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Rust-Proof Your Ride

Rust is a threat that vehicle owners face throughout the year, but winter weather conditions can be especially tough on cars and trucks. Precipitation, fewer miles driven and extreme cold can lead to rust damage, especially when you do not take preventative steps to avoid the risks involved. Let's talk about rust-proofing your ride and protecting it against corrosion. 

The basics
Your Mechanic, an online publication devoted to automotive matters, explains that vehicle owners need to first decide whether rustproofing is the right idea, noting that newer cars are better candidates than old ones. Since rustproofing will effectively seal the surface, an older car with more wear and tear might not benefit from this treatment. According to the website, there are several paths vehicle owners can take. One may be inclined to take a modern approach and install an electronic device that generates a very gentle current that deters rust from ever forming. Or there is the more traditional approach of applying a sealant like, oil based spray that covers the entire body of the car. 


Getting the job done
First and foremost, you should seriously consider working with a professional mechanic to ensure the job is done correctly. Driving, a website dedicated to vehicle news and information, states that the price can sometimes vary, especially when purchasing rustproofing on a new car from a dealership. According to the source, consumers should beware that some dealerships can ask for as much as $1,000, but $250 would be a far more reasonable price point. 

An undercoating should also be considered when rustproofing a vehicle, as this can prevent corrosion along the bottom of the vehicle, the source also noted. 

DIY
If you do choose to rustproof your vehicle yourself, the most-common approach will be one of the oil-based sprays. These can run about $120 on average, and require a good deal of work to do properly. Travel with Kevin and Ruth, a blog, provides a step-by-step explanation for preparing the vehicle for the spray and ultimately applying the liquid on the car. 

Remember, you can often get the rustproofing completed by the dealership for a relatively low price over the cost of the spray itself. 

Drive safely!


SOURCE: 1/12/2017 - Selective Insurance - Rust Proof Your Ride
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