Do I need corrosion protection?

I am in Baton Rouge and I am planning to buy a new car. I will be using that new car in Pennsylvania because of my new job. Will there be problems (like corrosion due to snow, etc.) because I will be using this car in the northeast but bought it in the south?

Ravi, Baton Rouge, La.

Body panels in new cars are treated from the factory with corrosion protection agents, so there’s really no reason to worry about your car rusting to pieces in Pennsylvania if you buy it in Louisiana. Manufacturers typically include corrosion warranty as part of the standard warranty. For a list of corrosion warranties, see our Manufacturer Warranty page, linked below.

Even though parts are coated, there’s no guarantee that nothing will ever rust unless your car is made of composite plastics or carbon fiber, and we suspect you’re probably not tooling around in a Ferrari Enzo. So the best thing you can do is keep the car clean in the winter, especially the undercarriage, so there aren’t large amounts of salt sitting on or under your car the whole winter. Undercoating is an option, but if done improperly it can block important water drainage holes and do more harm than good. We simply recommend keeping your car reasonably clean in the winter.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on July 9, 2007 in I'm Just Wondering | Permalink

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