Premature corrosion leaves Ohio motorist with $1,200 repair bill

Corrosion testing laboratories help business owners and corporations – automakers, in particular – determine the degree to which their products may rust when exposed to acidic substances and other known causes. They can then apply the proper treatment to combat these effects.

It's car owners' job to take it from there, and a simple way to reduce vehicles' susceptibility to corrosion comes from washing them on a fairly routine basis.

An Ohio man learned of this importance the hard way when he had to pay a pricey repair bill.

As reported by WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, the rusting affected a West Chester resident's 2005 Hyundai Sonata, with the worst of it impacting the subframe. The damage was so bad, in fact, that his mechanic implored him not to even drive it for fear of what might happen if he continued to do so.

"They checked it out, and they let me know right away that this is a real problem," Jim Williamson told the local television news station. "[They] suggested I don't even drive it until we get it fixed."

Later, Williamson turned to the internet to see if any other Hyundai owners had similar experiences. A Google search revealed that his model was under recall notice but he failed to receive this information because his model was a 2005. The model years subject to the recall were 1999 to 2004.

As a result, Williamson had to pay for the repairs, to the tune of $1,200, WCPO-TV reported.

In addition to washing one's car consistently, maintenance experts encourage drivers to have their vehicles inspected for signs of corrosion damage. Salt spray applied by professional coating services may help to stop it from spreading.