My daughter is taking her 2005 Toyota Camry to college in the north. The car has always been in TN. Would you recommend having it undercoated to protect against winter salt put on northern roads? Or is this done in the factory at production?
Typically, this is applied at the factory, there are additional after market undercoat shops that can reapply. This really is just an added cost, just make sure that your daughter uses a pressure washing car wash in the winter months to prevent premature corrosion.
Usually you buy an undercoating package from the dealer at the time of purchase. If this wasn't done, you may want to get it done. Up here in the north I think almost every vehicle gets this automatically. Down south, I'm not sure.
You would see a kind of black tar-like coating on the underside if you had it.
〉 Answered on Aug 24th, 2012 by Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines