I just bought a 2009 Chevy Malibu LS. The car is in great shape with low KMs (51000). However on the back panel near the gas tank are a few scratches. They are a bit thicker than key scratches.. I'd say maybe the width of the tip of a pen, not overly long maybe 5cm or so.
The paint around them is not flaking off or anything. Before I purchased the vehicle I had asked the sales lady to see if they could be touched up. I noticed the scratches were still there and asked her about it. She told me that they would have had to sand the paint down to metal, and then repaint the panel. Then due to the fact the one panel would have newer/different paint then it would have to be written down as being a different panel. Which would mean it would have to be re-registered and other various things done.
I told her that it was okay, and she said the buffed it down (and it does feel smooth).
My question is kind of two parts.
#1) I can get touch-up paint online that is apparently OEM. It also is the same color as my car. Is it worth getting touch up paint? Is there risk of rust or it getting worse? Is there a better option?
#2) Is it worth it to get it RustCheck'd with full rust coat, and under coating. They will do interior component and exterior components, electrical, motor, etc.
If I get it rust proofed, I am assuming that will prevent any rust if #1 isn't worth looking at... however I am not well versed in what should and shouldn't be done with vehicles.
My main concern obviously is the scratches could be a point of entry for rust and such.. but not sure if it is a real risk or not.