In this day and age, vehicles are virtually a necessity. Almost all of us own at least one vehicle with many households owning 2 or more. Although vehicle manufacturers are constantly improving the materials used in the manufacture of vehicles, corrosion is still a major issue especially in North America. Described by some as the “rust belt,” the strip across southern Canada and the Northern United States is one of the most corrosive environments in the world. This winter has reminded all of us of the extreme temperatures that are possible in this part of the world. In addition, the abundance of de-icing chemicals being used on our roads combined with the high humidity in warmer months is a recipe rust. Chemicals like magnesium chloride and calcium chloride are extremely effective at keeping our roads safe but unfortunately are far more likely to cause rust on your vehicle than the typical road-salt of yesteryear.
Your vehicle may look great now, or even next year but if left unprotected virtually every vehicle or piece of equipment will eventually rust. “Taking steps now to protect against corrosion is not just proper vehicle maintenance but will also give you peace of mind knowing that you have done all you can to protect your investment, says Freeman Young, president of Krown Rust Control System. “Corrosion of vehicles shortens their lifecycle, can cause the failure of various mechanical and electrical parts and can even compromise the vehicle’s safety.”
Proper maintenance of a vehicle including the use of a rust protection product brings numerous benefits:
- A better-looking vehicle – Although “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” no one would argue that a clean, rust-free vehicle isn’t more attractive than one that is rusty. The pride of owning something that still looks good years down the road may be subjective but is still one of the benefits of rust protection.
- Higher resale value – Vehicles that are free of rust will sell quicker and for more money at both the retail and wholesale level.
- Longer lifecycle – Vehicles that don’t rust, last longer both mechanically and from a body panel standpoint.
- Reduced repair costs – Vehicles that are properly protected against corrosion will generally have fewer maintenance issues. Annual “active” rust control products keep moving parts like brake cables and lock mechanisms lubricated, resulting in less seize-ups and quicker repair time if components do need to be replaced. In addition many of the costly repairs on computer chips and electronic components are actually caused by corrosion of these electrical parts. A properly formulated rust inhibitor can also prevent corrosion of these sensitive areas, drastically reducing these repairs as well.
- Safer vehicle – A rusty vehicle will eventually have its structural integrity compromised. Rusty vehicles do not fare as well in collisions as the corroded parts often cause the panels to collapse in ways the manufacturer had not intended. From a general “frame strength” standpoint, a rust-free frame is stronger than a corroded one.
- Environmental Impact – Each year millions of vehicles are sent to the “scrap yard” or recycled as they come to the end of their life. By protecting a vehicle from corrosion, more of the vehicle’s metal and components can be recycled and reused, reducing the amount of waste that is created. In addition by lengthening the lifecycle of vehicles in general, reducing corrosion can prevent millions of vehicles from retiring prematurely. One more car on the road instead of in the “scrap yard” benefits the earth and we are talking about millions of vehicles that could be on the road for even 2 or 3 additional years before
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