Most of us believe our vehicles are safe. But have you taken a peek underneath your car lately? Chances are, if you have kept your car for over four years, the first signs of deterioration have already begun to appear in the form of corrosion – unless of course you’ve taken preventive measures by rust protecting your car annually.
Without proper protection against rust, a vehicle’s metal body can begin to corrode after just a few years, making new cars susceptible as well. After years of exposure to our harsh weather conditions and road salt, rust usually starts to appear in weaker areas of our cars such as spot welds, door dings, scratches and rock chips. If left unchecked, rust can spread and also harm the mechanical parts that are essential to the safe running of the vehicle such as the gas tank, electrical connections and brake lines. This has come up often on Dave’s Corner Garage.
“Corrosion should not be taken lightly as it directly affects the overall safety of your vehicle,” explains Freeman Young, president of Krown Rust Control System. “As soon as your car starts getting rusty, the overall integrity of the vehicle is compromised. Treating your vehicle with a rust control product every year actually makes the frame stronger and protects the moving parts. The fact is rust protection equals safety.”
Rust inhibitors also act as lubricants and will protect the internal parts of your car, such as wiring, which is often prone to oxidation and electric shorts. While protecting yourself and your loved ones should be your main concern, there are also products available that have a lower environmental impact. For example, Krown’s rust protection does not contain any solvents, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or toxins.
Another advantage of rust control, Young adds, is that you’ll save money in the long run. You’ll have lower maintenance and repair costs because moving parts such as door locks and window winders, along with dozens of other components, will be protected and last longer. And a rust protected vehicle has a higher resale or trade-in value.
“You wouldn’t think of not changing your vehicle’s oil to maintain the motor,” Young said, “and an annual rust control treatment protects a car’s body and moving parts in the same way. Think of it as preventive maintenance for your aging car.”
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