Rust assured, you can save your vehicle.

Vehicles are one of the top 5 largest expenses for the average adult. Why let your investment rust away?

If you’re here to find a vehicle, fix a vehicle, sell a vehicle, or junk a vehicle, I think we can all agree they cost money.
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Three top reasons vehicles are junked in Maine?

  1. Failed Inspection
  2. Mechanical Damage
  3. Accident Damage

Top Reason Vehicles Fail Inspection?

  1. Rust

rotted out rocker panels
Rust can eat through rockers and frames in less than 10 years when not kept at bay.
rotted off tank straps replaced with chain
This person has improvised some unsafe tank straps under his “jip”.


rotted strut tower
This vehicle was rotted so bad the strut tower would move and the vehicle would “wonder” at highway speeds.

We all know that Vehicles in Maine rust out.  If you want to keep a vehicle in Maine truly rust free, don’t drive it in the winter. Park it before they first salt the roads. Don’t bring it out until we’ve had a few good spring rains to wash off the roads. If you do have to drive it in the winter It helps to implement some preventative measures.  At-least twice a year give your vehicle a thorough cleaning and coating. This will guarantee that it lasts much longer and you can stop any rust problems from popping up.  When I say thorough I mean lift the vehicle in the air, remove any plastic covers and any vent holes, blast all the built up salt and sand out, remove any surface rust, wash, and coat with paint or a protective film. Doing this and giving your car regular car washes will keep it happy and rust free for many years.

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This vehicle was coated professionally by Down East Undercoating.

What to protect the underside of your vehicle with?

Some of the better known ways to protect the underside of your vehicle include covering it with used motor oil (messy!), painting it with a rubberized under coat or black Rustoleum, or a protective film like Fluid Film, or Amsoil Heavy Duty Metal Protector.

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Anything is better than nothing.

I’ve had good luck with the Amsoil Heavy Duty Metal Protector, you can find it online or your local NAPA carries it. Give your vehicle a good cleaning and then a good few coats of the Amsoil and it is good to go. The Amsoil seems to hold up well through the car washes too!


This one I can’t stress enough, if you don’t wash the salt off it will eat away at your vehicle. See the picture of the beautiful truck above? See all that white stuff? Its SALT! Giving your vehicle regular washes is a great way to keep it from turning to dust. I would recommend a wash place like ScrubaDub that offers a membership program with unlimited washes for only $25.00/month! Most noteworthy my favorite part about ScrubaDub is they have Free Vacuums at their Forest Ave Portland Location!

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Unlimited washes for what you would normally pay for just two!

Get your vehicle professionally rust proofed!

Ok, not everyone is going to want to get down and dirty on rust proofing their vehicle. Luckily for those who want to stay clean, their are several shops and professionals out their willing to do the job. Typical basic rust proofing services cost around $150-$300 for most vehicles. Sometimes trucks can cost more depending on the size. Its a good idea to get it done every other year to ensure no problems arise. Best if done annually.

If you can try and use a company that guarantees their protection. Chris at Downeast Undercoating prefers to use a bedliner product as he says its much tougher than the rubberized undercoat most places use. He guarantees his protection will hold up through the winter or your next coating is half off. Finding a shop that does good prep work and uses products with good adhesion will get you the best overall protection for your dollar.

Save your vehicle, and save money by rust proofing.

In conclusion its important to be conscious about rust prevention. Spending a couple hundred dollars a year for 10 years, can potentially keep your vehicle on the road for an extra five. Like my grandpa always said, “If its a vehicles not rusted out, you can fix anything else that’s wrong with it and drive it forever”. Brake lines, Fuel lines, Rocker Panels, Control Arms, Sub Frames, these are all expensive repairs. I’ve got a truck from California with mint factory brake lines that are 27 years old. You’ll save in the long run by preventing rust while keeping your vehicle safer.

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Maine ScrubaDub Locations:

Portland Car Wash Address:
1180 Forest Ave.
Portland, ME 04103


(207) 797-2828

Hours of Operation – Car Wash: (*Weather Permitting)
Mon – Sat – 7:30am – 8:00pm
Sun – 8:00am – 6:00pm

South Portland, ME Car Wash Address:

425 Gorham, Rd (at the Maine Mall)
South Portland, ME 04106


(207) 772-1838

Hours of Operation – Car Wash: (*Weather Permitting)
Mon – Sat – 7:30am – 8:00pm
Sun – 8:00am – 6:00pm
Biddeford Car Wash Address:

102 Elm St
Biddeford, ME 04005


(207) 284-4431

Hours of Operation: (*Weather Permitting)
Mon – Sat – 7:30am – 8:00pm
Sun – 8:00am – 6:00pm

Exhaust repairs don’t have to be so exhausting.

