Why Don’t Cars Get Rusty Anymore?
Car rust used to be a common problem for vehicles, particularly older models. But within the last 25 years, rust and metal corrosion on vehicles has significantly reduced thanks to the developments in the auto industry. The changes that have occurred over the past two decades has subsequently meant that the use of galvanised steel has increased, which is cleverly coated, on both sides, with rust-resistant zinc. Also, our cars are now protected with more durable coatings – mainly high quality paints.
In addition, car technology and design has evolved to a point where a large number of vehicles are redesigned and manufactured without small pockets and crevasses for mud, water and road salt to collect in. Rust-prone seams have also been improved, with metal being replaced for a rust-resistant plastic alternative.
The replacement of chrome-plated trim and stainless steel has significantly reduced the amount of galvanic corrosion, something which occurs when two different metals rub together to generate a tiny electric current. Unfortunately, there’s very little you can do to prevent rust forming on your vehicle. However, there are a few ways to help prolong its emergence.
How to prevent rust on your car
- Don’t let water sit on your car for long periods of time
- Regularly wash your vehicle, paying particular attention to small nooks and crannies
- While you’re washing the body of your car, try also cleaning the undercarriage to prevent road salt from settling and corroding the metal underneath your car. Many automatic car washes offer undercarriage cleaning, alternatively, you could jack it up and spray the underside with a hose (if you’re able)
- Use baking powder to neutralise the road salt, simply add a tablespoon of it to your car-friendly soap and use it to wash the wheel arches and (if you can) the car’s undercarriage
- Rinse the soap thoroughly, leaving it on for long periods of time can dull and subsequently damage the paint
- Wax your vehicle at least twice a year
- Inspect your car regularly, especially the parts that are more prone to rusting than others, such as:
- Wheel arches
- Around the bumper
- On and around car doors
- Gaps where the boot meets the body of the car
- When it goes in for servicing (which should be regularly) ask to see under the vehicle, or ask the mechanics to notify you if they see any rust starting to form. They may be able to offer you a solution to remove the rust (if there is any)
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