**Online prices and sale effective dates may differ from those in-store and may vary by region. In addition, the cost of repairing the damage done by any corrosion that develops can really add up depending on what component(s) are affected (paint, circuits, floor panels, etc.
ServiceCarSUV/Truck Rust Check$$120150Krown$$120130/$140Corrosion Free$150$170The the best way to prevent weather and salt from producing (or accelerating) corrosion on your car is to treat it with a rustproofing solution. The process involves spraying a rustproofing product on the surface of the under body that is designed to protect it from moisture.
These solutions seep into the hard-to-reach door seam, joints, and crevices that are hotspots for rust and corrosion. Small holes need to be drilled in order for the product to reach certain areas of the car (more about this later), and an annual application is typically recommended.
This product is designed to prevent corrosion on the entire vehicle, and won’t cause any dripping after application. This solution involves an electronic module that sends weak electric currents through the metal of a vehicle.
This is a great short term solution, however the undercoating can chip away and cause moisture to actually seep into cracks, getting trapped under the coat and accelerating the corrosion process. The undercoating also doesn’t protect the rest of the car, and won’t be any help for areas already affected by rust or damage.
When done by a trusted professional, any holes should be drilled in unnoticeable places such as near the door latch and on the underside of the vehicle, and will be too tiny to spot. The benefits of drilling in order to apply a rustproofing solution outweigh the inconvenience of having small holes that no one will ever know are there.
Other elements such as dry weather and the UV rays from the sun can accelerate rust and corrosion once the initial damage occurs. In winter conditions, salt and other chemicals used for snow or ice removal make its way underneath your car and stick to the metal surfaces.
The combination of salt and water is more damaging than rust, as the solution eats away at the metal, weakening it and causing it to fall apart. Salt and deicing chemicals are designed to lower the freezing point of water, allowing your car to hit pavement in winter conditions.
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The truck is 3 months old and I marked several of the rustproof plugs before tasking it in to make sure the doors and rocker panels were sprayed. I ask the girl specifically if they sprayed these areas and told her I marked the plugs and it doesn't appear that they were removed, she assured me they did.
I brought the truck home, removed the plugs and used an inspection camera to look inside the door skins and rocker panels, not a sign of rustproofing, When I called them they said oh, um maybe bring it back over. Not a chance I discussed these areas of concern in great detail, and they didn't do them, but charged me for a complete job.
Using good rust protection can prevent thousands of dollars in costly repairs and stop the metal body from wearing out long before the engine and other parts are ready to call it quits. The Canadian Army has actually commissioned several studies on the benefits of rustproofing their vehicles and equipment.
My first experience with rust was when I was still a young lad, and I was standing next to my grandmother’s new-looking first generation Ford Escort hatchback that was more than a decade old. My father carefully explained to me that the reason the car was in such good shape was because it was Rust Checked every year since it was new.
That lesson stuck with me and I’ve used Rust Check on my vehicles ever since I was a teenager in an uncharacteristic example of brand loyalty on my part. I had that one rust spot fixed and the car still looked practically new when I sold it at almost 10 years old.
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To my great surprise, they offered to get it professionally repaired free of charge licking split, which I later found out was because the rust was due to a known manufacturer’s defect. They found that Corrosion Free was almost 90% effective at inhibiting rust even in the harshest climates.
Read Known’s full warranty here, Rust Check’s here, and Corrosion Free’s here. It typically costs around $130 per year to get an oil-based rust prevention product applied, which is pretty expensive.
Known and Rust Check have similar pricing that starts at $130 for the smallest vehicles and moves up to at least $150 for trucks. Corrosion Free doesn’t publish their prices on their website, so I called my local dealer to inquire.
This price is for the Complete Protection Package, which is definitely the one you want and the most comparable to Known and Rust Check’s service. It’s possible for these oil-based solutions to slightly damage the rubber seals on your vehicle, but other than that they are completely safe.
If one of your seals does become damaged, they will typically replace it free of charge if you bring it to their attention. The only slightly annoying thing you’ll notice is the oily residue that’s left behind by the rust treatment.
It’s particularly noticeable in the engine compartment which tends to eventually look quite black and dirty as grime clings to the oily substance over time. When I first learned that they sometimes drill holes in cars to gain access to the inner panels for a better application, I was quite concerned.
