Do I Need to Entirely Replace a Cracked Mirror?

Your mirrors are definitely more fragile that your windows, windshield, or rear glass. They’re thin, and the two side view mirrors are exposed to threats on a daily basis ranging from shopping carts in the parking lot to other cars. What happens if one is cracked? Do you have to replace the entire thing?

Your options

First, if the glass is just cracked and isn’t broken, you don’t need to do anything (legally speaking). However, it does obstruct your view and constitutes a safety hazard.

Second, you can replace just the glass portion on most side view mirrors, rather than the entire housing. Even powered mirrors can have just the glass replaced in most instances, although you’ll probably want to let an experienced mechanic handle it.

However, if the housing itself has been damaged, you’ll need to replace it entirely for safety purposes. Replacement side view mirrors and housings aren’t that expensive, but they can be difficult to replace if you have no experience in this area.

Stay safe and get it replaced

Legally, as long as you have two mirrors that provide an unobstructed view of the rear, you don’t have to replace the mirror or the housing. That’s risky, though. As mentioned, a cracked mirror is already a safety hazard and it will only take a little jolt for the entire thing to shatter. Then you’ll be without a mirror completely.

When everything’s said and done, it’s best to stay on the safe side. Side view and rearview mirrors might not seem like much, but they’re integral to your safety on the road and provide you with a more accurate view of other cars behind and to the side of you.


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Joaquin

4 years of experience
157 reviews
Joaquin
4 years of experience
Hyundai Elantra - Door Mirror Replacement (Passenger Side) - Irving, Texas
He is cool and experience mechanic who took care of my car. He replaced my broken passenger side mirror.
Ford F-150 - Door Mirror Replacement (Passenger Side) - Plano, Texas
Very courteous and responsive. Took care of a supply issue and communicated throughout the whole process!

Andrew

10 years of experience
617 reviews
Andrew
10 years of experience
Toyota Prius - Door Mirror Replacement (Passenger Side) - Kansas City, Missouri
Patient, works quickly, and is punctual. Andy is really good at what he does. I'm very satisfied with my service.
Mazda 3 - Door Mirror Replacement (Driver Side) - Kansas City, Missouri
This mechanic right here is the best won he did my tires and I appreciate everything he does and I want him to be be my mechanic for now on

Jamahl

19 years of experience
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Jamahl
19 years of experience
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Door Mirror Replacement (Driver Side, Passenger Side) - Sorrento, Florida
Jamahl was early but did call first to make sure I was okay with that. We did chat, found out we were from the same area of another state. He was polite, personable and professional. I had a question 2 days later and he returned my call within minutes. A very good experience.
Volkswagen Jetta - Door Mirror Replacement (Passenger Side) - Apopka, Florida
Jamahl put in new mirror with no problem. He said VW has to reprogram system to get side lights on mirrors to work and warning system for backing up to work

Scott

35 years of experience
697 reviews
Scott
35 years of experience
Mitsubishi Galant - Door Mirror Replacement (Driver Side) - Chandler, Arizona
Scott was very professional and friendly. The job was done quickly and he texted me when it was done. I would definitely recommend him.

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