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Hi All,

Did you guys purchase rust proof package from the dealers. Infiniti dealership in Toronto GTA is offering the electronic and permanent spray options for 800$

I've read up several articles which contradcit one another from nowadays you dont need to; electronic doesn't do the job; to the best way is annual oil spray. etc. I know i won't have this problem for a while however wanted to purchase the right option from now

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It seems to be expensive and I'm not sure its necessary but I'd like to hear what others have to say as well. I stopped putting that stuff on years ago and never had any problems, but we don't have a lot of salt placed on our highways in the winter where we live.
 

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We've had long discussions about this on another vehicle forum and the conclusions always end up that nowadays any rust proofing at an extra cost is pretty much unwarranted. And the same conclusions came up even from our Canadian brethren, lol.
 

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A few years back I had the opportunity to go through the former GM/Toyota plant in Fremont California. I remember the uni-bodies being chemically treated and coated prior to going through the paint booth. The workers told me that new cars really shouldn't need undercoating anymore unless they really are exposed to a lot of salt water and moisture. I do remember undercoating as being touted as a sound deadener as well as a corrosion preventative but recall it being pretty much an extra money maker for a car dealership.

I'd be curious to hear from our Infiniti sales members on this forum to get their opinion.
 

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Up in Canada there is an Automobile Protection Association and they have published some recommendations on rust proofing.
https://www.apa.ca/services_rustproofing.asp

As well, the Canadian Army did a study on rust coatings largely base on US Army research/findings as well
http://cradpdf.drdc-rddc.gc.ca/PDFS/unc53/p526285.pdf

As for electronic rust protectors (my 2007 Honda Pilot came with one) it does not do "jack" except perhaps run down an older battery and leave you stranded on a -30 below day.. Pure snake oil...there's always swamp land in Florida to buy.

Long story short is my Explorer 5.0V8 AWD (before my JX35) lasted 17 years without any perforation.

Up here I see many early 2000 era Nissan's, Toyota's, let alone domestic products with rusted out quarter panels. My Uncle's 2000 Maxima is a case in point with the dealer $800 deal...highly profitable business $20 of material and a car jockey to apply. Warranty is useless and rust will only appear in the older ages in any event (hood and rockers rusted out).

It depends what your intention is - if you flip your cars regularily absolutely no need to bother with anything ...perhaps you will get 5 cents on the dollar extra in resale.

If you intend to keep your vehicle a long time annual oil-spray like substance which seeps into the crevices is highly effective and will keep your rockers solid
 

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Thanks for the replies. I've decided not to buy any of them since I plan to change cars at least every 5-8 years and now with zinc, additional layers of paints and 3M strip should be sufficient.
 
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