Once the application is complete, they plug the holes with small rubber stoppers to prevent the oil from leaking out and water from getting in. If you can find a Corrosion Free dealer in your area that isn’t Canadianize, then that would be my recommendation, otherwise you might want to consider Known as a good-enough second bet.
There are also some electricity-based products that keep a live current going through the metal in your car that is supposed to prevent rust. Member Mar 27, 2009 543 posts 67 up votes Hello, I just bought a nice 2007 GMC pickup truck that I wish to keep rust free.
I have used the “corrosion Free” in a can in the past and have had more than excellent results in the places they spray. I did a quick search on YouTube for results and came across a video a person made on an EXTREMELY poorly done rustproofing job at Canadian tire in Burlington.
Jul 23rd, 2012 7:43 pm shutterbug Deal Addict May 19, 2003 2698 posts 743 up votes According to the Corrosion Free website you have the right to watch them as they work. Member Sep 27, 2009 762 posts 124 up votes Calgary If you don't want to deal with Canadianize, there are independent garages in GTA that apply the Corrosion Free product.
Jul 23rd, 2012 8:34 pm gunman Deal Addict Apr 14, 2007 2898 posts 384 up votes Montreal Don't go to Canadianize to have it done. There's YouTube videos about a guy who went to Crappy Tire to get it done, and they barely sprayed.
Member Jun 2, 2011 651 posts 64 up votes Given that Canadianize has a long history of shoddy repair work, it's not uncommon to see online negative complaints about their work. Rustproofing is something that needs to be done once yearly and you need to spray in every nook-and-cranny to ensure its effective. Jul 23rd, 2012 11:55 pm shutterbug Deal Addict May 19, 2003 2698 posts 743 up votes As crappy as Canadianize may be.
They did spray inside the hood and should have done in the doors as well, just don't want to waste the money on corrosion free if it won't really be of benefit after getting the dealer stuff. Jul 24th, 2012 7:50 am media Deal Expert May 8, 2005 31842 posts 1340 up votes claudiu_corbea wrote: If you don't want to deal with Canadianize, there are independent garages in GTA that apply the Corrosion Free product.
+1I think Corrosion Free is the premier rustproofing product on the market today. All that being said, whatever rustproofing someone goes with, it's only as good as the skill of the guys on the end of the spray gun applying it.
Is it pointless to get a product like corrosion free done this year as it will just sit onto of the black stuff anyways? They did spray inside the hood and should have done in the doors as well, just don't want to waste the money on corrosion free if it won't really be of benefit after getting the dealer stuff.
I used to use rust check, but this seems a lot cleaner (and clear to boot), as well as it seems better for the environment. They were supposed to apply it everywhere in the van, but a look under the hood I can see the easy to see strut mount has a coating, but the other one looks pretty dry. That being said, since pricing is the same, would you guys go to one of the local Canadian tires, or drive an hour to an Apple Auto Glass (in Stratford).
EDIT: Apple is $129 for complete package, CT is the same price, one location told me they 'think' there is a $10 surcharge for vans, the other said there definitely is not. So I'd go to the one that said there is not. Jul 28th, 2012 11:00 am Toronto Deal Fanatic Dec 11, 2005 8201 posts 1188 up votes TO red grandam: Just an FYI, Fine details prices also linger around $1300-$140 for package C as well.
Jul 28th, 2012 4:49 pm Frosted Glass Member Jan 26, 2006 200 posts 27 up votes +1 for Robinson Automotive Jul 29th, 2012 2:23 pm red grandam Deal Fanatic Mar 12, 2010 6062 posts 595 up votes SW Ontario Toronto wrote: red grandam: Just an FYI, Fine details prices also linger around $1300-$140 for package C as well.
Jul 29th, 2012 4:02 pm red grandam Deal Fanatic Mar 12, 2010 6062 posts 595 up votes SW Ontario claudiu_corbea wrote: Are you sure Fine details uses the same Corrosion Free stuff like Canadianize ? If I end up going to CT I'll be requesting to watch (as per the corrosion free website), however I'm not expert myself, so I probably won't even notice if they missed a spot.
Mississauga Fine details is listed on corrosion free's website, so I would assume all locations use the same product. Jul 31st, 2012 3:00 pm red grandam Deal Fanatic Mar 12, 2010 6062 posts 595 up votes SW Ontario I got a reply from FineDetails in London...Fine Details applies its own brand of rustproofing.
If you are going to bash a place at least substantiate your 'claim' and provide some real useful information and details.