Preventing Rust in Your Vehicle

August 26th, 2018 by

Rust on car fender

Rust is a surefire way to not only make your car look worse aesthetically, but drastically lower the value. Unfortunately, during these colder months, our vehicles are exposed to more elements that cause rust than usual. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to prevent rust. Today in the Thompson Sales blog, we’ll give you some advice on rust prevention.

Winter and Rust

If you live in an area that gets freezing weather, ice, and snow in the winter you’ll definitely want to protect your car from rust. Salt on the road is good because it can help with traction. Obviously, road safety is important, but you don’t want your car to take on damage because of it. Here are some things you can do to minimize salt damage:

Wash Your Vehicle Frequently

In winter, it’s a good idea to wash your vehicle frequently, especially after you’ve been driving on winter roads for a few days. This way the salt is washed off and isn’t allowed to sit on your car. Of course, you won’t want to go out in the freezing cold and wash your car yourself.

Consider getting a membership to a car wash, at least during the wintertime. Also, make sure the car wash you choose has an undercarriage wash included. Your undercarriage is what’s most susceptible to damage from salt and snow.

Treat the Undercarriage

Another thing you can do is use a pretreatment on your vehicle’s undercarriage. This coating is sprayed on and helps prevent salt from sticking. This is definitely one of the best ways to minimize the damage that snow and salt can cause.

Drive Smart

Make sure you’re driving smart in the wintertime. This means avoiding puddles and slush when you can. If you don’t have to drive on winter roads, then don’t. The less you expose your car to these elements, the less chance you have of doing damage and getting rust.

Clean the Inside

Rust doesn’t always start from the outside of your vehicle. Sometimes the rusting process starts from parts of the interior being wet. When you’re walking around on salted and slushy sidewalks, you’ll inevitably track some of that into the vehicle. Consider getting weatherproof floor mats to help mitigate the damage done from tracking to snow into your car.

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If you’re in the market for a new or used vehicle, or if you’re in need of parts or service, Thompson Sales is here to help. Contact us today or come visit us for more information!

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