- 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.