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Getting your car wing mirrors fixed
Wing mirrors, also known as side view mirrors, help you to be aware of other cars when you’re driving and are vital to the safety of you and your passengers. They help you to see to the side and rear of the car and in the area outside your peripheral vision, or ‘blind spot'.
Because your wing mirror is essentially made from glass, they can be very susceptible to damage. It's a legal requirement to have at least two working wing mirrors on your car, so whether another car accidentally clips your wing mirror, or you accidentally smash the glass yourself, it's extremely important that you get them fixed as soon as possible to avoid any more accidents.
Newer cars often have extra components, like heating elements which keep the mirror free from condensation, or positioning motors which adjust the angle of the side mirror automatically.
Wing mirror repair average costs
The average cost for a whole wing mirror replacement on WhoCanFixMyCar is £222. However, there are many factors that can affect the exact cost of a wing mirror repair, such as the make and model of your car, the extent of the damage, who you choose to perform the work, and whereabouts in the country you are based.
Alternatively, the cost for a wing mirror glass replacement will be less than how much you pay for a whole wing mirror replacement. The average cost of a wing mirror glass replacement is around £155 when booked with WhoCanFixMyCar.
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Where can you get your wing mirrors fixed?
It can seem like a minefield finding a mechanic or garage to fix your wing mirror at a fair price as there are so many to choose from. All garages are likely to offer wing mirror repairs and replacements, so we’d recommend comparing quotes and reviews from a few to find the best price. It’s usually also cheaper to get your car repaired at a local independent garage than to visit a dealership. Simply follow the below steps to retrieve your quote:
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When do I need to replace my wing mirrors?
The wing mirrors on your car are essential for safe driving as they allow you to see what’s behind and to the sides of your vehicle. Driving without two working wing mirrors is illegal and affects your safety on the road, and that of your fellow motorists, so it’s important to replace a broken one immediately.
If your wing mirror is damaged, your car will automatically fail its MOT, so it’s also a good idea to make sure they’re in good working order before you bring your car in for it. When getting a repair, we’d always recommend getting both your wing mirrors checked to ensure you can drive safely.
Wing mirror repair
The average cost of a wing mirror repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £137.48.
Wing mirror repairs can be done very quickly. The repair cost depends on the type of car you have and the extent of the damage to the wing mirror.Can include
- Wing mirror glass replacement
- Wing mirror cover repair
- Wing mirror replacement
The average cost of electric car window repairs booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £76.16.
Most modern car windows are controlled by the electrical system, rather than being opened and closed manually. If there’s a fault with the electrics, it can sometimes stop the window button from working. A professional will find the cause of the issue and perform a repair to get your parking sensors working again.Can include
- Electrical inspection and diagnostic
- Electric car window fault repairs
The average cost of a car electrical diagnostic booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £52.81.
The more complicated part of fixing a problem with your car’s electrical system is figuring out exactly what’s going wrong in the system and where the fault is located. A car electrician will carry out a diagnostics test to pinpoint the exact source of the issue and recommend the appropriate repair.Can include
- Car electrics inspection
- Car electrical fault diagnostic test
Common wing mirror problems
There are four main kinds of problems that can occur with a wing mirror:
The wing mirror glass or casing is broken
If your wing mirror glass is smashed, chipped or cracked, the glass will generally need to be replaced by a professional. This is a straightforward job that doesn’t require a full wing mirror replacement. However, If the casing itself is cracked then you’ll need to replace the whole unit with a new wing mirror.
If you can no longer reposition your side mirror, then you need to seek professional advice. If your car uses a mechanical lever to reposition it and the mechanism no longer works, then you’ll need to have it repaired or replaced. On the other hand, if your car has an electric system that moves the mirror automatically, and this is no longer working as it should, then have the electrics and wiring checked by a professional.
Heating function failing
Some vehicles have a heating function that can keep your wing mirrors free from condensation and therefore allow you to see clearly even when conditions are foggy or rainy. If your vehicle has a heating function like this which has failed, this will affect the visibility in your wing mirror. Have it checked if you suspect a problem with your vehicle’s heating.
Mirror breaking off
In some cases, for example following an accident, your mirror could be broken off completely. In this case, it will need replacing.
Top warning signs your wing mirrors need attention
Watch out for these top warning signs and, if you spot any of them, make sure to get a professional to examine your wing mirrors.
