If your car hasn't been the victim of a pothole, consider yourself lucky.
It's not just your tires or rims that can get wrecked. Mechanics at
in downtown Cleveland tell us they get at least one car a day dealing with pothole problems that include suspension parts taking a big hit.
"We see bent lower control arms. Bent struts. Broken wheel baring. Bent suspension arms. Tie rod ends. Axles that have actually been blown apart," explains Andy Fiffick.
Your exhaust system is in the lower part of your car, so when you hit a pothole it can get damaged. It could cost you anywhere from $200 to $2,000 to repair.
But there are things you can do to avoid problems. Try not to drive over puddles. There could be a pothole underneath. Also, slow down and give yourself some space between the car in front of you so you have enough time to steer clear of the chuckhole.
If you do hit a crater and your car seems to be driving okay, experts say it's a good idea to get it checked out anyway so you don't run into problems down the road.
"Now that it has warmed up. They're uncovering left and right. I hit two of them on my way down here myself," says Fiffick.