Everything you need to know about car fender repair

June 6th, 2024 by

If you’re facing issues with your car fender (or fenders – we know how it is sometimes), then you might be in need of a repair or even a replacement. Toyota of Orlando is here to walk you through what this car part is, why it’s important, and how to tell if you need a repair or a replacement to get it back into like-new shape. Let’s kick it off! 

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What is a car fender? 

First things first – what is a car fender, and why does it matter? Here’s what you should know about this part on your Orlando Toyota. 

  • A car fender is the part of your car that frames the wheels and wheel wells. You’ll have four of them on your Orlando Toyota – one on each wheel. 
  • It’s a curved panel that runs from the bumper to the doors. 

What does a car fender do? 

Now you know what a car fender is, but what does it do and why does it matter if yours is in good shape? Here’s your 60-second guide to this car part. 

  • A car fender is designed to prevent dirt, sand mud, rocks, and other debris from being thrown into the air by your tires. 
  • This helps prevent your car’s paint, braking systems, and other parts of your Orlando Toyota. 
  •  Fenders also prevent debris from being tossed into other cars and pedestrians around you. 

Have a clear understanding of what a car fender is and why it matters? Good – now let’s move on to what you should do if yours gets damaged. 

How to deal with fender repair and replacement 

Unfortunately, at some point in your car’s life, it’s bound to be damaged. Damage occurs from accidents, collisions, rogue shopping carts, and more. This means that at some point, you may need fender repair or replacement. But how do you know which is necessary? This is where our Orlando auto body repair experts step in. Here’s what they have to say about it. 

Fender repair 

Sometimes the damage to your vehicle is minor, and fender repair is all you need. This tends to be less expensive and takes less time to complete, which is good news for you. The rule of thumb is that if the damage is cosmetic and doesn’t affect your car’s structural integrity or safety, simple repairs will do the trick. 

Here are the circumstances in which you’ll just need car fender repair (instead of replacement) on your Orlando Toyota: 

  • Minor dents and scratches. Surface scratches and dents can be easily repaired, especially if you bring your car to the Toyota of Orlando body shop. We may even be able to use PDR (paintless dent repair) to get your car looking like-new again. 
  • Small rusted areas. Rust is never good, but as long as the rust on your car fender is on the surface and doesn’t compromise the structure integrity of the metal, our techs can sand it down and repaint to get you back on the road. 

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Car fender replacement

However, if the damage to your car fender affects the structural integrity of your vehicle or puts you and your passengers at risk, you’re likely going to need a replacement. Here are some signs you need to put these auto repairs on the books at Toyota of Orlando: 

  • Cracks. Cracks mean your fender can no longer function properly – it’s structural integrity has been compromised. If you were to get into another accident, the fender could actually damage other parts of your car. 
  • A fender that’s bent or misaligned. If you notice that your car’s fender is bent or misaligned, it could rub your tires or other parts of your Orlando Toyota. This is a sign that you need replacement ASAP. 

What is the front fender replacement cost vs back fender replacement cost? 

It’s never cheap to replace parts on your car (sorry). We also can’t give you a black-and-white answer as to the cost (sorry again). Here’s what you should know: 

  • The front fender replacement cost – and back, for that matter – depends on the size of your vehicle. 
  • Smaller vehicles are usually around $1,000 (but again, it depends on the make, model, year, and size of your car). 
  • SUVs, pickup trucks, and other larger models can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $6,000. 

Schedule car fender repair + replacement at Toyota of Orlando 

Need repairs or replacement for this important car part? Don’t wait – get your free estimate and schedule today at Toyota of Orlando. We’re just off I-4 near the Mall of Millenia at 3575 Vineland Road. 

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