Car Rust Prevention: Car Care During Coronavirus
The percentage of Americans currently affected by state stay-at-home orders is at roughly 95 percent. As people are hunkering down at home, the cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles that normally get daily use are idle on garages and streets. Although that means less wear-and-tear and lower gas prices, cars that are parked for long stretches are susceptible to other types of damage – including rust. Given that the current situation could span several more weeks and possibly months, car rust prevention is important to consider.
Anytime a motor vehicle is not getting regular use, there is the potential for problems – from dead batteries to oil deterioration. Car rust is another potential problem, particularly for brake rotors and brake pad linings, as well as any parts of the exterior that may be dinged.
This is especially true if your vehicle is being parked outdoors and exposed to the elements. In fact, as our car rust prevention experts can explain, it doesn’t even take that long. Sometimes with brake rotors, it may only be a matter of days of outdoor storage that we begin to see rust starting to form. Rust on a vehicle body may be unsightly, but it’s what you can’t see that is likely to be the most costly. Rust on brake rotors, for instance, can result in uneven braking, pulsating braking and noise.
Driving your vehicle occasionally – even just twice a month around the block a few times – can help with this. But it’s also worth consider adding another layer of protection while your vehicle is parked – a car cover.
Car Rust Prevention Car Covers
Many people who purchase car rust prevention covers from Zerust do so to protect their collectible or antique vehicles. That’s because of their value, but also because they aren’t driven regularly. Increasingly, it’s being used to protect the cars people use everyday from corrosion, rust, moisture and dust that results when vehicles are exposed to open air – both in a garage or outdoors.
The purpose of most car covers is to protect a vehicle from damage caused by debris, sun and precipitation, but we take it a step further.
The difference between Zerust Car Covers and others is that the fibers of our product are made with VCI technology. VCI stands for “vapor corrosion inhibitor.” It’s non-toxic, odorless, invisible and non-reactive, but protects metal components from rust and other types of corrosion for up to a full five years.
We can also assure that our car rust prevention covers are water-resistant and mold-proof.
There are several different size covers to assure the product fits snugly on your vehicle while still leaving enough room to ensure the cover can stay zipped.
What Else Can I Do to Protect My Parked Car During Quarantine?
In addition to a Zerust car cover to prevent rust while your vehicle is parked or stored, car care experts have offered a number of other measures you can take to protect your investment. Consumer Reports recommends:
- Store indoors. Obviously, this isn’t an option for everyone, but if you have a garage or other enclosed space, it’s usually one of the best things you can do for car rust prevention. Rust is caused by metal’s exposure to air and moisture. Temperature fluctuations and exposure to sun can exacerbate the risk because it can weaken your car’s paint. Keeping it indoors can reduce the risk of exposure.
- Keep it clean. The elements aren’t your only concern. When you don’t keep your vehicle clean – even if you aren’t using it – you run a higher risk of car rust. From that point, it may not take long for rust to take hold – even if you don’t see it. Give your car a decent wash at least once a month, and wax it, if you can.
- Keep your fuel tank full. This helps prevent condensation from building up inside the tank.
Amid quarantine, AAA warns drivers about potential car issues that arise from inactivity, March 25, 2020, By Stefan Gellar, The Boston Herald
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Prevent Classic Car Rust With Zerust Car Covers, July 25, 2019, Zerust Car Rust Prevention Blog