Don’t get fumed over rusted/broken exhaust.

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Chris of Lou’s Custom Exhaust in Portland, ME welding up a custom exhaust for a client.

A major issue with vehicles in Maine is they are seasonally exposed to extremely corrosive chemicals. Every winter we pour metric tons of salt, sodium chloride, magnesium chloride, and calcium chloride over the roads. We then dredge our vehicles through this extremely corrosive slush. Its no wonder the life span of a vehicle in Maine is only about 10-15 years. The rust results in premature failure of exhaust systems, brake systems, fuel delivery lines, and basically any unprotected component located on the bottom of the vehicle. Vehicles don’t rust out in Maine, they rust up. Eventually rust will consume an entire vehicle. It pisses me off, and it should piss you off too. Please write your representatives about seeking alternative de-icing methods.

Safety First – The Maine State Inspection.

The major reason vehicles are scrapped in Maine is because they fail to pass a state inspection. People either can’t foot the bill, or simply don’t want to because they are ready for a new car. The old vehicle will get traded in, or scrapped, sometimes both in that order. In an effort to help people save money on their repair bills I would like to point out some tips and tricks for rust proofing your vehicle and saving money on brake systems, fuel systems, and exhaust repairs.

First off, exhaust is dangerous. Leaking N2, CO2, H2O and O2 into your soon to be consumed air is not a good idea. Carbon Monoxide is extremely poisonous and deadly if inhaled. If you’ve ever owned a car that had a bad leak, you can usually smell it in the cab and  it makes ya noxious. If you can smell any fumes at all in your vehicle its a good idea to have it looked at by a mechanic asap.

Another nuisance and good indicator that your car may need exhaust repairs is noise. If it becomes louder than normal its a good indicator something needs attention. If you can’t hear the person talking next to you, you need to fix something before you go def. Fix it before you drop half of it off on the side of 295. That is unless you think the front half is gonna fall off, I’ll gladly pull over and pick up any biscuits left by irresponsible motorists.

What options do I have to fix my exhaust? #RustedPipes

What people don’t realize is that not all garages are same. Today most garages try and will do a little bit of everything to survive, but you still see specialty shops like “Portland Radiator” or “Lou’s Custom Exhaust”. You gotta love a business that has their business model conveniently expressed in their business name. Your regular mechanic might be able to find the broken flex pipe and rotted flange, but they usually don’t have the ability to fabricate a custom replacement. They just order you a new system for hundreds of dollars.

If you have a great mechanic, they get you back on the road as quickly as possible. Some times taking your vehicle to a specialized repair shop can be just as fast if not quicker. You can also save hundreds of dollars.This is important when  inspection season comes upon you. An exhaust shop will have the tools, machinery, and abilities to completely re-fabricate your damaged pipes. They will then weld them into the rest of your undamaged exhaust system saving you the complete expense of an entirely new per-fabricated system.

welded in flex pipe exhaust repairsRusted flex pipes are a common issue with cars in Maine. When flex pipes go bad you can usually tell by looking at the volume button. If the volume has to be at Max in order for you to hear that new Taylor Swift single, its fixing time. When an old pipe is too rusted to be unbolted from the flanges on connecting pipes, you gotta either replace all the pipes, or you fabricate and weld in a new section. A custom flex pipe replacement usually runs well under three hundred dollars. Picture it like paying for a slice of pie, the only slice you need, instead of buying an entire cake for your that same single slice.

Lou’s Custom Exhaust, Portland ME for your exhaust repairs. #LousCustomExhaust

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If you need exhaust repairs and you don’t plan on doing the work yourself try exploring options like Lou’s Custom Exhaust. They may save you hundreds of dollars. Be resourceful and savvy when it comes to keeping your daily away from the crusher. Its not just about MPG’s, think Miles Per Dollar.
Lou’s Custom Exhaust
148 Walton Street
Portland, Maine, ME 04103
(207) 878-0800