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Old 12-30-2008, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Earth
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I know some states like Indiana salt their roads, and their cars turn to cancer buckets by the 5 year mark. I'm almost sure Michigan and Wisconsin are the same.

What about Midwestern states like Kansas or Missouri? Should I avert buying a car from there? I found a few in Kansas i liked that didn't look like much rust. I know they could have been washed before the salt took effect, but being that they are 4 wheel drive trucks I'm sure they've been exposed to it.

Thanks.
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:36 AM
 
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I would say any State where winter temps drop below freezing...
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:57 AM
 
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Some states use sand instead of salt, definitely not NY but i'm pretty sure PA does. I'll take some pictures of bad rust and post them, I don't think alot of people realize how destructive a force salt is.
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Old 12-30-2008, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Pa salts their roads. New Jersey, where I now live, does too.
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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IL and probably MA.
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Salt doesnt rust cars after "5 years", thats ridiculous. Keep up the waxing on the car and keep it washed in winter, and the bodies will be fine. Things like exhaust/frame might get a little rusty in that time, but it wont render them useless, not even close. I had my Toyota for 8 years here, not a speck of rust, and it was driven daily. Heck, I even stripped all the clearcoat off and painted it flat black and it still didnt rust. The cars that rust here simply arent maintained nicely, simple as that.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:06 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I use Crazed list and search South, SW USA, and West Coast for 'generally' salt free. (I also try to avoid cars that have lived directly at a coastal location or where floods / hurricanes lurk).

Dallas typically has very good prices and condition of used cars. You can get a SWA flight into Love Field for under $100 and drive your new car home.

OR does not salt AFAIK, but WA does in selected locations. The stuff I have bought from Midwest and NorthEast is not fun to work on (Suspension / exhaust / brakes). I usually strip them and salvage the engine and any interior that's worthwhile.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:49 AM
 
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-"I'm pretty sure PA does"-------

using sand on roads w/o salt added would be a waste of time and money and accomplish nothing in winter regions.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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Crushed cinders used in Arizona. No Salt
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:59 AM
 
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-"I'm pretty sure PA does"-------

using sand on roads w/o salt added would be a waste of time and money and accomplish nothing in winter regions.
Considering that some winter regions don't sand or salt at all, I don't see how your statement could be true.
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