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Old Yesterday, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Newburyport, MA
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I realize it's easy to say this, and cars in better condition cost more, but if you want to keep the car more than a year or two, I wouldn't buy one with visible rust beyond a rusty scratch. If you see extensive paint blistering or panel perforation, not a good sign. The body panels of today's cars are not just cosmetic, they play a structural role as well, so serious body rust is not just an eyesore once it becomes extensive. Of course rust in the chassis can actually be more serious, it's just harder to notice without having the car up on a lift.

I do think carmakers have gotten better with rust-resistant coatings, which both prevent initial rust and retard rust progression once the surface is compromised. Still, my early experiences with rusting cars (which I have to acknowledge were 30+ years ago) were not encouraging.

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Before buying a used vehicle, insist on having the vehicle put on a hoist so you can look at the underbody for rust. If the seller refuses, walk away.
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