Rust Protection for Cars Essential After Road De-Icer Exposure

AAA reports approximately 70 percent of motorists in the U.S. are at risk for expensive, dangerous vehicle rust. Rust protection for cars is critical when you consider the alternative is hundreds of dollars annually in vehicle rust repairs necessitated by exposure to new chemicals now commonly used to de-ice the roads. Communities have shifted from using rock salt to chemical de-icers, finding the chemicals melt ice and snow faster than salt and have a lower freezing point, so they last longer. The trade-off is it’s more damaging to cars. rust prevention for cars

Last year, a AAA survey revealed that over the last five years, drivers racked up more than $15 billion in rust repairs attributed to roadway de-icing. The vehicle systems most vulnerable to rust include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Fuel tanks
  • Brake lines
  • Exhaust systems
  • Frame rails
  • Electrical connections

Of course, de-icing is integral to safe winter driving, given that 22 percent of vehicle crashes (about 1.26 million), 19 percent of injuries and 16 percent of fatalities are weather-related, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Snow and ice impact vehicle performance (specifically, traction, stability and maneuverability). However, rust on cars is a real problem, and our rust prevention experts know it goes far beyond simple cosmetics.

Finding the Best Rust Protection for Cars

Rust is a form of oxidation that breaks down metals when they are exposed to air and moisture. It can be rapidly exacerbated by certain chemicals.

Zerust offers rust protection for cars with car covers that are rust-inhibiting, water resistant, corrosion-proof and mold-proof.

Whereas many car covers can actually do more harm than good by trapping damaging moisture inside, Zerust car covers are different because they contain a corrosion-inhibiting formula woven into the fabric. Our car covers have all the benefits of traditional vehicle covers (i.e., shielding from the sun and other elements) but also specifically protect against rust and corrosion. These inhibitors will stay active even when the cover isn’t on the car – and last at least five years after you buy it.

Although some people bulk at the idea of paying a few hundred dollars to cover their car unless it’s a classic, the truth of the matter is rust-related repairs are steep. For instance, the average cost of a brake hose replacement is somewhere between $150 to $300 – and that’s before labor fees. Fixing a rusty muffler can range anywhere from $75 to $1,000, depending on the extent of the damage. Fuel tank replacement can run anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand.

AAA reports on average, rust-related vehicle repairs run about $500 each.

The real cost, though, is in doing nothing at all. Rust on a car isn’t just unsightly. It’s potentially perilous.

Pay Attention to Vehicle Rust Damage Warning Signs

AAA urges motorists who experience any of the following to promptly get their car into a repair shop:

  • Dash warning indicators for brakes or other key systems;
  • A soft or “spongey” sensation when applying brake pedal pressure;
  • An exhaust system that seems unusually loud or reeks of fumes;
  • Pervasive smell of diesel or gasoline when the car is running or parked.

By using Zerust covers designed to offer rust protection for cars, motorists can often avoid these kind of worrisome – and pricey – outcomes. We have a number of lined and unlined car cover options and varying sizes to ensure a proper fit.

Contact Zerust for information on car rust covers and car rust prevention by emailing us or calling (330) 405-1965.

Additional Resources:

Road De-Icers Cause $3 Billion Annually in Vehicle Rust Damage, Feb. 21, 2017, By Ellen Edmonds, AAA

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