How Soon Will My Vehicle Rust or Corrode?

January 13, 2022

Whether your vehicle is brand new or it’s been around a while, rust and corrosion are inevitable. Not only as your car or truck ages, but as soon as it drives off the lot for the first time. It’s never too late to start protecting your vehicle from the dangers of rust and corrosion. Getting a head start will help to keep vulnerable areas free of rust and corrosion, preserving its value and increasing your safety while out on the road.

The Ins-and-Outs of Rust and Corrosion

We know that flaking and crumbling rust and corrosion can have detrimental effects on your vehicle, especially during winter months with road salt wreaking havoc on its undercarriage and other exposed areas, but what are they exactly?

Rust is the result of iron being exposed to water and air, which causes a normally very strong metal to become extremely brittle. Corrosion occurs when the atoms on a metal surface are oxidized, potentially damaging its entire surface.

There are a variety of ways that rust and corrosion can damage your vehicle, but just because you can’t see the two common chemical reactions taking place doesn’t mean they aren’t happening. You may be able to spot surface rust and corrosion easily, but often times it’s too late, as the erosion starts from the inside of your car or truck’s panels and works its way out, all while spreading at a rapid rate.

Rust Protection is Key

Having a rust protection service performed on your vehicle is a surefire way to ensure protection from the start while helping to increase its resale value. The sooner you can make an appointment after leaving the car dealership the better off you’ll be. During a rust protection, the vulnerable areas of your car or truck, including the hood, all body panels, and the trunk are sealed. A thick, abrasion-resistant sealant is also applied to your vehicle’s undercarriage, protecting its most exposed areas from moisture, dirt, road salt, and more.

Don’t wait until the damage is already done. Contact your local Ziebart today to learn more about defending your vehicle against rust and corrosion this winter and beyond.

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