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Auto professionals give advice on protecting car from rust

Americans spent more than $15 billion on rust repairs for cars in the past five years.

You may know that salt from roads can cause big rust problems for your car if you don't clean it off.

Believe it or not: Americans spent more than $15 billion on rust repairs for cars in the past five years.

After several years of driving on rock salt and de-icer in Omaha, Chad Buhrman says his car is in bad shape.

"Unfortunately, on [one] side of the car, the whole rocket panel wasting away from the inside out,” he said. "The rocker is completely starting to blow away."

He takes his car to R&G Service Center quite often, and its owner Bruce Peterson says he's seen several cars like Buhrman’s.

"The salt stuff gets up in between the panels and around brake lines, fluid lines and it decorates and rots over time," Peterson said.

He added that you don't want to wait until you have a flat tire to pull one out underneath.

Peterson says if you don't check it often, it can get rusted, but there's a possible solution to this problem,

"Run it through the car wash and the under car wash will help out bunch," he said.

This will help the salt and debris not live underneath.

Buhrman says instead of paying for repairs to his rusty pipes, he's just going to invest in a new car.

Triple A says another way to protect your car is to touch up paint scratches and chips that expose bare metal, which can also lead to rust.

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