Rust Proofing Your Vehicle to Maximize the Value of Your Investment
Here in Waterloo, it is the season of white stuff — and we’re not talking about snow. Rather, that other white stuff that comes hand-in-hand: SALT. Cars can really take an irreversible beating in the winter with corrosive salt scattered across roads and then trekked into interiors on footwear. Salt is obviously a huge contributor to rust and can have a major impact on a car’s resale value. Even new cars can start to show signs of rust in just a couple years. Regular rust proofing helps to maximize the long-term value of your vehicle.
Here are a few tips you can implement to prevent rust from damaging your vehicle over time.
Stay on Top of Paint Chips and Scratches
Any chips or scratches in your vehicle’s paint job, no matter how small, should be tended to as soon as possible. These little dings are like open wounds of exposed metal, leaving those areas of your car more vulnerable to rusting. If surface rust blisters into serious rust, you could have an ugly problem on your hands.
Rust is the crust that forms on your vehicle when water and air combine. Salt then accelerates that corrosion. You can deflect the water part of the formula by rust-proofing your car with mineral-based oils applied on joints, seams, weld spots, and anywhere else rust typically forms. You can also protect your brake and fuel lines and electrical parts from corrosion by applying a little oil on them too.
Containing wax, polymers or tar, sealants are a one-time treatment that protect cars against the elements. Sealants need to be applied when the underbody of the car is clean and dry. However, if there is already considerable rust on the underside of your car, sealants might accelerate that corrosion. Out of sight and out of mind, rust can spread rampantly beneath the layer of sealant.
Electronic Rust Inhibitors
Electronic rust inhibitors are quickly installed devices that work by applying a weak current of electricity throughout your vehicle. They are based on the concept of cathodic protection, which is used on the submerged sections of boats and bridges. That said, those other devices work when the metal is always submerged in water. There is some debate about the value of using an electronic rust inhibitor on vehicles, and whether they actually work or not.
Annual Rust Proofing
An annual rust proofing performed by professionals can make a huge difference over the lifetime of your vehicle. Automotive shops apply a light combination of oil and gel that will protect your car for the season. To avoid stains on your driveway, you may want to park on the street for a day after the rust proofing is performed. Otherwise, it should only take about 6 weeks, give or take, for those stains to wash away.
It is always worth the investment of time and care now to better protect your financial investment for the future. Contact Waterloo Honda’s Service department to ask about rust proofing for your vehicle this winter.