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Updated: 3/28/2003 1:53 pm
When purchasing a pre-owned vehicle, it in your best interest to make sure that it has not been affected by rust and corrosion. A vehicle's construction requires numerous joints, bends, folds, seams, and thousands of associated spot welds. As a result, areas inside the body sections contain many crevices into which corrosive moisture, road salts, and other abrasive materials such as sand and glass often concentrate. The resulting corrosion, in the form of rust, not only affects the appearance of your vehicle, but also attacks the joints and spot welds that hold the vehicle together. This corrosion can spread, and the result is a vehicle that can become unsafe. Although rust is commonly attributed to the salt and sand on the road, it can also be caused by a number of other factors such as the abrasion of gravels picked up on roads and highways. Keeping your car washed and waxed will help control the corrosion process. It is important to clean underneath wheel openings and inside of bumpers. Rinsing the car after exposure to sand and salt is another good preventative measure. In addition to these preventative measures, there are also several different automotive products that can be used to prevent rust damage and corrosion. For more information, contact an automotive specialist.

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