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car rust tips

 

One of the most unpleasant sights to see is the development of rust on your vehicle. Not only is rust an eye-sore to look at, but it also can become dangerous the longer it sits there.

The dangers of rust

While many drivers think of rust as nothing more than cosmetic issue, it can actually become a significant safety problem if it’s not properly taken care of.

Once rust penetrates the surface of your car and begins to attack your vehicle’s frame, it will start to cause serious damage. Since your frame helps to hold your entire vehicle together, a number of problems can occur if it becomes weakened by rust.

First, a weaker frame means less protection if you get into an accident. Depending on the severity of the collision, this could be the difference between a serious injury and getting off unscathed. Second, once rust gets into your frame, there’s nothing stopping it from seeping further into your car and causing damage to parts such as the brakes, fuel lines, or suspension.

When should I get it fixed?

Remember that rust will continue to spread unless you actively do something to stop it. Unless you’re strapped for cash, you should have your car looked at to avoid any major problems from occurring. If you wait too long, your vehicle may be beyond repair, forcing you to replace the car altogether.

Keep your car clean

It’s more difficult to do in the winter, but keeping your vehicle’s exterior clean is an important step in preventing rust. Ideally, you should try to wash and wax your vehicle every couple of weeks to keep the exterior shiny.

The dirtier your car is, the more susceptible it is to rusting, which is why it’s so important to get rid of the dirt and debris on a regular basis.

Rust proofing

The best way to avoid rusting in the first place is to get rust proofing for your car. Since corrosion is more active in warmer temperatures, it’s a good idea to rust proof your car in the coming weeks if you haven’t already done so.

Simply put, if you live in Canada and want to keep your vehicle for an extended period of time, you should strongly consider rust proofing it.

Resale value

Not only is rust unattractive and dangerous, but it can also greatly affect the resale value of your car.

If you’re planning on selling or trading in your car in the foreseeable future, make sure to get any rust taken care of ahead of time. Otherwise, you’ll likely receive a significantly amount less for the car than you’d hoped.