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How Can You Prevent Rust Damage in the Winter?

Dec 13, 2013

With a dip in temperature comes the inevitable: salt on the roads. While salt makes the roads safer, it can also do a number on your vehicle. Cars and trucks that are subject to road salt and other chemicals during the winter are susceptible to grime, paint damage and, worse, rust. But how can you prevent rust damage in the winter?

The first way to avoid rust damage in the winter is through regular car washes. By focusing on washing your car weekly, you can help avoid the build-up of salt and other ice prevention chemicals on your car. One thing to note, though: make sure your car is dry after the wash before going back on the road. A wet car will collect salt and road grime easier than a dry one, sending all of your hard work down the drain.

A second way to prevent rust damage in the winter is to remember rust can start from the inside. Be sure that any liquid spills or accumulation are taken care of before they become a problem. While carpets and mats can catch snow and water tracked into your car or truck, they may also allow water to get through to your vehicle’s floorboards. This can lead to rust problems from within. Make sure that your vehicle’s drain holes are not blocked up or clogged to ensure that any water passing through does not pool and begin creating rust damage in the winter months.

Avoid rust damage altogether in the winter with our rust protection services. This process involves spraying our exclusive chemicals under your car or truck and in the places rust can accumulate, effectively insulating your vehicle from the harm salt and water accumulation can cause. We at Ziebart have been handling rust protection for decades and can help educate you on the important details regarding keeping your car free from damage. Rust protection is the best way to prevent rust damage in the winter every year, and having your vehicle brought in for annual inspections is a great way to catch problems before they start.

It is easy to forget that every road without ice this winter is likely covered in salts and chemicals that can be harmful for your vehicle. By being proactive in preventing rust damage in the winter, you can not only avoid unwelcome surprises in the spring but also help maintain your car or truck’s value for years to come. For more information on avoiding rust damage this winter, especially with our rust protection services, contact your local Ziebart franchise.