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5 Ways to Protect Your Car From Rust

The orange look of rust is not only hideous, but it can do a lot more than bring down the appearance of your car. Rust can eat away your important structures and components, interfering with the vehicle's integrity and performance. Save yourself from the frustration and troubles of rust by following these preventative tips below:

  • Tip #1: Wash your car routinely, winters included. It may seem easier said than done, but a car wash can do wonders for your vehicle. Getting rid of dirt and debris off your car will ensure the outer coating of paint stays fresh and the undercarriage clean. Furthermore, it is especially important to rinse your vehicle off in the winter. The salt often scattered on the roads can make it easier for rust to form. 
  • Tip #2: Pay attention to your vehicle's paint. Is the paint on your car peeling? Are there scratches or chips? Any open cut on your vehicle's paint can allow external elements, like water to sneak in and create rust. 
  • Tip #4: Don't forget the wax. Yes, wax does make your car look shiny. But it offers many more benefits, including preserving your vehicle's paint. It also protects the paint from UV rays and prevents fading, so make sure you apply a good coat of it the next time you have it washed. Waxing should be done at least twice a year.
  • Tip #5: Keep the interior clean. Before you have questions about how this could happen, imagine this scenario. If you spill a liquid inside your vehicle, and it sinks through the carpet, it will eventually drip onto metal. Therefore, you are putting your vehicle at risk of rust forming. So next time you have an accident in your car, clean it up quickly.

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