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.
- Protect 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.
Having an 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!