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Rust Vehicles Guide

Rust is a game that is based on the idea of letting you do whatever you want in the wake of an apocalyptic event. Being able to rebuild society how you see fit is a pretty unique game mechanic, and it makes Rust one of the most hardcore games in the whole survival industry.

The many mechanics that make up Rust make the game unique in more than just its genre, however. This includes the game’s relatively detailed approach to vehicles in a world that has endured a cataclysm. In this guide, we’re going to cover what you should know about Rust’s vehicles.

Using Modular Cars

Modular cars are some of the most common vehicles that you’ll come across in Rust because they’re pretty easy to assemble once you have a baseline level of technology. Keep in mind that getting your car running is only half the battle since you’ll also need the resources to keep it running.

Vehicles in Rust tend to get expensive to maintain because you need to keep them fed with a constant source of fuel. Of course, that’s assuming that you’re able to put them together in the first place, which will require a bit of luck on your part to ensure that you have the proper parts.

Most players start off by repairing a damaged car that they come across in the world. In most cases, you can repair your car with wood, metal fragments, and high-quality metal. Keep in mind that the amount of materials you need will depend on the number of modules that the car has and the amount of damage it has sustained.

If you want to make your job easier, you can always buy a vehicle lift at the bandit camp. You’ll need 175 scrap to get your hands on it. This will allow you to fix up your car but it will also allow you to modify it. If you don’t want to get a car lift, you can always use the hammer to make more basic repairs to the vehicle.

Keep in mind that your car will need a few different parts to function properly, including a carburetor, valves, spark plugs, pistons, and a crankshaft. Keep in mind that your vehicle’s performance will depend on the quality of these parts, with low-end parts being easier to find but resulting in a slower vehicle.


Rust has two types of helicopters: the Mini-Copter and the Scrap Heli. Both of them can be purchased at the bandit camp for a pretty large amount of scrap, and they require a crew to make the most of. Like cars, both of them run off a pretty large amount of low-grade fuel, so maintenance costs will be your worst enemy, as always.

Keep in mind that these helicopters have pretty different performance, depending on what you’re trying to do. The Mini-Copter can hold no more than two passengers, which limits its functionality. It’s also pretty easy to take out because of how open it is compared to the Scrap Heli.

The Scrap Heli provides additional protection and it allows you to conduct full-on assaults because of its open back that allows you to carry additional players. Every player you carry will be able to use their weapons freely, meaning that you can conduct airborne assaults against enemies.

Boats and Submarines

Boats have been in Rust for a long time, and they’ve allowed players to efficiently move around waterways. You can typically find boats next to the water, and you may have to sometimes push them in yourself. You can also buy boats from the Boat Vendor, and like with other vehicles, you’ll need low-grade fuel to run them.

With the most recent update to Rust, the game now features underwater labs and biomes, and to explore them, you can either use scuba gear or the new submarines. Subs are a bit slower than boats but they’re a lot more versatile because you can explore beneath the waves without much trouble.

Vehicle Decay in Rust

One thing to keep in mind is that vehicles in Rust aren’t immune to the same kind of decay that will eventually erode structures away. The amount of time that it takes for a vehicle to decay depends on the type of vehicle and the conditions that you leave it in.

For example, boats and Scrap Helis will decay in six hours if they’re in your base while they’ll be gone in three hours outside. Mini-copters and cars can last 36 hours in a base but only eight hours outside.


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