October 14, 2022
Top 5 Ways Potholes Can Damage Your Car
Hitting a pothole can be dangerous to the driver, passengers, and the car itself. It can damage your exhaust system, misalign your steering wheel, and cause your vehicle to drift, among a few other issues.
The deeper and wider the potholes you run into, the bigger the chances of busting your wallet from the repairs your car will need. The latest survey by the American Automotive Association found that damage caused by potholes cost drivers a whopping $26.5 billion in 2021 alone!
Potholes are not uncommon. They can suddenly appear on the street without warning, which is why you must always stay vigilant while driving. You probably come across them on the streets you pass by every day.
So, what are the specific reasons why should you avoid potholes on the road? Veteran Car Donations focuses on the top 5 ways potholes can damage your car:
- Damaged wheels
Nobody likes seeing their rims with scratches, cracks, bends, or chips. Not only are these unpleasant to the eyes, but they make it more difficult for the wheels to roll smoothly. You might find them moving in ways they’re not designed to, and you definitely wouldn’t want that to happen.
- Worn tires
Running into a pothole can cause your tires to suffer tread separation, sidewall bulges, and worst of all, flats. These happen when the potholes compress the tire on impact due to their rough, hard edges.
- Damaged exhaust
Since exhaust pipes are located along the undercarriage, they’re more susceptible to pothole damage. Bigger holes can lead to your car bottoming out, which means that the undercarriage will scratch up against the road. This can result in unusual noises and power loss.
- Suspension problems
Hitting a pothole all of a sudden can cause a slew of problems to your suspension, such as shocks malfunction, misalignment, and broken ball joints. If you hear strange noises, weird vibrations, and poor driving quality after hitting a pothole, these may indicate that something’s wrong with your suspension.
- Dented body
If you’re driving a small car, chances are, it will suffer more damage than a larger vehicle when you hit a pothole. That’s because smaller cars come with low-hanging bumpers and siding. Then again, you need to be wary of potholes regardless of the size of the vehicle you’re driving.
Do You Have a Damaged Car? Here’s What You Can Do
If frequently hitting deep potholes has damaged your car to such an extent that you’ll have to break the bank to have it fixed, you might as well consider donating it to us at Veteran Car Donations. We’ll use your donation to uplift the lives of the suffering veterans in your area while giving you a highly rewarding donating experience.
Our team will put your vehicle up for auction, with the proceeds going to our veteran-focused nonprofit partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are dedicated to helping former service members who are homeless, impoverished, chronically unemployed, and suffering from service-connected disabilities as well as serious illnesses, including mental health conditions.
Our charity partners use the funding we give them to provide their beneficiaries with financial aid, housing assistance, employment and livelihood opportunities, family support, free quality health care and medical treatment, psychotherapy services, educational scholarships, and many other benefits.
Donating to us is not only stress-free but extremely rewarding as well. Your charitable contribution will entitle you to claim the highest possible tax deduction in the next tax season.
You’ll also receive free professional towing service from us in any location in the United States.
Aside from the material rewards, nothing will beat the uplifting sense of fulfillment you’ll experience, knowing that your donation will help transform the lives of the disadvantaged and neglected veterans in your community.
We accept almost all vehicle types regardless of their age or condition. Whether you’re donating a car that still looks new or one that’s already rusty, we’ll be happy to accept it.
Our donation process is easy, quick, and convenient. All you have to do is contact us by phone or online. You’ll be done in just a few minutes and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home.
For more information regarding our organization and our quick and easy vehicle donation process, head over to our FAQs page. If you have any concerns or inquiries, feel free to call us through our 24/7 toll-free hotline at 877-594-5822 or message us here.
The Time to Give Back to Our Heroes Is Now!
Why bother keeping a vehicle in a state of disrepair in your garage when you can donate it to give our struggling former service members the decent and fulfilling life they deserve? Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now!