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Should you be Rust Proofing Your Cars in Canada?

While it is true that cars made today are designed to be rust resistant with extended warranties, with the new and unintrusive techniques designed to protect your car’s underbody rust proofing is seen by many as safe investment.

What is Rust Proofing

Rustproofing is the prevention or delay of rusting of iron and steel objects, or the permanent protection against corrosion. Typically the protection is achieved by a process of surface finishing or treatment. Depending on mechanical wear or environmental conditions, the degradation may not be stopped completely, unless the process is periodically repeated.

History of Rust Proofing

Kurt Ziebart, an immigrant of Germany, works out of a small mechanic shop in downtown Detroit and patents rustproofing in 1959. Car body corrosion was a particular problem from the 1950s to the 1980s when car designs gradually converted to monocoque or uni-body construction, replacing a traditional separate chassis frame of thick steel. This new technology relied on shaped body panels and the integrity of the body shell for strength. Unfortunately, the application of corrosion prevention did not keep pace with spread of this new technology.

Types Of Rust Proofing

1. Electronic module
2. Tar-based spray
3. Dripless oil spray
4. Drip oil spray

When to Rust Proof

How Long To Wait Before Deciding To Rust Proof is based on the new car warranty offered by each car maker. Below we have attached a list of the recommended time frames provided by Canadian car makers. This is based on time from initial purchase.

Manufacturer Term Limit KM Limit
Acura 5 Years Unlimited KM
Audi 12 Years Unlimited KM
BMW 12 Years Unlimited KM
Buick 4 Years 80,000 KM
Cadillac 4 Years 80,000 KM
Chevrolet 3 Years 60,000 KM
Chrysler 5 Years 160,000 KM
Dodge 5 Years 160,000 KM
FIAT 5 Years 160,000 KM
Ford 5 Years Unlimited KM
GMC 3 Years 60,000 KM
Honda 5 Years Unlimited KM
Hyundai 5 Years Unlimited KM
Infiniti 7 Years Unlimited KM
Jaguar 6 Years Unlimited KM
Jeep 5 Years 160,000 KM
Kia 5 Years Unlimited KM
Land Rover 6 Years Unlimited KM
Lexus 6 Years Unlimited KM
Lincoln 5 Years Unlimited KM
Mini 12 Years Unlimited KM
Mazda 8 Years Unlimited KM
Mercedes-Benz 5 Years Unlimited KM
Mitsubishi 5 Years Unlimited KM
Nissan 5 Years Unlimited KM
Porsche 12 Years Unlimited KM
Ram 5 Years Unlimited KM
Scion 5 Years Unlimited KM
Smart 5 Years Unlimited KM
Subaru 5 Years Unlimited KM
Toyota 5 Years Unlimited KM
Volkswagen 12 Years Unlimited KM
Volvo 12 Years Unlimited KM

Source: Manufacturer Websites. Exceptions apply to some models.

Rust Proofing Specialists.


Shammy’s Auto Detailing offers comprehensive Rust Proofing Packages. Our specialists will work with to deliver the best possible rust proofing services. Call us directly at 905-831-2444 or Text us at  289-314-4340.

Go to our Rust Proofing Page and send us a request today. It’s Time To Shine!

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