Your vehicle’s side mirror goes by many different names, including a wing mirror, fender mirror, door mirror, and outside rearview mirror. This type of mirror serves an important purpose while you are driving because it helps you to see blind spots behind and to the side of your car. If your mirror is damaged, you’ll be even more blind to your vehicle’s blind spots, which can increase the risk of a car accident. This is why it’s so important to have your external rear view mirror replaced if it’s damaged or missing. Here are a few questions you may have about side mirror replacement:

Why Would Your Side Mirror Need to Be Replaced?

A side mirror can become cracked or damaged in a number of ways. If the mirror is chipped, cracked, or hanging from your door, it needs to be replaced. Accidents are one common reason why a side mirror may need to be replaced. You may side swipe a garbage can or mailbox, damaging your mirror in the process. Road debris, such as flying rocks, can also damage a side mirror, though those incidents are not very common.

What Should You Expect When Having a Side Mirror Replaced?

You can expect the entire unit to be replaced; just the glass or mirror itself cannot be replaced, so the entire mount is replaced. The process is generally very fast, and it can be completed in under an hour. Since the unit is screwed into place, you do not have to worry about any adhesives or glues needing to dry before you drive off.

Has Your Side Mirror Been Damaged?

While it’s not illegal for most drivers to drive with a missing or damaged side mirror in Minnesota, it’s not recommended you do so. It can decrease your ability to see cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other elements to the side and behind you when you are changing lanes or backing up.

If your side mirror is damaged, contact Centennial Glass, serving the St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota areas. We can help you with all of your auto glass repair needs, including windshield repair, car window repair, sunroof repair, and side mirror replacement. Schedule your appointment today.