Friday, May 11, 2018

Rustproof Your Car Or Truck

If you live in a state where snow and ice blankets the ground each winter, you're presumably well aware of just how vital it is to de-ice the roads. Since the 1930s, when salt was first actualized to work for this goal, companies have been using this tried and true system to keep streets safe for driving. Salt works because of its natural ability to melt ice without adding too many harsh chemicals to the ecosystem.

Starting in 1976, NACE International (formerly the National Association of Corrosion Engineers), based in Houston, Texas, routinely started to study corrosion measurements on older vehicles. At that time, 90% of vehicles five years old or earlier had rust contamination. Most of that rust could be credited to de-icing.

Manufacturers of vehicles recognized a need to better trucks being marketed in coastal areas and the snowbelt area of the US. They began to make advances which included stainless steel exhaust systems; anodic electrodeposition primer; galvanized steel wheelhouses; crystal-size phosphate for better corrosion resistance; anti-chip body coatings; weatherpack electrical connectors; and two-sided pre-coated steel goods.

The mixture of these improvements aided in reducing rust perforation from 90% in the mid 70s to only 20 percent in 1980. Further commitment on rust prevention cut the amount of rusty 5-year-old cars to only six percent ten years later. The significant developments in corrosion-prevention that were responsible for this drop, further led to corrosion warranties.

The key to making absolutely sure you're not one of the five percent is to purchase a vehicle with a greater-than-average anti-corrosion warranty. Warranties will tell you all about the confidence a company has in the car it manufactures, because if they started losing money on warranties, they'd change the warranty to average out their costs. For example, Isuzu offers a 6-year/100,000 mile warranty against perforation from corrosion. That's 20% better than the typical 5-year warranty. If you aren't certain that you'll trade your vehicle in or sell it after five years, it's better to purchase one with a better warranty to keep you protected.

Improvements to vehicles in the area of perforation-prevention have had other positive effects. Not only does it help the consumer by extending the life of the vehicle, it also allows scarce dollars for highway maintenance to be used for something other than the development of alternative de-icers. Those dollars can now be spent on road maintenance (which reduces accidents and fatalities), more snowplows to clear roads more quickly after intense periods of snowfall, and on additional laborers which reduces unemployment and improves the economy.

Outfitting your car with a good anti-corrosion warranty indicates you needn't worry about driving on salted streets. You can relax recognizing that your vehicle is shielded from corrosion. And with de-iced roads, your vehicle can more efficiently protect you and your passengers.

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