Car Rust can be a silent killer for car owners that have exposed or bare areas of metal. Areas under the car or out of sight can also be prone to significant rust damage. The outer body of most cars is either made out of steel or aluminum. This is because they are strong and durable metals. Steel is inexpensive and has been used in vehicle production for over 100 years. Aluminum is a rapidly growing rival of steel because it is lighter and just as strong as steel. In this article, we’ll be focusing on steel because steel is the most commonly used metal in vehicle production.

What is Car Rust?

Car rust is a brown stain that appears on cars when they begin to rust. Car rust spreads quickly like a rash and it is a very unpleasant sight. Car rust not only damages the body of your vehicle but also reduces the resale value drastically.  Car rust can signify the age of a vehicle and the impending end of a vehicle. Rust can lead to parts of the vehicle falling off or breaking. Road salts and other contaminants dissolved in water act as electrolytes. When electrolytes are introduced to a chemical reaction, they speed up the exchange of molecular components. For drivers, this means that dirty or salty water trapped somewhere in the car’s body makes that spot rust faster. It also explains why cars in northern climates where salt is used in winter as well as cars that spend a lot of time near the ocean are prone to rot.

Why Do Cars Rust?

Cars rust when the paint is peeled or chipped and then the bare body is exposed to oxygen and water. Steel already contains oxygen so all it needs to rust is water.

Types of Rust

  • Surface Rust – These are little spots around the vehicle. It can be a simple dot or a small patch only visible on the body of the vehicle. This can be fixed by a painting job and body repairs.
  • Serious Rust – This is when rust occurs on the bottom inside of the door, on the fender, on the area framing the tires, and other areas where rust is visible on both sides. This shows the vehicle is no longer safe and the cost to repair corrosions like these is very high.
  • Frame Rust – Finally, we have frame rust. This is rust located around frames. Frame rust is dangerous because it can lead to parts of the rust simply falling off.
  • If the car is older then it is more likely to rust than a newer one. It is important to note that this doesn’t mean older vehicles are bad. Every car made with a metal is susceptible to rust.
  • The absence of a good primer and paint job. Paint and primer help to protect the bare metal from the sun, water, and other elements. This significantly reduces the chances of rust.
  • Your location is important. If you live in a large city like Brooklyn NY then you’re probably going to be parking your car outdoors a lot. Rain especially rainstorms can damage the paint job of your car and expose the steel to rust.

Another climate that breeds rust is a humid one. Saltwater or high salt content in the air can eat away at the paint and cause rust to form. Brooklyn NY gets more rain than the average US city therefore locations like Brooklyn NY are more susceptible to situations that may lead to rust on your car.

How to Protect Your Car From Rust

To protect your vehicle from rust, try the following tips.

  • Ensure the paint job is top tier.
  • Address body damages immediately especially if you’re looking to sell the vehicle later on.
  • If you live in a city like Brooklyn NY it might be difficult to find covered parking lots but if you can, it is advisable to park in covered spots.
  • Try rust protection products. Aftermarket products like sprays oil sprays, and tar sprays are great for rust protection. Another rust protection product you can try is the Electronic Module.
  • Finally, wash your vehicle bi-weekly and do not skimp out on wax coating. These help to protect your vehicle against rust and corrosion.
  • Make sure no visible metal scratches or dings are left unpainted and fixed.

Has your car recently had areas of rust forming? If your vehicle has shown signs of rust damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE!

Auto Group Collision is Brooklyn’s Body Shop Experts

Since 2004 Auto Group Collision has been providing the people of Brooklyn and surrounding areas with the highest quality of collision repair and auto body repair service. We established a trusted collision center that takes customer from the initial estimate to the completion of repair to getting you back into your car and in the driver’s seat while working closely with your insurance company.

Dealing with an automobile collision is traumatic enough without having to worry about filing insurance claims.  We know that each insurance company has its own procedures, and we’re here to assist you with the insurance company transactions.  We provide the information they require regarding the collision repairs, as we guide you through the entire process of dealing with all the paperwork.

We accept all insurance estimates and work with all insurance companies.  Auto Body Collision wants you to be a satisfied policy holder, so we’ve established relationships with all the region’s major insurance companies.  Working directly with your insurance company, we’re able to start repairs immediately while also often helping speed up the insurance adjuster’s inspection and approval.

As soon as the work is approved, the parts are ordered. To expedite the work, when parts are received they are put into a bin, which only holds parts for one particular job. This type of care and orderliness insures your vehicle is repaired using only authorized parts.

Auto Body Collision works with your insurance company, estimating damage, handling your claim, and negotiating with the insurance company to make sure your repairs are done properly and swiftly.

Has your car been in a collision or minor fender bender? If your vehicle has received body damage, frame or paint damage, call Auto Group Collision at (718) 449-4616 and see how we can help! Contact us now to for a FREE ESTIMATE!