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Can I Just Replace My Side Mirror Glass?

A broken side mirror glass is a pain to deal with. So it's natural for you to want to find the easiest solution. When it comes to fixing your side mirror, you have two options:

  1. Replace the side mirror glass
  2. Replace the entire side mirror assembly

The first solution is easier and much less expensive than the second solution. But it's not for everyone. If you're wondering if you can get away with replacing only the side mirror glass, you came to the right place. We'll help you figure out if replacing only the side mirror glass is feasible in your situation.

Is A Broken Side Mirror Illegal?

Broken mirror

The longer you drive with a broken side mirror, the more likely a cop will pull you over and possibly issue you a ticket. The legality of a broken side mirror depends on several factors, including:

  • Where you live
  • Whether your other side mirror and rearview mirror are in good working order

Most U.S. states have a law that mandates that your vehicle must have at least two functioning mirrors that help you see behind the car. Even if your state doesn't have that law, a cop may still pull you over if they notice your broken side mirror. We all can agree that being pulled over by a cop is quite a hassle, even if you don't end up with a ticket.

So it's always in your best interests to fix your broken side mirror as soon as possible.

Inspecting The Side Mirror Assembly

When the side glass is the only component that's broken, you can replace it. Before setting out to do this job, you want to make sure that the rest of the assembly is in good working order.

It doesn't take a long time to inspect the assembly. You want to check for the following:

  • Cracks on the housing
  • Torn wires
  • Bad connectors for power mirrors and heated mirrors
  • Anything else that may seem broken

To thoroughly inspect your side mirror assembly, take the following steps:

  1. Give the entire side mirror assembly a thorough visual inspection. Look for cracks or other types of damage.
  2. With your hands, rock the side mirror assembly in all directions. If the assembly feels loose, then it's possible that either:
    1. Something in the assembly is broken
    2. The assembly is just loose and you can fix it by re-tightening its fasteners
  3. If you have power mirrors:
    1. Start the car
    2. Move the side mirror in all directions with the controls inside the car
    3. If the side mirror doesn't move around the way it should, there could be either an electrical or mechanical issue and you would likely need to replace the entire assembly

If the side mirror seems to be working fine, then you can replace only the glass. Of course, you may still replace the entire assembly if you'd like. It's easier to replace the glass.

Why It's Easier To Replace The Side Mirror Glass

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Image Credit: Auto Mirror

There are two reasons why replacing only the side mirror glass is the better option:

  1. It's a much easier process:To replace the entire assembly, you need to remove panels, disconnect wires, etc. To replace the side glass, you need to pop it out of the housing.
  2. It's much cheaper: Why pay hundreds of dollars for a whole new assembly when the glass is a fraction of that cost?

This article explains: How To Replace A Volkswagen Side Mirror.

Getting An OEM Replacement Side Mirror Glass For Cheap

If you've determined that you can replace just the glass, the next step is to find a replacement. You can either:

  • Visit a Volkswagen dealership and buy one there
  • Order one online

At VW Parts Vortex, we offer a price match guarantee on all our parts, including side mirror glass. Check out our catalog and get your replacement side mirror glass from us today!