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Motorists could find themselves needing to get hold of second hand car parts in order to replace components damaged by potholes this winter.

According to the website Potholes.co.uk, UK roads could become the worst "in a generation" if the country sees another harsh winter.

Potholes Damage

Driving over potholes can cause significant damage to cars, especially to suspension, axles and wheels.

Data analysed by Potholes.co.uk, which is run by warranty provider Warranty Direct, shows that the average payout for pothole-induced suspension damage is £309, with some recent claims hitting as high as £2,420.

Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct commented: "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."

However, those with certain car types may be less likely to need a car parts finder to replace damaged components than others.

According to Potholes.co.uk's figures, Honda cars are the most resilient to pothole damage, with just 1.4 per cent of vehicles from the Japanese manufacturer suffering axle and suspension problems attributable to potholes and other road defects.

Honda was followed by Toyota and Hyundai, with incident rates of 1.5 per cent and 1.7 per cent respectively.

At the other end of the scale, Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover models are the most likely to be defeated by the UK's pothole-riddled roads, with more than ten per cent suffering damage each year.

"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," said Mr McClure Fisher.

"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."