Corrosion Prevention for the Body of your Vehicle
 
  • Keep your vehicle clean even if you can't keep it dry.
  • Keeping a vehicle free of the environmental elements such as rain, snow, tree sap, and sand is a vehicle owner's responsibility.
  • If you've been driving in a lot of mud, try to hose your vehicle off even if you can't dry it. Occasionally, use a pressure washer to blast the edges of trim and any dirt traps you might be aware of.
  • Keeping the vehicle in a garage, or covered parking area is good prevention. Properly washing, drying and polishing a vehicle is also very important. Keep the finish waxed. The protective finish can be stripped from the vehicle if harsh detergents or polishes are used.
  • Keep the under-carriage clean, to help prevent early corrosion. The vehicle should be checked for proper corrosion protection. Inspect your car thoroughly, especially the lower edges and around wheel openings. Don't just look for corrosion
  • Look for open seams, chips, thin paint and anything that might let moisture get to the vehicle's metal. Do the inspection at least twice a year. If the paint has been chipped, scraped or is fading, it is important to have it repaired as soon as possible to slow down the corrosion process. The main objective is to prevent moisture-laden oxygen from coming in contact with the surface of the steel. If corrosion, in the form of rust, takes hold, it can dangerously weaken structural components of a vehicle. Restoring and maintaining the corrosion resistance of a vehicle is as much as a safety issue as it is a means of prolonging the vehicle's cosmetic appearance.
  • When a vehicle has been damaged, it is important to have it repaired in a well-equipped facility, with technicians trained to not only restore the vehicle to its pre-accident condition, but also to restore the corrosion protection back to the manufacturer's standards.