Car side mirrors are probably one of most often-replaced car parts, since they are so prone to being broken – just ask any driver who ever backed out into his mailbox, or whose car glass was smacked with a baseball bat by some rowdy gang of teenagers. Once a car glass gets broken, it’s a common mistake made by many drivers to have the whole sideview mirror assembly replaced, when all they’d need is some minor mirror replacement and mirror repair.
It’s actually pretty easy to replace your side mirrors. The first step is to know how to find good replacements for them. Some of the best places where you could find car mirror replacements is to look online. So if you find yourself needing help with this first step, here are some websites that you could check out:
- carparts-direct.co.uk. This website offers many different types of auto glass mirrors for different car makes and models, such as Mazda, Ford, Fiat, Volvo, Volkswagen, and many more. Typical prices are at $10 to $20. Apart from mirror glass, you could also order other spare parts from this website such as alternators, coil springs, power steering pumps, among others.
- automirrorsplus.com. Browse through the different car brands on the left portion of the page, and then find auto mirrors fit for your specific car model. Glass prices range from $15 to a little more than $24.
- The official website of your car brand. Why not try looking at the official website of your car manufacturer and see if they offer just mirror parts. You’d definitely be able to rely more on the quality of the mirror that you purchase through this option.
- Other websites. There are so many other websites you could choose from that work with the same principle as the websites mentioned above. Some of the other sites you could check out include carpartswholesale.com, and carbodyparts.net.
Apart from going online, you could opt instead to contact your auto dealer to purchase car mirror glass of the same brand as your car. Remember, it’s very important that you buy certified auto glass that is conforms to Department of Transportation standards, and not just any cheap glass replacement out there. That’s because certified auto glass is supposed to eliminate blind spots and increase the driver’s field of vision, thanks to the glass’s convex shape. So never, ever attempt to replace your car mirror glass with, say, ordinary vanity mirror glass. This is just downright risky and may put you and your passengers in danger.
Once you have your replacement mirror, know that you can do the replacement procedure yourself. Make sure you wear protective gloves and eyewear, to avoid getting injured by the bits of glass. First, make sure that you completely remove the old mirror by using a flat-head screwdriver or any other tool that can help you scrape it out. To speed up the removal, just apply heat to the mirror by using a hairdryer; this will cause the adhesive to loosen. Once you’ve removed the old glass, clean up the framed plate thoroughly. Next, apply adhesive on the plate frame; secure the mirror and let the glue dry.
Having your car mirror glass broken may be a hassle, but don’t worry, it’s certainly not a cause for much trouble or major withdrawals from your bank account. Good luck!