How to Prevent Automotive Rust

rustHere at DeVoe Buick GMC, we are located about as close to the Gulf of Mexico as you can hope to get. Just a mile or so from our doorstep, you’ll find expansive views of the Gulf and the salty breeze in your face. Unfortunately, along with the beauty the beach offers comes the consequences of salty air. The high salt content of humid ocean air can mean that people who live near the beach are especially susceptible to finding rust forming on their cars.

Here are suggestions on how to prevent automotive rust to keep your car looking (and running) its best.

Wash, wash, wash. Make it a priority to wash your car every two weeks, and apply wax every month. This will help eliminate the salt on your car’s paint and undercarriage, and help to protect it from salt for the coming weeks.

Look for damage. Look for scratches, flaking paint, or bubbling paint. Any exposure increases the risk of rust formation, and bubbling paint can be in indication that rust is already forming. When you find any damage, apply a sealant to prevent rust from forming on those areas of damaged paint.

Consider anti-rust spray. If you live in particularly harsh environments or struggle with automotive rust, you can apply an anti-rust spray to your car to protect it further. The spray acts as an extra coat of protectant for your car’s paint job.

For more information on what to do if you find rust on your car, visit howstuffworks.com.

Spring Car Maintenance Tips

Isn’t it just so nice to live in Florida? Car maintenance is a lot easier in many ways down here in comparison to other parts of the country. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is the lack of salt on the roads, We don’t need to worry about constantly washing salt off our cars in an effort to avoid rust. However, there are some auto maintenance practices that everyone should do when winter is over  no matter what part of the country you live in:

  • Empty your car of any unnecessary weight. Things tend to pile up cars over the winter and this can negatively affect your MPG. In short, get all the junk out of your trunk and get more out of your gas tank.
  • Spring is typically the rainiest season. Make sure your windshield wipers, both in the front and back, are up to snuff.
  • Check your fluids. This is a good tip to remember just in general. If you can remember to check your fluids at the changing of the seasons and top them off whenever necessary, your car will thank you.

That’s all we have for now!

And remember, if there’s any car maintenance you need help with, our service department would be more than happy to help you out. Stop by DeVoe Auto for a tune up today!

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Our friendly service technicians would love to help you get your car running like new!