Potholes aplenty make for many busy repair shops

As city crews race to fill potholes, many garages and dealerships are working to repair the damage they cause to cars.

Blown tires, broke rims and suspension damage are common repairs.

Bob Swan, the owner of Swan's Garage on Merivale told CFRA customers have been coming in with these kinds of problems a little earlier than usual this year.

"Normally by this time of year [we see] very, very little damage, you know?" he said. "You see the odd tire damage or the odd rim damage, but not the heavy suspension damage that's out there. The roads normally aren't in really bad shape by this time of the year."

He said that could indicate a bad season to come.

"It's certainly early for sure, and that to me would just mean when the regular pothole season comes, it's going to be even more amplified or more so," said Swan. "There's going to be even more damage, so watch out for those potholes."

He said they've had steady work lately.

"We've been busier certainly this year than other years because of that," he said. "There's other things going on with the climate too, the cold weather certainly affects cars, but yes, the pothole season is helping contribute to our bottom line."

Swan said the wait could be up to two days depending on the type of repair work needed.

Swan said he's noticed how bad the roads have been lately, even pointing out the window at city crews who were patching a number of potholes in front of his garage.

Dealerships in Kanata, like Capital Dodge are also seeing a spike in pothole-related mishaps.

"We've definitely had a spike there," said service manager Kyle McColl. "It seems to be after a rainfall, I guess all the potholes get washed out and we've had a couple come in with damaged rims, damaged tires, damaged front ends, especially after a couple of weeks ago that rain that we had."

Meanwhile in the city's east end Myers Orleans Nissan only reports a couple of damaged cars.

Myers Orleans Chevrolet Buick GMC's service manager said he hadn't seen any, which he said was surprising considering the poor state of St. Joseph Boulevard.

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