Chipped, cracked or smashed glass
Being unable to adjust your mirror
Heating failure leading to condensation on your wing mirrors
Missing wing mirror
What impacts the cost of wing mirror repairs?
There are many factors that affect the cost of wing mirror repairs and replacement, such as the make, age and model of your car, where you take it for a repair and the extent of the damage.
Manually and electrically operated side mirrors also require different types of repairs. Vehicles with electrical components like heating or automatic adjustment are more complex, so a wing mirror repair will usually be more expensive than it would on a car where the wing mirrors are operated manually. Not only that, but there are more things that can go wrong and so the likelihood of needing a repair is greater. For instance, if the electrics have failed then the mirror may need rewiring.
Wing mirror repair versus wing mirror replacement
Wing mirrors go through a lot of wear and tear and are vulnerable to damage by other motorists, often while you’ve left your car parked.
Sometimes it’s possible to replace just a part of the wing mirror, if the glass is broken for example. This is often cheaper than getting a whole wing mirror replacement, which would involve you having to pay for a new wing mirror as well as the labour time to get it fitted.
However, it’s not always possible to get a wing mirror repaired in this way and sometimes the damage will call for a full wing mirror replacement. For instance, if the unit itself is chipped, it can be weakened and will usually need to be replaced fully. We’d always recommend taking a professional’s advice on whether a repair or a replacement is needed as wing mirrors are an essential part of your safety on the roads.
Get your wing mirror repaired at home
If you prefer, a mobile mechanic can drive out to you to repair or replace your wing mirror at home. Not only will it save you time dropping your car off at a garage, but it will also avoid you having to drive with a damaged mirror. This could be dangerous and, in some cases, illegal, especially if the issue is with the glass itself.
You may even be able to repair a wing mirror yourself at home, if you have the right specialist tools and the exact mirror part. However, it can be a complex job and, where safety is concerned, it’s always best to get a professional opinion first. It only takes minutes for a professional to fit the part for you safely and if you order the part yourself, you may get the wrong one. Not only that, but if there’s a crack in the glass of your wing mirror, then the glass will have to be ordered especially as the size will be specific to your vehicle.
How much does it cost to replace a wing mirror?
The average cost of a wing mirror replacement is £222. However, your exact price will depend on many different factors, such as whether you go to a dealership or a local garage, the make and model of your car and the type of wing mirror your car needs. Take a look at the table below to find the average cost per make.
Does a wing mirror repair fall under warranty?
A wing mirror repair won’t normally fall under warranty unless the damage to your wing mirror occurred due to a manufacturing fault. Your warranty will normally only cover manufacturing defects, not accidental damage, scratches or vandalism.
Is a car mirror repair covered by insurance?
Your wing mirrors may well be covered by your insurance policy, but it will depend what kind of insurance you have. If you only have third party insurance, this will only cover repairs to other people’s cars and not your own, so check your policy. Even if your insurance does cover car wing mirror repairs, consider carefully whether it’s worth making a claim as you will lose your no claims bonus and the cost of a repair is often inexpensive.
Do I need to repair the wing mirrors for a leased car?
Yes! Damaging a leased car can lead to expensive charges if it’s not repaired before it’s returned and the damage is beyond the fair wear and tear guidelines in your contract.
How much does it cost to replace broken wing mirror glass?
This depends on many factors, including the make of the vehicle and the extent of the repair needed, but an average cost is around £155 when booked with WhoCanFixMyCar.
How long will a wing mirror repair take?
The length of time it takes to repair a wing mirror will depend entirely on the extent of the damage. If the entire part has broken off, but the mirror has stayed intact, you may only need to have the part refitted and that may only take a few minutes.
Once more, the length of time to carry out a repair is entirely dependent on the extent of damage to your wing mirror.
How long will it take to replace a wing mirror?
If your wing mirror is destroyed or broken, you will need to get a new wing mirror. You could order the part yourself but you will be taking a huge risk as you are likely to get the wrong part and many garages will refuse to fit the wing mirror all together.
The majority of time taken to fit a brand new wing mirror will be taken up by the delivery as putting the wing mirror onto a car should not take long at all.
How can I find a garage to replace my wing mirror?
If you're in the unfortunate position that you've cracked your wing mirror and need a replacement, WhoCanFixMyCar can help you find a competitive quote from a trusted garage near you. Simply enter your registration and postcode and we will show you the garages in your area who can offer you a quote to replace your wing mirror for you.