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What does a wing mirror do?

Also known as side view or door mirrors, wing mirrors are one of the most important safety features on your car. Although they may not seem important, your wing mirrors keep you aware of vehicles, people and other obstacles around your car. Legally in the UK, you need two working mirrors and one must be the driver's side wing mirror.

What are the symptoms of a broken wing mirror?

Below are some signs that you may need to replace your wing mirror:

  • If your wing mirror is damaged and no longer provides an adequate view of the rear of your car.

  • If your electric wing mirror no longer moves or is stuck in one position.

  • If your driver’s side wing mirror is missing, legally you must have it replaced.

What happens during a wing mirror replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the damaged wing mirror by removing the casing or panels.

  • Test the electrical systems, if the wing mirror is electric.

  • If necessary, they will replace the mirror unit, the mirror glass or both. If there is a fault in the electrics they may fit a completely new wing mirror.

  • Test if the mirror moves properly and ensure it provides a view of the car’s rear.

Daniel, from LondonDaniel, from London

Hey Fixter, is it illegal to drive without a wing mirror?

According to UK law, all cars on the road must have at least two mirrors that offer an adequate view of the rear of the car, one of which must be the driver’s side wing mirror.

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Want to learn more about Mini wing mirror replacement?

What does a wing mirror do?

Wing mirrors are one of the most vital safety features on your car. Although they may not seem that important, your wing mirrors keep you aware of vehicles, people and other obstacles around your car.

In fact, wing mirrors are so vital that according to UK law, all cars must have at least two mirrors that offer an adequate view of the rear of the car, one of which must be the driver’s side wing mirror. So if you’re unlucky enough to damage or lose a wing mirror it’s important that you get it repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Wing mirrors are generally straight-forward to mend. In some cases, if a wing mirror has been completely knocked off or damaged beyond repair, a new wing mirror may need to be fitted.

Electric wing mirrors can cause more complex issues and can be more complicated to replace. They have various electrical components that can fail and will need to be rewired if you require a replacement wing mirror. As with any other safety component in your car, you should ensure that both your wing mirrors remain in good condition and intact at all times.

Mini

Mini is a British automotive marque that has been owned by the German multinational vehicle manufacturer BMW since 2000.

The Mini brand was originally introduced in 1969 when the vehicle model became a marque in its own right, breaking away from the Austin and Morris brands under the British Leyland umbrella.

The Mini Hatch was the 7th best selling car of 2018 in the UK. Mini is a consistent favourite among buyers with a leaning for British cultural icons and retro styling.

There are around 750k Mini cars on the roads, showing that the brand is still as popular as ever due to their compact sizing, attractive styling and its reputation as a classy and classic small car.

Mini: a premium product of British motoring

With its unique and unmistakable styling, Mini is firmly placed as a premium product. Its ownership by BMW has added advantages in production, by being able to lean on the executive luxury German marque for many of the advanced technological systems and specialist industry knowledge used in their manufacture.

A piece of British culture and a Hollywood star

Enhancing its popularity as a household name, the original British Mini became a star of the silver screen when it appeared predominantly in the gold-heist movie ‘The Italian Job’ in 1969, starring Michael Caine and Noel Coward. With a remake hitting the screens in 2003, the new Mini was called on to star once again, and a selection of Mini hatch models continued the tradition by featuring in the film.

Despite its small footprint, the Mini hatch is providing real competition to the Audi A1 and VW Polo due to its premium quality build. And with the weight of BMW behind them, it’s easy to see why.

How often should a wing mirror need replacing?

Over time, components in the wing mirror might seize, the mirror may shatter or the wing mirror may fall off in an accident. As soon as a wing mirror breaks, particularly if it’s on the driver’s side, it’s important to have it inspected and repaired quickly. Wing mirrors are an important safety feature so should be kept in good condition at all times. Remember, whenever you’re on the roads you must have at least two functioning mirrors that offer an adequate view of the rear of the car.

The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT

Having working wing mirrors is a legal requirement on the roads in Britain. Failing to ensure all your wing mirrors are intact puts you at risk of being pulled over by the police, receiving a hefty fine and adding 3 points to your license.

Missing or damaged wing mirrors create huge blind spots, making it much harder to keep up with what’s happening behind you, and potential hazards approaching you from the back. Replacing broken or missing wing mirrors quickly will save you being fined and will keep you safe on the road.

What happens when we do a wing mirror repair on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the damaged wing mirror by removing the casing or panels.

  • Test the electrical systems, if the wing mirror is electric.

  • If necessary, they will replace the mirror unit, the mirror glass or both. If there is a fault in the electrics they may fit a completely new wing mirror.

  • Test if the mirror moves properly and ensure it provides a view of the car’s rear.

What causes a wing mirror to break?

There are many ways you might end up with a broken wing mirror. You may be parked on a busy and another car knocks it off, you might accidentally knock your wing mirror on a wall or lamppost (it happens to the best of us!). Over time, components in the wing mirror might seize, meaning the wing mirror can no longer move.

As soon as a wing mirror breaks, particularly if it’s on the driver’s side, it’s important to have it inspected and repaired quickly. Wing mirrors are an important safety feature so should be kept in good condition at all times.

When should a wing mirror be replaced?

Over time, components in the wing mirror might seize, the mirror may shatter or the wing mirror may fall off in an accident. As soon as a wing mirror breaks, particularly if it’s on the driver’s side, it’s important to have it inspected and repaired quickly. Wing mirrors are an important safety feature so should be kept in good condition at all times. Remember, whenever you’re on the roads you must have at least two functioning mirrors that offer an adequate view of the rear of the car.

What happens when we do a wing mirror repair on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the damaged wing mirror by removing the casing or panels.

  • Test the electrical systems, if the wing mirror is electric.

  • If necessary, they will replace the mirror unit, the mirror glass or both. If there is a fault in the electrics they may fit a completely new wing mirror.

  • Test if the mirror moves properly and ensure it provides a view of the car’s rear.

What is the average life of a wing mirror?

There is no set lifespan of wing mirrors, and in reality they should only need to be replaced when they get damaged. Most wing mirrors are designed to snap back into place if they hit something at low speeds. However, sadly we all know it’s a common case to leave your car parked and come back to find your wing mirrors damaged. They’re the most likely things to get hit by passing traffic or bad parking offenders.

Can you drive with a broken or missing wing mirror?

According to UK law, all cars must have at least two mirrors that offer an adequate view of the rear of the car, one of which must be the driver’s side wing mirror. So if you’re unlucky enough to damage or lose a wing mirror it’s important that you get it repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

What happens if you don't replace a broken wing mirror?

Having working wing mirrors is a legal requirement on the roads in Britain. Failing to ensure all your wing mirrors are intact puts you at risk of being pulled over by the police, receiving a hefty fine and adding 3 points to your license.

Missing or damaged wing mirrors create huge blind spots, making it much harder to keep up with what’s happening behind you, and potential hazards approaching you from the back. Replacing broken or missing wing mirrors quickly will save you being fined and will keep you safe on the road.

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