One of the worst things that can happen to a vehicle, other
than an accident, is rust and other forms of corrosion. While rust may seem
like it’s just a cosmetic issue, if left alone rust can ruin the structural
integrity of any vehicle no matter what size, make, or model. Even the best
engineered and most expensive vehicles are prone to things like corrosion and
oxidation which can result in the premature failing and required repairs or
even another purchase of a large ticket item like a truck or construction
vehicle. Obviously this is something that you never want to have to do if you
can avoid it, so here are some ways to help extend the life of your vehicle in
regards to preventing rust and other damaging types of corrosion.
Your Coat. One of the easiest things that you can do in order to help
prevent rust is by putting some form of protective barrier between your
vehicle’s metal and the elements. Generally, coats of paint that are on trucks
and cars help to reduce the contact that the metal has with things like rain,
rock salt, and mud. If, however, you travel a lot or come into contact with
these types of materials more often than a normal driver, you will want to
explore other protective coats. Think of it like putting Chapstick on your lips
when it is cold out. You are attempting to protect sensitive skin from the cold
so that your lips don’t crack or peel. Having a wax coat or something similar
is the same thing when it comes to your vehicle. While we don’t recommend
coating your entire truck in Chapstick or Vaseline, you may want to do some
research to see what will work best for your specific company.
- Keep It
Clean. One of the most important things to do in order to prevent rust and
damage is to make sure that your vehicle is kept clean. Things like rock salt
can seriously eat away at metal, so washing and drying your trucks and vans is
of the utmost importance.
automated wash system from Neptune is a great way to invest in the extended
life of your work vehicles. Look around our website and see what ones will work
best for you!