Modes of Transportation – In an Automobile

Rust-Proofing

Regular rust-proofing by a specialist is an excellent way to delay the appearance of rust on your vehicle.

Rust-proofing for your vehicle? Yes!

Although today's vehicles are better built, they are still not immune to rust. Manufacturers use higher quality steel, more resistant paint, anti-corrosion coatings and more plastic materials; however, your car can still rust.

Rust prefers winter

Despite these improvements, no vehicle is spared the effects of corrosion, which is a natural oxidation phenomenon that causes metals to deteriorate.

Winter is the worst season for corrosion. Humidity, precipitation and salt-based de-icing products are detrimental to your vehicle's condition.

Useful information

Parking in a heated place speeds up rusting

Contrary to popular belief, parking your vehicle in a heated garage does not provide protection, but actually speeds up and increases the negative effects of corrosion.

The effects of rust

Rust attacks your vehicle's metal parts. After a few years, surface rust may become visible.

Rust can also appear under the vehicle and, in the long run, compromise its structural integrity. If the problem is left unattended, rust can cause serious structural damage and make your vehicle less safe.

Two solutions to delay the onset of corrosion

  • Paint your vehicle.
  • Rust-proof your vehicle.
Useful information

Have your car washed

This is a good way to remove salt residue that can accumulate under the vehicle's body.

Rust-proofing is for you if you have:

  • a new vehicle that you intend on keeping for 4 years or more
  • a used vehicle that you wish to keep in good condition for at least 5 years

To summarize

Proper rust-proofing helps:

  • preserve your vehicle's structural integrity
  • maintain the level of safety provided by a new vehicle
  • maintain your vehicle's appearance
  • maintain your vehicle's value
  • extend your vehicle's life expectancy

For more information

Read the article on rust-proofing in Protégez-vous magazine (in French only, subscription required).