Rust game: How to repair car, where to find cars and how to change modules in Rust vehicles!

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Following what seemed like an eternity of teasing and hinting, Facepunch Studios finally added vehicles into Rust in July 2020, transforming how players traverse the map.

However, given Rust takes place on a mostly abandoned map, you cannot expect the cars to exactly be in the best shape. They might even be a bit Rust-y (I'm sorry).

Here's everything you need to know about finding, repairing, and tuning your cars in Rust.

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How to find cars in Rust

To repair a car in Rust, you need to actually have a car.

You can find broken vehicles scattered across the Rust map by the side of the road. You can also identify which vehicles need repairing by the smoke and sparks flying out of the cars.

To take the car with you, you will then need to repair it. You can also try to push the car to your destination, but careful of the car rolling backwards, as this will kill you.

How to repair cars in Rust

To repair a vehicle in Rust, you will need to fix its engine. This requires having and installing the following items:

  • 1 Carburator
  • 2 Pistons
  • 1 Crankshaft
  • 2 Spark Plugs
  • 2 Valves
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It's worth noting that these items have three different levels of varying quality. The better quality components will make your car faster, durable, and efficient. These can be researched in the Outpost, although we'd probably recommend just getting your car running before fine-tuning it in the open.

The last thing you will need is to add fuel to your car. These vehicles can take up to 500x of low-grade fuel.

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How to modify cars in Rust

Once you've got your car up and running, you may want to tweak some aspects of it. To do this, you will need a Modular Car Lift (also known as a vehicle lift) which you can buy from the Bandit Camp Shopkeeper for 150 Scrap. Alternatively, you can research it yourself for 125 if you have Workbench Level 2 and its blueprint.

You will then need to set aside a decent amount of space for your lift, and input power to the lift before driving your car onto it.

From here, you will be able to adjust your vehicle modules as you please, with the following different modules available to customise your car:

  • Cockpit
  • Cockpit with Engine
  • Armored Cockpit
  • Passenger Module (Seats 6)
  • Rear Seats Module (Seats 2)
  • Taxi Module (Seats 2; Protection at front)
  • Large Engine Module
  • Storage Module
  • Fuel Tank Module
  • Single Flatbed
  • Double Flatbed
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