Rustproofing – Is It Worth the investment?

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Rustproofing and undercoating your vehicle can protect it from corrosion and rust. This is especially important for the undercarriage of your vehicle, which commonly comes into contact with substances such as water, chemicals such as salt, and other dirt and debris from the road. Without some sort of protection, the bottom of your vehicle can rust and corrode, leading to part failure. Before rustproofing or undercoating your undercarriage, you need to consider a few things.

The advantages and disadvantages of rustproofing/undercoating your vehicle:

New Vehicle:  

The best time to rustproof or apply undercoating protection is when you buy a brand-new vehicle that hasn’t been driven yet. Do what many folks in Northern Virginia have done, set an appointment at APS in Fairfax to have the service performed shortly after your purchase.

This represents the best time to have an undercoating applied, as the underbody of the vehicle is probably the cleanest it will ever be.

Used Vehicle

For used vehicles, rustproofing requires the expertise of professionals who must remove existing rust before the application of the rustproofing and undercoating.

This applies most commonly to used vehicles. While the underside of the vehicle has already been exposed to water, dirt, and other debris from the road at this point, applying an undercoating now can protect it from further exposure.

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Different types of rustproofing/undercoating

When having your vehicle rustproofed or an undercoating applied, you have a few options to choose from.

Electronic method.

Using a weak electric current, this small device can stop the corroding effects of rust.

You can have these electronic devices installed at the dealership, or save some money and buy them from a source outside of the dealership.

The reviews on these devices are mixed.

Undercoating.

This method involves spraying a tar-based substance on the exposed parts of a vehicle’s underbody.