Dents and Rust: How a Ding Can Become Rust Damage

Is your vehicle still as pristine as the day you bought it? Does it still have that gorgeous sheen? If so, then good for you! But if you said no, you’re not alone. Time takes its toll on most cars, especially when it comes to rust. Rust can come in many forms, and be caused by many sources – even from minor dents in your vehicle’s metal body.

To help you understand the connection between dents and rust, let’s first look at how rust can occur.

The Many Sources of Rust

Your car can start to rust for many reasons. The first reason could be the climate that you live in. If the weather is exceptionally wet or the air is humid enough, it can lead to rust. This is due to the in your car acting as a cathode and anode when coming into contact with water – an electrolyte. This allows rust to develop, notes How Stuff Works’ Auto site.

A second reason that rust may develop is because of salt. This can happen from ocean salt for those who live near the ocean or in places where salt is frequently used to deice roadways in the winter months.

The final major cause of rust is dents in your car’s body. Incurring dents is not a good idea. Not only do they make your car look bad, but they can open the door to other issues, especially rust.

The scenario works like this. Your car is protected by a layer of auto paint. Not only does this paint make your car look really cool, but it protects the metal of your car from contaminants. When that paint is pierced, it becomes open to the elements, like the aforementioned salt and moisture in the air, which in turn, can lead to rust.

What’s the Solution?

You have three options when it comes to solving this dent-to-rust issue. You can prevent your car from getting dented in the first place with proper parking strategies and weekly inspections. You can also try to protect your vehicle from moisture by parking in a climate-controlled area – not a feasible option for every driver. Finally, you can be proactive and get any dents repaired as soon as they’re uncovered so that your vehicle doesn’t incur more damage from weakened paint and exposed metal.

At Impact Paintless Dent Repair, we have a foolproof and price efficient dent removal process that can take care of unsightly dents in one appointment. Leaving dents in your car can allow water and dirt to accumulate, drawing in moisture and eating away at your paint – and ultimately the metal beneath.

Don’t let your car lose its good looks to dents, dings and rust damage. Bring your car or truck to Impact Paintless Dent Repair at one of our convenient locations – Billings, Montana; Gillette, Sheridan and Casper, Wyoming; or Spearfish, South Dakota – and get your vehicle looking like new again.


Written by Chad Harley

Chad Harley

Professional hail technician since 1998. Vale National Master Craftsman 2004. Over a decade of experience in collision repair and refinishing prior to paintless dent repair.

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