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Chryslers suffer most from UK potholes

by Bill Cawthon on

Chrysler vehicles are the most frequently damaged in encounters with British and Welsh potholes, according to new research by Potholes.co.uk. The research indicates Hondas fare best.

The road maintenance campaign website, set up by the UK warranty provider Warranty Direct, analysed 150,000 policies over a three-year period to identify the cars most and least susceptible to potholes, which are a major problem. One in three British motorists has had pothole damage. This winter, UK roads are set to become the worst ‘in a generation.’

Honda, Toyota and Hyundai are the most ‘pothole-proof’ manufacturers: fewer than 2% of those brands suffering axle and suspension damage attributable to road defects.

Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover vehicles are the most vulnerable: more than 10% are damaged each year.

While the average payout for pothole-induced suspension damage is £309 (about $485), Warranty Direct and Potholes.co.uk have indentified recent claims as high as £2,420 (about $3,800).

Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct, said; “With last year’s road damage barely dealt with, a repeat of those harsh winter weather conditions could see our highways deteriorate to the worst state they’ve been in for a generation.

“As councils struggle to solve the pothole problem, consumers can at least be smart about their vehicle of choice. We’ve found some cars have an uncanny ability to absorb the jolts from even the most severe road craters, while others aren’t so resilient.”

“Particularly surprising is that high-end manufacturers are just as vulnerable, if not more so, than ‘value’ manufacturers. However, we wouldn’t lambast those at the bottom of the pile because the roads are just so bad.”

UK motorists can report a road defect and share their story using Potholes.co.uk, which has contact details for councils across England, Scotland and Wales.

10 LEAST OFTEN DAMAGED
Rank Make Incident Rate*
1 HONDA 1.40%
2 TOYOTA 1.50%
3 HYUNDAI 1.70%
4 NISSAN 2.00%
5 KIA 2.10%
6 MITSUBISHI 2.20%
7 MINI 3.00%
8 SUZUKI 3.10%
9 FORD 3.40%
10 MAZDA 3.40%
*Likelihood of damage

10 MOST OFTEN DAMAGED
Rank Make Incident rate*
1 CHRYSLER 12.20%
2 SMART 10.60%
3 MERCEDES-BENZ 10.40%
4 LANDROVER 10.10%
5 JAGUAR 9.40%
6 SAAB 8.50%
7 FIAT 7.40%
8 BMW 6.80%
9 SEAT 6.60%
10 VAUXHALL 6.40%
*Likelihood of damage

Thanks to HEMIhead for the tip!

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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