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Land Rover Rust: The Bane of my existence

As a Range Rover owner who has gone through several models over the years, it’s safe to say that I’ve had my fair share of experiences when it comes to dealing with land rover rust.

You know, that pesky problem where the metal on your car starts to corrode and turn into a flaky, rusty mess.

It’s not just an eyesore, it can be dangerous. Rust can weaken the body of your vehicle and put you and your passengers at risk.

So, let’s dive into what causes land rover rust, how to prevent it, and what to do if it’s already taken hold.

The causes of Land Rover rust

There are several factors that can contribute to the development of land rover rust. The most obvious culprit is moisture. If your car gets wet, whether it’s from rain, snow, or just driving through a puddle, the water can get trapped in various areas and cause rust to develop.

Mud can have the same effect, especially if it gets caked onto the underside of your car and isn’t cleaned off regularly. Another culprit is salt. If you live in an area where roads are often treated with salt during the winter, your car is much more susceptible to rust.

Some areas of your car are more prone to rust than others. For example, bare metal is much more likely to develop rust than painted areas. Cavities in your car’s body and chassis can also hold water and make it difficult for moisture to evaporate, making it the perfect breeding ground for rust.

Preventing Land Rover rust

Preventing land rover rust is much easier than dealing with it once it’s taken hold. Here are some tips to keep your car rust-free:

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  • Keep your car clean and dry. Regular washing and waxing can help protect your car’s paint and prevent rust from developing.
  • Check for and fix any scratches or dings in your car’s paint as soon as they occur. Rust can start to form in these areas quickly.
  • If you live in an area where roads are often treated with salt, wash your car regularly during the winter months to remove any salt buildup.
  • Have your car undercoated with a rust inhibitor to provide an extra layer of protection from moisture.

Dealing with Land Rover rust

If your car has already started to rust, don’t panic. There are things you can do to stop it from spreading and causing further damage. Here are some steps to take:

  • Identify the areas of your car that are rusting. Pay special attention to areas like the wheel wells, the underside of your car, and any areas where moisture can get trapped.
  • Remove as much of the rust as possible using sandpaper or a wire brush. Depending on the severity of the rust, you may need to use a rust converter to stop it from spreading further.
  • Apply a primer and then paint that matches your car’s color to the affected area.
  • Consider having your car professionally treated with a rust inhibitor to prevent future rust from developing.


Dealing with land rover rust can be a hassle, but with the right preventative measures and treatment, you can keep your car looking great and running smoothly.

Remember to keep your car clean and dry, fix any scratches or dings in your car’s paint immediately, and have your car undercoated with a rust inhibitor if you live in an area where roads are often treated with salt.

If rust does develop, act fast to remove it and prevent it from spreading. With a little effort, your car can be rust-free for years to come.

Last updated and verified on 4th September 2023

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Gareth Boyd
Gareth Boyd

An avid Land Rover fan, and lover of all models, specifically Range Rover Sports. Having owned over 5 Ranger Rover models, he has encountered every error code and problem you could imagine!

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