If you own a high-mileage vehicle, you know it requires more extensive maintenance than a newer car or truck. Many high-mileage vehicle owners focus solely on maintaining the internal working components, but the exterior of an older vehicle requires the same level of care and protection. At Minnetonka Collision, we want you to get the most life possible out of your vehicle, which is why we offer industry-leading auto body repair and maintenance services. Curious about what you can do to take great care of your car or truck? Check out our brief guide on caring for the exterior of your high-mileage vehicle.


Check for Rust

Did you know that every year, approximately 365,000 tons of salt are applied to Twin Cities roadways during the winter? Certainly, salt is necessary to prevent slippery roads and auto accidents, but it can also wreak havoc on the undercarriage of a high-mileage vehicle. Since your undercarriage—and the rest of your vehicle—has been exposed to salt over the course of several years, its potential for rust development is high. This is especially true if you’re not diligent about washing your vehicle regularly.


Rust not only compromises the operating components of your vehicle, but it can also cause auto body damage that leaves your vehicle looking haggard. To prevent rust from damaging your vehicle, make sure you wash it once per week during the winter, and regularly examine the body panels for oxidation.


Reduce the Frequency of Short Trips

Short trips are tough on your vehicle because they don’t allow your engine to reach the appropriate operating temperature, especially in the middle of winter. When you make numerous short trips each week, condensation can form in the exhaust system and engine.


When moisture accumulates, your vehicle is much more likely to develop damaging rust. Plus, when water mixes with your engine oil, that oil can no longer provide the lubrication necessary to support engine operation. To avoid engine and rust problems, try to reduce short trips by combining your work commute and errands into one long trip.


Fix Fender Bender Damage

If you have an older vehicle, it may be tempting to neglect minor auto body damage, but this is a terrible idea. Even a minor fender bender can cause serious damage to the internal components of your vehicle, such as:


●        Electrical system

●        Frame damage

●        Alignment issues

●        Transmission problems


Because the internal components of a high-mileage vehicle have already experienced considerable wear, it is imperative that you have your vehicle examined after a minor collision. Minor body panel dents can also leave your vehicle open for damaging rust development, so take your vehicle to an auto body repair shop promptly.


Need Reliable Auto Body Repair? Contact Minnetonka Collision

At Minnetonka Collision, we’re dedicated to keeping your vehicle in top condition so that you can drive it as long as possible. Taking care of a high-mileage vehicle requires constant diligence, and we’re here to help. Whether you need auto body repair after a minor collision or body panel rust remediation, our expert technicians will get the job done right. To learn more about our services or to schedule your appointment, give our team a call at 763-230-7805 or message us on our contact page.