A simple guide to protecting your vehicle from rust

By: Auto Gallery of Winnipeg   |   07 May 2018

If you want your ride to be at its best for long, consider rust to be your number one enemy; after all, few elements can undermine a vehicle’s looks, integrity, and overall value quite like corrosion. The good news is that protecting your ride against rust simply requires a little time, effort, and commitment – the following tips are guaranteed to help.

Clean it regularly

Unless you are keeping your ride clean it is only a matter of time before corrosion starts, because dirt, dust, and debris left to accumulate on your vehicle provides prime conditions for rust to establish. To prevent this from happening to you, get into the habit of washing your vehicle at least once a month and never let it sit dirty for more than a day or two, such as when you get back home following an adventure. When washing your vehicle, keep in mind that the most likely places for rust to start are the wheel wells, beneath the bumper, and the underside of the vehicle, so focus your efforts on all those hard-to-reach places.

Get it coated

Putting an extra layer of protection between your vehicle and the elements is always a good idea, particularly when it comes to preventing rust; therefore, do yourself a favour and have wax or some other protective coating applied to your ride. The vast majority of coatings are fast and easy to apply yourself without any special tools or training; however, even the finest treatments won’t last forever and most need to be reapplied every 3 or 4 months.

Prevent body damage

Chips, cracks and other damage to the body of your vehicle will leave it highly vulnerable to corrosion, making it vital that you do whatever you can to prevent any such damage from happening in the first place. A great way to do so is by investing in mud flaps for each of your tires, as this will help stop sticks, rocks, and debris from being flicked up against the sides of your vehicle. Better yet, have a set of running boards installed, as this savvy feature will do a fantastic job of intercepting any potentially damaging objects.

Keep a close watch

If despite your best efforts corrosion starts to form on your vehicle it is important that you spot it early; otherwise, it can quickly grow into a larger and more expensive problem. For best results, take the time to thoroughly inspect your vehicle on a regular basis, ideally at least once or twice a month, and if you notice anything even remotely worrying have an expert take a look at it for you sooner rather than later. The clearest signs of rust damage to look for include paint that is cracked, blistered, or bubbling.

At Auto Gallery Winnipeg you will find a huge range of quality used vehicles and a team of friendly and knowledgeable experts who are always happy to help. You can check out our wide selection of vehicles online, give us a call, or drop by and see us in person at 3777 Portage Ave Winnipeg.

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