“We approach people the same way we approach our cars. We take the poor kid to a doctor and ask, What’s wrong with him, how much will it cost, and when can I pick him up? ”
Popular Mechanics created a great guide for the car owner on how to fight rust.. and WIN! Did you know there are different types of rust?
Surface Rust: The first signs of a problem pop up in paint nicks, cracks, and scratches. An easy fix.
Scale Rust: The chemical process corrupts the surface and reduces metal strength
Penetrating Rust: After prolonged exposure, steel is converted to brittle iron oxide and holes form.
Just a little extra vigilance reduces rust to no more of a problem than any other regular maintenance issue. Of course, rescuing a rust bucket by replacing floors and doors can be fun, but not on your much-loved daily driver.