What is a side view mirror?

The side view mirror is attached to the drivers and passengers’ side doors and assist the driver in seeing behind them and to their “sides”, hence the name “side view mirror”. They can be electric, manual, have blinkers built in, telescopic for large trucks, painted, chrome, plastic, metal. All sorts of options! One things is certain, they are useful and also easy to damage.

Things to keep in mind when buying

A side view mirror can range from as little as $15 for a Chevy Cavalier mirror, to well over $500 for an Audi A8 mirror. Generally, options like electronic adjustment, heating, and integrated turn signals will increase the price.

Vehicle New Recycled Savings
2002 Toyota Camry $3,299.00 $900.00 $2,399
2004 Chevy Silverado $4,243.00 $450.00 $3,793
2003 Lincoln LS $5,300 $650.00 $4,650
2009 Hyundai Accent $4850 $550.00 $4,300
2001 Chevy Corvette $7,500 $1,850.00 $5,650
2011 Audi A4 $6,400 $2,100.00 $4,300
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Things to keep in mind when buying

Make sure to understand that the paint colors may not match even if they are the ‘same’. If your vehicle has power mirrors, buy one like it, not a manual adjustment mirror.

Installation Tips

Take your time and don’t force any electrical connections that don’t match up. Remove the protective plastic over the glass last.

Ongoing maintenance

Not much to do other than don’t run into stuff!