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As February comes to an end, some local auto shop workers say it's been the worst month in years for drivers experiencing pothole-related car damage.

"We've seen an influx, triple-fold influx, of cars coming in with complaints about shaking, rattling or clunking on the front end," QC Auto Service Owner Dan Elias. "It's been a trying winter for them and it's been a trying winter for us trying to keep up with them fixing their cars," he said.

Elias said one pothole can cost a driver anywhere from $100 to $1,000.

"A lot of times a customer will hit a bump, not realize there's a problem, and drive," said Elias. "Then a month later, he has a rattle a clunk or a shake, and a month later he brings it in thinking it was just a simple thing, but then he brings it in and finds out he's got a bald tire or tire rod or something like that."

To avoid paying such a high price for hitting one of those pesky potholes, Elias advises drivers to get their cars checked after hitting one.

Meantime, crews around the Quad Cities are working to help drivers avoid the issue entirely.

The city of Moline says it has three times its normal amount of crews out on the roads patching up potholes. Instead of 2 trucks, Municipal Services Operations Manager Brandon Pannell says Moline has 5 trucks filling holes on the main plow routes now and one truck responding to residents' specific complaints.

Pannell says the record amount of snow this winter has put an extra strain on the roads with the plow trucks and salt.

One Moline public works employee who was out patching up the road Wednesday said he couldn't even begin to guess how many potholes he's filling each day. But he did say in his eight years with the city, this is the worst he's seen so far in terms of crumbling roads.

Meantime in Rock Island, Director of Public Works Randy Tweet said in an email the city will spend about $15,000 to $20,000 for fixing potholes in the month of January and February. But he says that's no more than the city would usually spend this time of year.

Tweet says we'll likely see the most potholes in March when the roads are constantly freezing and thawing.

Bettendorf's director of public works, Brian Schmidt, tells us potholes haven't been a major problem there yet. But he says he expects to see more pop up once temperatures start warming up.

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