Convenient. Can our modern cars rust?


Even though it is becoming rarer on our modern cars, corrosion can still affect some models. Do manufacturers take these concerns seriously? What does anti-corrosion warranty mean? What is the difference between anti-corrosion warranty and paint warranty?

Rust on our cars?

For many years, corrosion was a real scourge. Since the 90s, this phenomenon has become rarer, but has not disappeared for all that.

Regularly, manufacturers are singled out for rust problems on their models, when recalls are not organized.

“Fortunately, each manufacturer offers an anti-corrosion guarantee, in addition to the classic commercial guarantee,” recalls Maître Jean-Baptiste Le Dall, lawyer in automobile law.

What is the anti-corrosion warranty?

The manufacturers generally guarantee your vehicle against perforation and corrosion of the bodywork. This warranty begins on the date of delivery of the vehicle. The duration is variable according to the manufacturers. It can be six years at Dacia, but go up to 30 years at Mercedes-Benz.

“The anti-corrosion warranty covers the repair or exchange of components recognized as defective by the Manufacturer or his representative, on which a perforation due to corrosion appears”, adds Maître Le Dall. But beware, there are limits.

What are the limits of the anti-corrosion warranty?

“We are talking about perforating corrosion going from the inside to the outside of the bodywork,” explains Maître Le Dall. It is a rather vague concept which needs to be clarified to the consumer. “

If a chip on your body were to rust, and puncture a fender, hood or any other body element, the warranty should not apply. Do not expect support if corrosion occurs in a repaired area after an accident or a collision.

The anti-corrosion warranty only concerns body parts, and not parts such as the exhaust or certain mechanical parts.

What is the paint guarantee?

“It is often confused with the anti-corrosion warranty, but it only concerns defects in the paint and varnish of the original bodywork”, specifies our lawyer.

We are talking here about paint or varnish application problems, or problems with the durability of this paint.

The duration of this guarantee can vary between two years for certain generalists such as Citroën or Ford, to 12 years for Suzuki, which is an exception.


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