How often to rust proof your car
There are many misconceptions when it comes to rustproofing. Many people think that all modern cars are already rust proofed, which is not true. Car manufacturers want to make as much money as possible, which means that they do not spend money on vehicle rust proofing. Similarly, some people think that rust protection is not worth the investment, when in reality it provides additional safety and saves you money in the long run.
At the end of the day, cars rust, and if you want your vehicle to have a long and functional life, you need to protect it against rust. In this article, we explain when you should rustproof your car as well as how long the treatment lasts.
Does rust proofing need to be done every year?
Yes, rust proofing does need to be done every year if you want it to be truly effective. This is especially the case if you live in an area like Quebec, which experiences a wide range of weather conditions. Quebec’s winter conditions are reason enough to rust proof your car every year since it is exposed to snow, ice, rain, etc.
Rust on vehicles is the result of a chemical reaction, which occurs when water meets metal and causes oxidation. With all the snow that accumulates on Quebec roads during the winter, the undercoating of cars can come into contact with far more water than usual. This water, along with the salt that is on the roads, is also likely to erode the rust protection on your car, which is why you need to rust proof your car annually.
Another common misconception is that washing your car will keep rust at bay or get rid of it altogether. This is simply not the case. Simply washing your car won’t prevent the formation of rust and certainly won’t get rid of rust that has already formed. The only real solution to preventing the accumulation of rust is to apply a rust protection treatment to your vehicle every year.
When should I rustproof my car?
Rust proofing in winter
In addition, there is a common misconception that you cannot get your car rust proofed in the winter. This is a myth that has been perpetuated due to the fact that the winter months bring additional complications to rust proofing as a result of the extra debris on the roads from salt and ice. In reality, cars can and should be rust proofed in the winter.
Even if you buy your car during the winter months, you should take it to a professional in order to apply a rust protection treatment as a preventative measure. Taking such a step will save you money in the long run as repair jobs can be expensive.
Rust proofing when the car is not dry
There is a belief that cars do need to be completely dry before rust proof treatment can be applied to the undercoat. While there is some truth to this, it does not mean that it is impossible to rust proof a car that is not dry. All you need is a qualified mechanic with years of experience and a vast body of knowledge about rust proofing.
How long does rust proofing last on a car?
The conditions on the roads in Quebec cause rust proof treatment to erode quicker than you might expect. Regardless of the method of rust protection, all treatments will last only a year in Quebec. If you make the decision to not rust proof your car every year, you will start to see signs of rust form on your vehicle, which will then be more difficult to fix.
Is it worth it to rustproof your car?
Yes, rust proofing your car is more than worth it. Rust formation can completely ruin a car. Even cars which would otherwise have had a long life ahead of them can be damaged by the presence of rust. Not only does rust protection keep your car looking fresh and new by protecting the body panels from rust stains, but it also protects the functioning parts of your car, many of which are stored on its underbelly.
In addition to providing aesthetic benefits by preventing the accumulation of visible rust spots on your car, and ensuring that your car has a long life, regular rust protection will also prove extremely useful when you want to sell your car. Having a rust inhibitor applied to your car is a big selling point as it not only shows that you have looked after your car, but also provides the buyer with additional benefits when they purchase the car.
Benefits of rustproofing your vehicle
There are many benefits associated with rustproofing your car. These include:
- Reduced repair costs.
- Increase in the resale value of your car.
- Enhancement of your car’s life span.
- Improved safety as rust on vehicles can cause corrosion, thereby weakening the structural integrity of the car.
- Better aesthetics.
- Positive environmental impact,as vehicles that have no signs of rust present can be recycled.
Although all these benefits are good reasons to get your car rust proofed, the biggest argument in favor of applying rust proofing treatment to your car is the fact that it will provide you with peace of mind. The corrosion that rust causes can ultimately be extremely dangerous.
Rustproofing your car is more of a necessity than a choice, especially for drivers in Quebec whose cars are more susceptible to the accumulation of rust due to the hostile weather conditions. At Antirouille Champlain, we are dedicated to ensuring that your car has as long life. Our certified antirust treatments have been carefully studied and constantly improved since 1972.