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Although they can be beautiful, Canadian winters are not kind to your car. As a responsible car owner you know that there are many steps to winterizing your car from putting on those ground gripping winter tires, to making sure your battery will start your car each and every frigid morning.

Yet another hazard of ice and snow is the damage they can cause to your vehicle in the form of rust! Ice and snow wear away your car’s rust protection over time and can lead to corrosion, which can be a major safety issue.

The salt, sand and gravel that are poured into our streets each and every winter to combat the hazards of snow and ice can cause rust corrosion. Small dents and scratches caused by salt flying up and hitting your vehicle allows the snow to creep in under the rust protection and cause even greater damage.

Rust proofing your car in Canada is a must to not only save you money but also to keep you and your passengers safe!

Types of Rust Proofing

Rust proofing can be performed in several different ways:

  • Electric Module – This may sound ‘shocking’ but a small device is installed in your car which sends a weak electrical current through the metal to prevent rusting.
  • Tar-based Spray – A spray applied to wheel wells and other exposed parts of the undercarriage of your car, which hardens to become a protective coating.
  • Dripless Oil Spray – A colourless spray applied to the entire body of the car, and as the name suggestions is dripless upon drying!
  • Drip Oil Spray – You might be asking “why use an oil spray that drips, when there’s one that doesn’t!?”. Although these sprays do drip due to being more watery, this feature helps the spray reach harder to reach places on your vehicle than the dripless would on its own.

Visiting a car wash regularly is an easy and effective way to rid your vehicle of salt build-up and will also help to prevent rusting and corrosion. Be sure to wait a week before visiting a car wash after getting your car rust proof sprayed. This will allow the formula to solidify and further protect your car.

Car Safety First!

Some car parts are more prone to rust than others. These are just a few parts that you should check that are essential to protect from rust to ensure vehicle safety:

  • Exhaust System
  •  Chassis
  • Frame
  • Engine
  • Painted Surfaces

Many of these areas cannot be seen by simply walking around the outside of your vehicle as the undercarriage is pelted with salt and ice flying up from your tires on a regular basis. It is important to have this area of your vehicle inspected and rust proofed to ensure the safety of everyone in the vehicle.

The Bottom Line

A car is a big investment, and should be treated with the utmost care. Due to advancements in technology many cars are able to last over 10 years these days. Rust proofing your car is an excellent way to keep your car performing its best longer.

In addition, rust proofing will also reduce the amount of maintenance your car will need as it ages which will save you money down the road!

When Should you Rust Proof?

Don’t wait! Although this winter is almost over, loose road gravel, dirt and rain will have a similar corrosion causing effect to snow and salt on your vehicle. If you wait until you start seeing rust on the more visible parts of your vehicle, rusting and corrosion has already started in the less visible parts.

You should always get dents and scratches fixed as soon as you find them to prevent rusting from the beginning.

Please note: Not all Jiffy Lube locations offer rust proofing services, so please check the full service listing at your local Jiffy Lube.