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Volkswagen Fender Buyer's Guide

Every Volkswagen comes with fenders. This buyer’s guide has all the information you need to know about fenders, including:

  • What fenders are and why they’re important
  • How to replace a fender on a VW
  • The difference between OEM and aftermarket fenders
  • More

If this buyer’s guide doesn’t satisfy your curiosity about VW fenders, you can contact us with questions.

What Is A Fender And Why Is It Important?

First, let's talk about what a fender is. A fender is an auto body part that sits above each wheel. A fender can be either:

  • Only a body panel
  • The entire assembly (the body panel and fender liner)

Fenders are not only cosmetic parts. They also offer significant protection from:

  • Road debris (mud, sand, dirt, etc.)
  • Rocks
  • Liquids

A fender liner protects the wheel well and engine bay from these impurities. A fender protects the vehicle, other vehicles, and pedestrians from the same impurities. This post offers a more thorough explanation of fenders and why they’re important.

Should My Body Shop Use An OEM Fender Or Is Aftermarket OK?

Are you trying to decide between using an OEM or aftermarket replacement fender? This comparison guide will help you weigh the pros and cons of each option. To sum it up, OEM fenders are better than aftermarket fenders because:

  • OEM fenders fit perfectly
    • Perfect fitment isn’t guaranteed with aftermarket fenders
  • Volkswagen builds OEM fenders with high quality materials
    • It’s common for aftermarket fenders to be built with low quality materials

You’d get a much better return of investment on an OEM fender instead of an aftermarket unit. If you’re having an auto body shop replace the fender for you, here’s how you can make sure that they use OEM parts.

Can You Replace A Fender Yourself?

Beetle fender

Are you wondering if you can save some money on labor by replacing your VW fender at home? It’s not a task for beginners, so we wouldn’t recommend it for just about anybody. This guide will help you figure out if it’s a task you can tackle. In a nutshell, you may be able to do this job if:

  • You have all the right tools
  • You have the right experience
  • You can weld (in certain situations)
  • You have a few hours to spend on this job

Are you unsure whether you can handle this job? It’s better to play it safe and leave it to the professionals. If you’re confident that you have the right tools and experience for the job, read on to find out how to replace a fender on your VW.

How To Replace A VW Fender

The fender replacement process varies between Volkswagen models. So we put together a general overview of the process, which you can see here. We recommend finding specific steps for your Volkswagen model. Yet, that overview will give you an idea of what the job will entail.

Paintless Dent Repair Vs Replacing The Fender

Do you have a dented fender? Here are two effective ways to fix it:

  1. Try paintless dent repair
  2. Replace the fender

This post explores the pros and cons of each option. Paintless dent repair is the more affordable option, but replacing the fender is safer. There are some things that could go wrong with paintless dent repair. It may even make the fender look worse than before. Replacing the fender the right way will take care of the problem once and for all.