How to Protect Your Car from Road Salt this Winter

February 24, 2017

How to Protect Your Car from Road Salt this Winter

Even with the light snow and mild weather we’ve had in North Central Ohio, road crews have been dumping tons and tons of salt on highways and side streets all winter, keeping you safe from black ice and slippery conditions.

But all of that salt sticks to every surface of your vehicle. Even when you’re extra diligent about keeping your truck or car clean all winter, salt is quick to dig into every crevice, causing unseen damage and future headaches. Areas like the undercarriage of your vehicle are hard to reach and easy to forget about when you’re washing off road grime and debris. Those are the areas of your vehicle that will cause the most pain to your bank account should a rust problem develop. Even running your vehicle through an automatic car wash won’t remove all of the salt and gunk.

You can protect your vehicle from rust damage with rustproofing, a process of spraying a rust-inhibiting chemical on the underside and inside of your vehicle’s body, as well as any other rust-prone areas. This process extends the life of your automobile and saves you money in the long-term. It’s especially important in our climate and ought to be a part of your regular vehicle maintenance.

Cost of rustproofing

Just like oil changes and regular maintenance checks on your vehicle spares you weightier service bills, you can add years to the life of your car and save thousands of dollars by investing a little bit of money a year in protecting the body of your car. Depending on whether your vehicle is new or used and the size of it, rustproofing costs between $300 and $700 to effectively protect your vehicle from the elements.

If your vehicle is new and Osgar's Autobody has protected it with rustproofing, we will inspect your car every two to three years, depending on your mileage per year, at no cost to you. A touch-up is provided during these inspections as needed. Other companies will charge per year for this service, but for new cars, Osgar's is a one-time cost, providing you even more protection and savings over the years.

Benefits of rustproofing

Rustproofing lowers your maintenance costs and keeps your vehicle looking sharp. But besides protecting your self-image as you cruise around town, a rustproofing treatment can more than double the lifespan of your vehicle and delay the need to buy a new one.

If your vehicle is paid off and you’ve kept it well maintained, you can save years of car payments, amounting to tens of thousands of dollars in your pocket instead of in the pocket of a dealership.

And when you’re ready to sell your vehicle, that extra care and rustproofing you invested in will increase the resale value.

Protecting your vehicle from Ohio’s harsh winters today will protect you and your wallet from harsh bills in the future.

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