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Contest Offers Free Fix For Pothole Pain

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A deep pothole swallows tires of cars on the Northwestern Highway service drive at Red River. (credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

A deep pothole swallows tires of cars on the Northwestern Highway service drive at Red River. (credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

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LANSING (CBS Detroit) - Want a chance to get your vehicle fixed for free?

If your car has been mangled in a pot hole, you could win compensation for auto repair under a new contest being offered by a road-building coalition in the state.

Michigan motorists whose cars wind up in the repair or body shop due to bad roads have a chance to have their repairs reimbursed, up to $500, by entering the Michigan Transportation Team’s Pothole Pocketbook Contest contest.

One randomly selected motorist each week through April 5 will win a check to cover the cost of pothole-related repairs.

Mike Nystrom, of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association and Michigan Transportation Team, says the contest will make it easier for four lucky motorists. His organization has been leading the effort in Lansing, so far unsuccessfully, to convince lawmakers to approve new funding for more road and bridge maintenance.

The contest is open to all Michigan-licensed drivers aged 18 or older who have experienced vehicle repairs caused by bad roads in 2013. To enter, drivers must submit a photo or scan of their repair bill at this link, along with providing the contact information of their mechanic or body shop to verify the repair.

Get more details here.

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