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Third of cars damaged by potholes – new study

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Potholes have caused damage to nearly a third of cars in Britain, according to new research by Citroen UK.

In a study of 2,000 UK drivers, 32% said their car had been damaged after hitting a pothole and the average repair cost was £141.95.

Worse still – 11% of the motorists said they had spent more than £251 on getting their car back on the road.

Nearly a quarter of those with vehicle damage said they had tried to claim back the cost of the repairs from their local council, while 42% of the study participants said they wished their vehicle had better suspension to help deal with the rougher roads in the UK.

The latest Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) report shows drivers claimed nearly £6 million in pothole compensation from local authorities in England and Wales.

“It is concerning to find that potholes have caused damage to nearly a third of drivers’ cars across England and Wales,” said Eurig Druce, Managing Director of Citroen UK.

“Local authorities have a lot of issues to solve and this will take time, I am therefore proud that Citroen is able to offer vehicles that are already set up to tackle real-world driving conditions on our roads, with our meticulous approach taken towards comfort.”

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The all-new 100% electric e-C4 and C4 benefit from the Citroen Advanced Comfort programme, with enhanced suspension and supportive seating for a smoother ride.

All models feature Citroen’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushion technology, which integrates hydraulic bump stops into the suspension system to better control compression and rebound on rutted surfaces.

Inside, both vehicles come as standard with Advanced Comfort seats. With broad cushions and seat backs, they combine high-density foam at the heart of each seat, and a thick 15mm layer of extra textured foam on the surface, to keep occupants comfortable and relaxed when on the road.

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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