On the way up to my aunt’s this afternoon, my car got a flat tire. Other than being two to three feet away from I-94 with cars and trucks whipping by at 70 mph, the tire change went smoothly.


The only thing I am upset about is the cost associated with replacing the flat tire (my car was equipped with a full-sized spare, so I didn’t have to get a new tire right away).

I believe I remember seeing something on the local news a while ago that indicated that, although most people aren’t aware of it, they will usually be reimbursed for the cost of a new tire by the city or county they got the flat in.

Am I dreaming this up, or is this really true? Anyone with information, please comment. I’d love to be reimbursed for the cost of a new tire.

4 Comments so far

  1. Elf (unregistered) on December 10th, 2005 @ 7:40 pm

    It’s true. Just send a picture and a copy of your purchase receipt to:

    Santa Claus
    1 Candy Cane Ln.
    North Pole, Arctic Circle

  2. uadams (unregistered) on December 11th, 2005 @ 8:33 am

    The State will reimburse you if it’s damage from a pothole, if you can “show that the highway authority knew of the condition and had an opportunity to repair, or the condition existed for more than 30 days.” [http://mdotwas1.mdot.state.mi.us/public/damage/]

    I’d also caution about reporting it to your insurance company unless the damage is extensive. I reported a claim about five years ago when I hit a pothole that caused damage well over $700. My former and current insurance companies (State Farm and AAA) have both counted the incident as an “one vehicle accident” (or some such crap) and my rates went up.

  3. Girl in the D (unregistered) on December 12th, 2005 @ 8:54 am

    Thanks, Ursula! I knew there was something along those lines.

  4. ToolBox (unregistered) on December 12th, 2005 @ 9:50 am

    One of the downfalls of having 17 or 18 inch wheels in this area is they fall victim easily to potholes. Hope you wheel is straight after this. If not call Re Stock wheels in Ferndale for repair. I think I was there about 8 times getting my wheels fixed in the last 3 years.

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