Most of us believe our vehicles are safe. But have you taken a peek underneath your car lately?
Chances are, if you have kept your car for over four years, the first signs of deterioration have already begun to appear in the form of corrosion — unless of course you’ve taken preventive measures by rust protecting your car annually.

Without proper protection against rust, a vehicle’s metal body can begin to corrode after just a few years, making new cars susceptible as well.

After years of exposure to our harsh weather conditions and road salt, rust usually starts to appear in weaker areas of our cars such as spot welds, door dings, scratches and rock chips.

If left unchecked, rust can spread and also harm the mechanical parts that are essential to the safe running of the vehicle such as the gas tank, electrical connections and brake lines.

“Corrosion should not be taken lightly as it directly affects the overall safety of your vehicle,” explained Freeman Young, president of Krown Rust Control.

“As soon as your car starts getting rusty, the overall integrity of the vehicle is compromised. Treating your vehicle with a rust control product every year actually helps your vehicle’s frame maintain its strength and protects the moving parts. The fact is rust protection equals safety.”

The CAA agrees that the best way to protect your vehicle is with yearly applications of an oil-based rust inhibitor.

“We recommend that an application of an oil-based rust protector, such as Krown, should be applied every year for maximum protection,” said Paul Datzkiw, consumer and technical services with CAA South Central Ontario.

Rust inhibitors also act as lubricants and will protect the internal parts of your car, such as wiring, which is often prone to oxidation and electric shorts.

While protecting yourself and your loved ones should be your main concern, there are also products available that have a lower environmental impact.

For example, Krown’s rust protection does not contain any solvents, VOCs or toxins. In fact, Krown is the only rust control company recommended by CAA South Central Ontario.

Another advantage of rust control, Young added, is that you’ll save money in the long run.

You’ll have lower maintenance and repair costs because moving parts such as door locks and window winders, along with dozens of other components, will be protected and last longer. And a rust protected vehicle has a higher resale or trade-in value.