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Can Sand and Saltwater Cause Long-Term Damage to Your Car?

Can Sand and Saltwater Cause Long-Term Damage to Your Car?

Owning a car often means dealing with a host of environmental factors that can affect its longevity and performance. Among these, sand and saltwater can be particularly insidious for people living by the ocean. But how exactly do these elements impact your vehicle over time?  How Saltwater Damages Your Car Saltwater is notorious for its corrosive properties. When saltwater comes into contact with your car, it accelerates the rusting process, particularly on the vehicle's undercarriage, brake lines, and body panels. This happens because salt acts as an electrolyte, promoting the electrochemical reactions that cause the metal to oxidize and corrode. Long-Term Effects Rust can spread quickly if not treated, compromising the structural integrity of your vehicle. Over time, this can lead to weakened frames, damaged brake lines, and even engine corrosion ... read more

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