Rust and Cars: Do They Have To Go Hand-In-Hand?

There are countless perils to vehicle maintenance, but one of the biggest undoubtedly surrounds the build-up of rust. Depending on the component of your car that has been affected, the consequences can be extensive and as well as this, expensive.

Fortunately, rust isn’t an issue that affects every car in the land. It’s not something that all drivers should get used to and if you take the adequate provisions whilst driving, you won’t experience some of the horrors that this defect can throw at you.


We’ll start with one of the big reasons why rust occurs; it’s the weather. Whether it’s variations in temperature, or just scratches being exposed to the rain, snow and everything else – the weather can turn a car in perfect working-order into one that’s an absolute rust bucket. It doesn’t happen overnight, but over time the problem gets expensive. As you’ve probably realised, the option in these cases is fairly simple – if you can, keep your car indoors. This might mean renting a garage but if you do own a vehicle that has already seen some of the paintwork chip away for whatever reason, this might be the quickest way to ensure that the problem doesn’t escalate.

Perhaps an easier tip to protect your car from rust just relates to basic car maintenance, i.e., washing it on a regular basis. Don’t be tempted to shirk away in the middle of winter either – this is the period of the year where rust really can hit home. Particularly with plenty of salt on the roads, this gives rust even more of an incentive to develop so ensure you get your bucket and sponge out at least every fortnight.


On the subject of salt, now is the time to take extra caution around roads which are coated with this substance. At the moment the media seems certain that we’re set to be hit by a snow storm, so prepare for an avalanche of salt to be unloaded onto the roads as well. As we’ve already determined, this provides the perfect platform for rust to develop – so just drive a little more carefully if you do come across it and if it’s unavoidable, at least revert to the regular washing technique to remove it instantly.

There are more thorough measures you can take as well, with some people opting to annually wax their car to give it that extra layer of protection. While a lot of this guide has concentrated on the colder months, it’s sometimes advisable to do this at the start of summer. With the sun’s rays being a key reason behind a lot of paint cracking, investing in a wax product can minimise the chance of this happening and ultimately, lessen the likelihood of rust as well.

Of course, there will be occasions where rust hits some cars, although recent advancements mean that there are a whole concoction of chemicals that are designed to clear it up in its early stages. However, if you can stick to the above “rules”, you will hopefully be one of those drivers who never has to rely on such products and can hit the roads rust-free.

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