Your Pontiac Firebird fender is definitely one of the most exposed parts of your car. Using an analogy, by the time an accident happens to your car, it's as if the fender had the front seat of a falling rollercoaster. Falling apart and being scratched or bent are common fates for the fender so you should know what to do in case these happen to you. We discussed below the common reasons behind fender problems as well as some ways to troubleshoot them.
Accidents that damage a vehicle are also known as fender benders because fenders take the bulk of the damage causing them to, well, bend or fall apart. There are a lot of reasons behind fender benders: the car in front of you suddenly stopped, the unnoticed traffic when you are driving out of the driveway, the crazy driver every neighborhood has, and so on. These types of accidents are usually covered by the warranty so it is always best to first consult your dealer.
Most drivers opt to leave their cars unrepaired after fender benders, particularly for minor accidents. They think that for as long as their car remains in a favorable, tolerable, functioning state, they are still good for a couple more years. However, you should know that the exposed metal caused by fender benders is extremely vulnerable to rust damage and risks other problems (such a possible falling-out of the car assembly or even constantly scratching other cars in the street). Therefore, it is highly recommend replacing a damaged fender.
A lot of things can leave scratches on your Pontiac Firebird fender: tight traffic, narrow roads, careless drivers, a dog, your kids, and you get the point. Given that a lot of things can cause this, it is extremely hard to avoid getting the fender scratched. Scratches could either mean damage on the paint or on the coating. If you only scraped the coating or finish, there should still be color left in the groove despite the scratch. For cases like this, a polishing compound would be enough. If the problem is scratched paint, then you would need a wax remover and a can of touch-up paint.