My mother-in-law has just retired and given us her old Pontiac Sunfire 1996. It's been little used and generally well maintained, except for the body.
Both front fenders have a small patch of about one square inch that looks like it has been heavily damaged by rust, and the part of the rear right fender that's just under the gas tank door is rust-damaged over about one square foot — my wife managed to make a hole accidentally by putting her finger on it.
I very much doubt that we'll this car for more than a couple years, and that we'll be able to sell it for anything but scrap when we get rid of it. Therefore, it's not very tempting to invest money in fixing the body.
Would there be any consequences, other than aesthetic, in not taking care of this? If the answer is yes, would there be a relatively way of avoiding those consequences, again considering that aethetics is not a major concern?