Rustproofing your car equals safety

Most of us are safety conscious drivers and we want our vehicles to be safe for us to travel in, no matter what their age. But if you keep your vehicle for more than four or five years in a harsh climate like ours, it will inevitably start to show signs of deterioration. Rust is one of those signs.

  • Nov. 12, 2008 5:00 a.m.

(NC)—Most of us are safety conscious drivers and we want our vehicles to be safe for us to travel in, no matter what their age. But if you keep your vehicle for more than four or five years in a harsh climate like ours, it will inevitably start to show signs of deterioration. Rust is one of those signs.

To help keep your vehicle safe and to delay the signs of aging, it’s a good idea to have it sprayed annually with a high-quality rust control product.

Safety is an added benefit

Without proper protection against rust, a vehicle’s metal body can begin to corrode after just a few years. Rust usually starts in weaker areas such as spot welds (newer vehicles have as many as 2,000 of these places where metal parts are welded together.) If left unchecked, rust can also harm the mechanical parts that are essential to the safe running of the vehicle such as the gas tank, electrical connections and brake lines.

“As soon as your car starts getting rusty, the overall integrity of the vehicle is compromised,” explains Freeman Young, president of Krown Rust Control System. “Treating your vehicle with a rust control product every year actually makes the frame stronger and protects the moving parts. The fact is that rustproofing equals safety.”

Another advantage of rust control is that you’ll save money in the long run. You’ll have lower maintenance and repair costs because moving parts such as door locks and “window winders,” along with dozens of other components, will be protected and last longer. And a rustproofed vehicle has a higher resale or trade-in value.

“You wouldn’t think of not changing your vehicle’s oil to maintain the motor,” says Young, “and an annual rust control treatment protects a car’s body and moving parts in the same way. Think of it as preventive maintenance for your aging car.”