Rusty exterior of a sedan

How to keep your vehicle rust-free

Brutal Long Island winters can make keeping your vehicle rust-free a real challenge. The good news is there are a variety of things you can do to help keep your car, truck or SUV in top-notch condition and rust-free. The key is to keep up routine car washes and waxes throughout the year.

Wash your vehicle every few weeks

Road salt can take a toll on your vehicle’s paint. That’s why regular car washes are essential, especially in the winter. It’s important to wash your vehicle and to pay close attention to the undercarriage of the vehicle to be sure to get rid of snow, salt and chemical deposits. Even one car wash during the winter can make a big difference in minimizing the effect of road salt on your vehicle’s paint.

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Wax your car twice a yearA mechanic polishing the door frame of a car

Another great way to help prevent rust on your vehicle is with regular waxes. Automotive wax helps protect your vehicle’s paint from fading and damage and helps repel water. Like regular car washes, routine waxes are also essential. A good rule of thumb is to apply automotive wax twice a year at minimum.

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Keep an eye out for rust

Rust doesn’t happen overnight, but slowly. That’s why it’s important to monitor your vehicle’s exterior for rust and bubbly paint. Wheel wells, bumpers, interior door frames, inside of the truck and the top of the engine. If you notice rust, it’s important to take action so it doesn’t spread. There are a variety of ways to do so, including at-home kits, rust-stopping paints and more.


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