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Chrysler Corrosion Warranty

A Chrysler corrosion warranty is a special inclusion available through Chrysler manufacturer’s basic limited warranty. Anyone who has coverage under the Chrysler Warranty also has corrosion coverage. The Chrysler corrosion warranty begins when the basic limited warranty begins, and it is good for three years and unlimited mileage for all panels and extends to five years or 100,000 miles for the outer panels.

What Does It Cover?

The Chrysler corrosion warranty covers all costs related to the repair or replacement of panels or metal that is worn out due to corrosion. The warranty specifically covers sheet metal panels for up to 36 months with no time limit on mileage. It also covers painted sheet metal panels that are visible from the exterior of the vehicle for five years or up to 100,000 miles.

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What Doesn’t It Cover?

It’s also important to know what the Chrysler corrosion warranty doesn’t cover. The warranty doesn’t cover damages or holes that aren’t due to corrosion. It also doesn’t cover scratches in the paint or aftermarket parts. The warranty also doesn’t cover damages caused by environmental factors, like airborne chemicals or tree sap. Finally, if the vehicle was in an accident that led to damage, it may also void the corrosion warranty. The corrosion warranty essentially doesn’t cover corrosion from any of the following situations:

  • Corrosion from an accident
  • Industrial fallout, like salt or sand
  • Transporting chemicals
  • Special bodies or conversions to the vehicle
  • Fire
  • Abuse or negligence of the vehicle
  • Misuse of the vehicle, including overloading
  • Tampering with the emissions
  • Installing used parts

How Long Does My Chrysler Corrosion Warranty Last?

For sheet metal panels, the limit is 3 years with unlimited miles. For an outer body panel, a finished and painted one that’s visible, the limit is 5 years or 100,000 miles. The good thing about these is that you can always get an Extended Warranty on your vehicle. Although it doesn’t cover corrosion, a Chrysler Extended Warranty can help you with the routine upkeep and maintenance on your vehicle past your original warranty.

Additionally, some Dealers offer paint protection on new cars that generally comes with an extended rust Warranty, such as Ziebart. Ziebart locations are primarily in the Midwest. To learn more about rust protection and how it works visit They have a great article on the ins and outs of rustproofing.

How To Prevent Corrosion And Rust

If you want to avoid the hassle of getting your vehicle fixed due to rust, then you should do your best to prevent it! Taking care of your vehicle and using these tips are the best ways to prevent rusting.

  • Wash Your Vehicle. One of the easiest ways to prevent rust is by washing your car often. Leaving dirt or salt on your vehicle can damage the clear coat and paint and expose your car to the elements, causing rust. Bird droppings can also cause damage if you leave it on your vehicle, as it is acidic and will break down the paint and clear coat.
  • Ceramic Coating. Considering Ceramic coating to help protect the paint on your vehicle is a great idea. The paint ultimately is the barrier between your vehicles metal and the elements. Ceramic Coating does a great job of giving you an extra layer of protection. It also makes it easier for the dirt to come off the vehicle which is another benefit.
  • Keep The Interior Clean. If you spill a drink in your car and don’t clean up the liquid, it can seep into the carpet and give the potential for rust. You have to be sure to take care of your vehicle in every circumstance.
  • Make Sure Your Paint Job Isn’t Damaged. Paint and clear coat provide protection against the elements, and as soon as there is damage to it, your car becomes exposed. If the area with damaged or chipped paint is exposed to water, it’s likely that area will start to rust if not taken care of properly.
  • Watch Where You Park. When you park your car on grass, dirt, snow or flooded surfaces it increases your risk of rust forming due to the amount of moisture that’s in those areas.
  • Repair Before It Spreads. As soon as you notice a rust spot forming on your vehicle, you should take it to be repaired. If you ignore it and don’t fix it, the rust spot will continue to spread and cause more damage to your car. Which will cost you more money in the long run.

What Are The Different Kinds Of Rust?

It’s good to know what to look out for if you’re trying to prevent rust from occurring. Rust stands for “Red Dust” after its color and texture. It happens when iron comes into contact with water and oxygen, it goes through a process called oxidation.

  • Surface Rust. Surface rust occurs when the paint and clear coat get broken down over time. They can be broken down from excess sunlight, scrapes and dents. Surface rust can sometimes be removed by sanding the affected area.
  • Bubble Rust. This happens when surface rust is left untreated. The surface rust expands and flakes creating “scales” and exposing the metal underneath. You can remove bubble rust the same as surface rust, but you’ll first have to use a wire brush the get the rough scales off.
  • Corrosion. Corrosion is caused by leaving the rusted area of your vehicle untreated. After the bubble rust continues create scales, pieces of the metal will flake off and create holes in your vehicle. At this point you will most likely have to replace the panel or cut out the corroded areas and weld patches onto the area.

How Much Does It Cost To Repair Rust?

The cost to fix rust on your car is anywhere between as little as $50 and more than $2,500. This depends on several factors such as the amount of rust you need to fix, the car you own, and the professional you hire for the job.

Minor rust damage is considered where there are only small rust spots of only one to three inches in diameter. These repairs typically cost $80 to $200 to complete. Major rust repairs that are 12 inches or larger go deep into the metal of the vehicle and require more than just a removal. These are your more costly repairs, starting at $500. In some cases, rust damage may be so severe that it’s more cost-effective to replace rusted parts rather than repairing them. The cost of replacement parts will depend on the make and model of the vehicle, as well as whether you buy new or used parts. Contact a trusted Auto Body Professional for an actual estimate.

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