Car corrosion is like cancer. Once it starts spreading, it can be very hard to stop-and in some cases amputation (replacing metal or body components) is the only option. That’s why preventing rust from occurring in the first place is your best option. Fortunately, there are a number of solutions for rust proofing your car, and even if you purchase a used vehicle there are still steps you can take to keep rust from starting.
While getting your car undercoated from the factory is likely your best option, you can also apply rust prevention solutions and undercoating after you have owned your vehicle for a while. Mississauga Kia has a number of rust prevention solutions for your car, whether you purchase it new or used.
Contact our service department online for more information, or phone our service department directly. Our dealership serves Mississuaga, Brampton, Milton, Oakville, and the Greater Toronto Area.
Rust Prevention Tips for Your Car
One of the largest causes of rust in Ontario is the salt used on winter roads. This salt is harsh on your vehicle’s undercarriage, and can eat body panels from the inside out. The best way to prevent damage from road salt is to undercoat your vehicle. Even then, it’s a good idea to regularly wash your undercarriage and the rest of your car to remove salt and other harmful deposits from the wheel wells and other rust-prone areas. If you wash your vehicle at home, be sure to spray under the car. You can even place a sprinkler to get hard-to-reach areas. It’s also a good idea to wax your car every four months to protect your paint.
On top of washing and waxing it is also good practice to:
- Clean up spills or leaks inside your car. If water or liquids leak into your carpet, they can start to rust your car from the inside.
- Check for rust regularly. Look for paint bubbles or blisters on the paint, and be sure to check rust-prone areas like the engine compartment, trunk, and undercarriage.
- When you spot problems in the paint, get them fixed quickly. Watch for small scratches, nicks, and spots where the paint has flaked off to bare metal. Dark spots on the paint can also indicate that rust could be happening underneath.
If you find rust, use a single-edged razor blade or fine-grain sandpaper to gently scrape it away. Rust remover can make this job easier if you apply it after you get the crusty stuff off the surface. Always work inward from the edges to avoid damaging the surrounding paint.
After you’ve removed all the rust, apply some rust arrestor to keep the rust from spreading further. As soon as the area is dry, prime and paint it to protect the surface and restore it to its former beauty. However, if you see large rust holes in the body of the vehicle, or if the frame has been badly weakened by rust it’s probably best to have the problem treated by a professional.