If you just bought a new car and you live in an area that deals with a lot of snow and ice, you might be concerned that the car is going to rust very quickly. The salt used on the roads to melt the snow and ice can accumulate on the car's undercarriage and frame, causing corrosion over time. This normally takes some time but if you are worried about it, there are some precautions you can take to help slow the process.
Washing Your Car
One of the most helpful things you can do to slow the corrosion is to remove as much of the salt from the car as possible. The best way to do that is with good, old-fashioned soap and water. In man areas, the car wash will offer underbody washes as well as standard washes for your car. The underbody wash uses water sprayers in the floor and the car wash that will blow pressurized water under the car to get as much of the salt off as possible. While it may not get every speck, this method is pretty good at removing the salt, sand and other debris under the car for you.
Undercoating Your New Car
While not everyone is familiar with the process of undercoating, cars in high rust areas can benefit from this greatly. The process starts with washing the chassis and then a petroleum-based undercoating is applied to the frame and underside of the car. Once it is cured, it forms a solid layer between the car and the road elements below. Undercoating can help protect the car from many things beyond the salt. A stone that bounces up can chip paint and leave a spot open to the environment that may rust early but if the car is undercoated, the barrier can help stop this.
There are some companies that will sell you on having car undercoating simply because they see it as a way of extending the life of the car. In some cases, they may even off you an extended warranty for your car based solely having it undercoated by a professional. The cost of having it undercoated might become more attractive if you are going to add to the warranty or extend the usable life of the car. Talk to the coating company and see what benefits you might get with their product and have them explain any different packages that are available before you decide what you want to use.