A clean, dry car is the best defense against rust.
As long as cars and trucks are made of steel, they will be subject to the effects of corrosive oxidation, otherwise known as rust.
It’s not just unsightly – rust can weaken the structure of your vehicle. And over time, the presence of rust will affect your car’s value.
Your car’s paint job acts as a protectant against rust; touch up scratches and naked metal where paint has worn away.
Drive sparingly on salted roads in the winter. When you do — it’s hard to avoid when you live in the northeast! — treat your car to a car wash (the undercarriage too!) and drive slowly through the dryer to dry the surfaces. If you live near the ocean, follow the same advice.
Rust can take hold in out-of-the-way places. Keep nooks and crannies free from collected leaves, dust, and dirt deposits (under your car’s hood or trunk lid – these areas tend to collect moisture and are not exposed to the sun’s drying effects).
Keep your car as clean and dry as possible. Wash it regularly to keep the surfaces free of dirt and salt. Park in a garage or parking deck when space is available.
If your car or truck is showing the beginning signs of rust, see your car care provider; removing rust from your vehicle is not a job for the beginner.
Do your car or truck a favor — keep it as clean and dry as possible. You’ll be doing plenty to keep it rust-free!