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I always scan the forum and have gotten a lot of great information, but there is one thing that keeps coming up on the forum that has me wondering.
A lot of Corvette owners seem to worry about salt and corrosion on their cars. I own a 2009 C6 and drive it in the winter when the roads are dry. I enjoy driving it every time I can.
With all of the luxury cars on the road today I do not seem to see the same concern with salt or corrosion from Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar owners. My question: Is the Corvette more susceptible to damage or corrosion from salt than any other car on the road?
I check the underside of the car twice a year and have not seen any indication of corrosion.
Here's my take on salt. It depends on how long you plan on keeping your car. If you trade regularily, drive it. Who cares what the underside looks like, the next guy can worry about that. I tend to keep my cars for a very long time, in other words, I don't sell or trade, I just add to the fleet. So, I want to keep the car as pristine as I can. Here in MN they salt the heck out of the roads. They are literally white in the winter and not with snow. Since I do drive my cars in the rain, I just try to minimize the corrosion by not mixing salt and water.
I don't think the corvette is any more susceptible than any other car. Just trying to keep it as nice as I can. The older C3's were very susceptible to rust in the frames.
Depreciation is the same for salted cars or cars that have never been salted. Winter salt will take the newness out of your car faster than anything I can think of. I drive mine in the rain but not on wet salt laden roads. Compromise, yes.
Along with road salt comes sand/salt mix. Wide body Vettes have a tendency to get sandblasted easily and Winter detailing would take up time that I have little of. My reasons for putting my Vette into hibernation .
Along with road salt comes sand/salt mix. Wide body Vettes have a tendency to get sandblasted easily
When my Z06 was new, I was anxious to take the car out and took it out after the first hard rain to wash the salt away. But the sand was still there and the rear quarter air intakes were sand blasted after only 1000 miles. Our big tires are sticky and can pick up alot of the sand.
I'll never understand many Vette owners worried about a little surface rust or dirt underneath the car, storing it for months, not driving it in rain, etc. It's a car, not an investment (at least for most Vettes), drive the freaking thing and quit worrying about stuff that doesn't matter.
I'll post a thread later this week about my nearly 2,500 mile round trip to run mine in the Big Bend Open Road Race 150 mph average class. I'll post pics, which will horrify many here. I drove through snow, ice, salt (actually magnesium chloride since CO and most other states don't use rock salt any more), sand, LOTS of bugs, road construction, etc. A trip like that isn't easy on any car, especially with the race, but I've never owned a car that I don't drive. One thing about going to the BBORR is that you see a lot of Vette (and other expensive cars) owners who run their car hard and don't treat them like garage art.
I'm not knocking those who rarely drive their cars and keep them pristine, I'm glad there are owners like that. I'll gladly buy their pristine, low miles car when they sell and they find out that not driving it didn't make it worth any more than other similar Vettes.