Rust is the archenemy of anything that has iron. And since almost every single part of a car is made of iron-containing metal, except of course the upholstery on seats and that plastic dashboard, the likelihood of rust building up on the many components such as the battery and bodywork is not far fetched. Corrosion is inevitable, especially if one does not take the necessary measures that help in minimizing corrosion on the car.
So how do you make sure that your precious car is protected from the damages of corrosion? Firstly, if you are on the look out to buy a car, whether it’s brand new from the dealership, or previously-owned from the used car garage, choose one that already has an existing rust-proofing. New cars should have at least a 5 year warranty on the anti-rust coating job. Meanwhile, while it may not be possible to find a second hand car that has a rust-proofing guarantee, the best you can do is to have it treated immediately after purchase. But since this is a highly specialized area of car detailing, make sure that you get the service from a reputable shop.
Now that you are a proud car owner, preventive maintenance should be done periodically if you want to keep your car in overall top shape. Regular cleaning is important – especially if you live in an area with frequent rain. That seemingly innocent mud caked on the surface of the car can do unimaginable harm to the bodywork. Mud is moist and as such will breed rust if not properly cleaned out. Salt sprinkled on the roads during the winter is another culprit in the corrosion problem. Make sure that you frequently wash your car with specialized cleaners during this season to make sure that salt won’t eat away on the various components of the car. This is especially true for parts that are underneath such as the brake and engine assemblies. Just make sure that you thoroughly hose the car down as cleaners also contain chemicals that can strip the rust-proof coat off. Storage is highly important, especially during extreme weather conditions. After coming home during a rain shower, make sure that you let the car dry prior to closing the garage. This is important if you want to avoid condensation from accumulating on the car due to the combination of your home’s warm and the car’s chilly temperatures.
If your car already has a substantial buildup of rust, then make sure that you have it sent to a car bodywork shop. While treatment and replacement of parts can be very costly, it will be a worthwhile investment in the long run. Just make sure that you do your research on the prevailing prices of such by asking for your friends’ recommendations. Various sources on the Internet can also provide you with valuable information in locating respectable shops that provide the best service in this area of expertise. Just make sure that you balance your finances and properly schedule these car treatments and repairs to avoid ruining your budget.