(American English informal)
a car accident in which little damage is done
1) Herbert got into a fender bender while he was looking for a parking place
2) I got in a small accident. It was just a fender-bender.
3) I got into a fender bender in the parking lot.
4) I can’t believe the damage is going to cost me 800 bucks. It was just a fender bender.
A short conversation with fender bender
A: “I got into a car accident.”
B: “That sucks. You didn’t get hurt did you?”
A: “No. It was just a fender bender.”
Other Common Sentences
– It was a small accident.
– I rear ended him, but luckily there was no damage.
The ‘fender’ is the part of the car that covers the wheels. It can ‘bend’ or be dented or otherwise damaged when another car hits it, even at slow speeds.