrong with your Buick, GMC, Chevy or Cadillac, then bring it into the Southtowne General Motors Superstore, and let us take a look at it. You don’t want to continue driving, as you can exasperate the issue.

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