Have you failed your Warrant of Fitness (WOF) due to rust?

There are different categories of failures for rust during a Warrant of Fitness check. Severe rust that has eaten away the metal generally requires a Panel Beater to repair, and your Warrant of Fitness check sheet should request a “Panel Beaters Written Report” before the vehicle can pass a WOF Recheck.

If it is mainly surface then you DO NOT need to go to a Panel Beater, and we can take care of that for you.

Rust is the combination of metal and oxygen or water. It can be a devaluation to your car and if extensive over the car can be a real eyesore as well as become a serious problem if left untreated.



Failed WOF for Surface Rust

A Warrant of Fitness is often failed due to surface rust. Surface rust is typically patches or bubbles of rust on the chassis or other components related to the chassis of your car. It is usually caused by scrapes and knocks that has damaged the paint (or metal covering) and allowed the underlying metal to come in direct contact with water and air. This type of corrosion can be repaired with metal preparation, rust priming and then re-painting.

Further Problematic Rust

Problematic Rust, however, is likely to occur when your vehicle is exposed to the elements for prolonged periods of time. If corrosion is extensively visible then it is easily possible that it could have turned from normal surface rust to deep rust that has eaten a hole through the body of your car. This could mean significant safety problems as that type of rust could damage the structural integrity of the car which could cause parts to snap off while driving which is a big safety concern or the frame might crumple during a crash.

If this type of rust has been found during the Warrant of Fitness Inspection (WOF) then the Warrant of Fitness check sheet should request a “Panel Beaters Written Report”


Dangerous places for rust are in the vehicles Chassis, engine block, brake or fuel lines, shock towers, and drive-train systems. These parts should never be rusty and if they fail can be a big danger on the roads. This is why if you see any rust on these parts of the car make sure to have it checked out before any driving. This is also why surface rust can be failed at Warrant of Fitness (WOF) check time, as left untreated it could easily develop into Problematic Rust that could put you and your family in significant danger and could cost you much more to fix in the future (if left to continue to rust).


Warrant of Fitness (WOF) Rust Repairs Hamilton

If you have failed your Warrant of Fitness due to rust (and you do not require a Panel Beaters report), then Grimmer Motors can take care of this rust for you quickly, to enable you to get your Warrant of Fitness / WOF and get you back on the road. We are very familiar with Warrant of Fitness surface rust repairs and can normally have your cars surface rust repaired same day. We also have courtesy cars that you can book.

At Grimmer Motors, our team of experienced mechanics can inspect and repair virtually any surface rust damage caused. From there, we can provide expert estimates and repairs. This will result in safer and a higher valued car.

For Warrant of Fitness Rust Repairs in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!

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