Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
Is it better to repair a damaged Ford F-150 fender than to replace it?
Answer: Deciding on whether to repair or replace a damaged fender depends on the severity of the damage as well as the material the fender is made from. If the fender suffered only minor dents and damage, for example, having it repaired in an auto body shop might be more cost effective compared to having the entire panel replaced. On the other hand, if the damage on the fender is extensive and the structural integrity of the material is compromised, it might be better to replace it instead. Fenders made of aluminum are also recommended to be replaced instead of being repaired once damaged because of the aluminum's lack of "memory": the panel will not remember its old shape, making it harder to restore this type fender to its old form.
What are the advantages of using fiberglass body panels?
Answer: A lot of OE-comparable replacement F-150 fenders are made of a fiberglass plastic composite, which has several advantages over the standard heavy-gauge steel used in OEM fenders. First of all, fiberglass is lighter than steel, which means it reduces the overall weight of the vehicle. Fiberglass is also virtually rustproof and highly resistant to other forms of corrosion. Also, unlike other alternative body panel materials, fiberglass can be easily repaired when damaged in the event of a collision. Some fiberglass body panel kits are also designed for easy installation, although professional installation is still recommended, especially for those who have no prior experience working with fenders and other auto body panels.
How much do replacement fenders cost?
Answer: The price of replacement Ford F-150 fenders varies depending on the material. The cost of standard steel OEM fenders ranges from $40 to $100, while replacement fenders made of aluminum and fiberglass may cost $200 and up.