Automotive rust isn’t just an eyesore, it can also be unsafe. And because no one dreams of ever having a rusty old car, it can also gravely affect your car’s resale value. Preventing automotive rust isn’t at all hard if you know how it starts. So if you want to make sure that all your car’s metal parts are free from rust, this first entry for our Car Care 101 series, is a must read.
But first, how does automotive rust start? Our experts think that it usually begins through the little chips and nicks that go unnoticed over the years. Through this small nick, the metal then becomes exposed to the elements, allowing the first signs of rust to form. If left unchecked long enough, the rust then crawls its way to other exposed metal, and the next thing you know, you’re left with a rust bucket for a car.
In order to prevent this scenario from happening, you need to stop rust at its tracks. Check areas that are most susceptible to chips and nicks like the wheel wells and fenders behind the tires. You should also take a thorough look at the front and sides of your car for any unnoticed cuts or scratches. It would also be a good idea to check underneath your car for any potential rust-prone areas.
As they say, prevention is indeed better than having to deal with a major repair so one of the most effective ways to stop rust from causing damage to your car is by making sure that you clean your car regularly. If you live near the beach, you need to be extra vigilant as salt water can contribute gravely to rust formation.
Another tip is to keep some touch-up paint on hand so that you can immediately apply some to any chips and nick you may encounter. If you find a chip with signs of rust forming, you can use sand paper to carefully sand it off. Once you’ve stripped it down to bare metal, you can then apply the touch up paint.
You should also check the insides of your car and be wary of salty water coming into contact with your interiors, especially if you’ve just came from the beach. If your car’s carpets have been exposed to a lot of salty water over the summer, bring your car to the carwash for a thorough shampooing. It’s recommended that you have this professionally done, as opposed to doing it yourself, so that you can be sure that your car’s care is in capable hands.
Most cars don’t show signs of rust until the 5th year, so it’s important that you take your car to the casa for a general check before the warranty ends. Don’t forget to ask your car dealer if they have rust protection in their coverage.
Here at Roberts AIPMC, we believe that car care is an essential part of owning a car. Do you have any tips on how you take care of your precious vehicle? Or have any questions that you want our experts to answer? Let us know in the comments section below!