In many ways, a vehicle is similar to the human body. While your car can't catch a cold or virus, a rust mark is a sign that needs attention. Rust on your vehicle is not always a life or death situation. Its severity depends on various factors, including size and how long it's been there.
In some circumstances, rust spots can be considered quick fixes. However, some other issues may require a significant repair. Rust can develop when your vehicle's steel components are placed in an environment with oxygen and moisture for an extended time. The chemical changes will cause the metal to look reddish-brown and deteriorate. Rust will cause the metal to be very brittle and worn. Since your car is mostly made of metal, rust could render internal parts exposed and susceptible to damage.
Rust has a specialized chemical origin and is challenging to combat, which is why it's always best to leave it to the professionals for repairs. We've compiled a few tips to help you prevent rust from growing from the start:
- Wash your car regularly
- Make sure you regularly wax or apply a ceramic coat to your vehicle.
- Always park in a garage or under a covered/shaded parking space whenever possible.
- Touch up any paint chips you may have where metal is exposed.
- Place undercoating to the undercarriage of your car.
- Patch any worn weather-stripping.
Preventative maintenance can do more than you think to prevent rust and other costly repairs. If you take proper care of your car, it will take care of you. If you start to see rust forming on your vehicle, please give it immediate attention right away. At Tom's Auto Center, our friendly, professional staff would be glad to inspect your vehicle and provide the necessary care. Please call us at (608) 597-6485 or visit our shop in Mcfarland, WI today!