Do I Need to Entirely Replace a Cracked Mirror?

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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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Jamahl

18 years of experience
830 reviews
Jamahl
18 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

Daniel

9 years of experience
72 reviews
Daniel
9 years of experience
Chevrolet Malibu - Door Mirror Replacement (Passenger Side) - Chicago, Illinois
Even though he was an hour late. He did apologize. I understand that things do happen. Over all he did a great job and I will recommend him to friends and family.
Toyota Matrix - Door Mirror Replacement (Driver Side) - Chicago, Illinois
I found him experienced, has detail knowledge of every part, calm. The best thing is he wants to complete his job as The Best Possible, not it’s okay, it should be fine kind of way. Great ethic to respect the customer. I want to see you again, Daniel. ..........Ram Subba

Clarissa

25 years of experience
164 reviews
Clarissa
25 years of experience
Honda Accord - Door Mirror Replacement (Driver Side) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey
So glad I had her as my mechanic, she is the best. She tell it how it is and help to see if your car have any other problems. she was very quick and kept it clean and professional. I would want her all the time.

Tinashe

11 years of experience
272 reviews
Tinashe
11 years of experience
Ford Explorer - Door Mirror Replacement (Driver Side) - Atlanta, Georgia
Tinashe replace the driver side mirror on my wife's '08 Explorer. He did a great job, showed up on time and got it done on time and at the price quoted. I have already scheduled him again for some maintenance needed that he identified during his inspection. I am very happy to know Tinashe!

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