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The rear view mirror is one of the most crucial parts of your vehicle in terms of safety-your safety and others' safety. Poor mirror design has been the cause of deaths, some of them small children whom drivers can't see with their poorly designed mirrors. So what should you look for in a mirror? First, it should be easy to install and show as much of the road behind you as possible to reduce your blind spots. Try to look for a mirror that displays a larger or wider image than your old factory one was capable of showing. Second, the mirror should be clear enough to reflect vivid colors and fine details. It must reduce glare, which is dangerous as it obstructs your view of other objects behind you. Finally, the mirror must also have safety features like breakaway mechanisms in case of road accidents. Here at Auto Parts Warehouse, we have a rear view mirror with all these important features and more. Our customers rely on us for all their auto parts need because of our massive inventory and amazing offers such as our Price Match Guarantee, super fast delivery, and a chance to get up to 70% discount on regular retail prices! So order a new rear view mirror today and see a whole new world of safety.

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Choosing the Right Rear View Mirror for Your Car

Every year, there are more than 826,000 lane change or merge accidents recorded in the United States. More than 200 people die each year in these accidents, and 60% of the drivers involved say that they failed to see the other vehicle.

These accidents could have been prevented if vehicles are outfitted with the right set of side mirrors and rear view mirror, which eliminate or at least make the blind zones smaller. So if you have a dangling or a broken rear view mirror out there, have it replaced before you take your ride out for a drive especially on multi-lane highways.

Here are the different types of rear view mirrors available in the market these days:

OE Replacement

This is an exact replacement for your stock rear view mirror, so you can install and align this easily for maximum road view. Like stock mirrors, OE replacements are designed in such a way that they aren't obscured by seated occupants or by the vehicle's head restraints.

Electrochromic (auto-dimming) rear view mirror

Installed on higher-end vehicles, this mirror is made up of two lenses sandwiching an electrochromic (electronic color changing) gel, which darkens when charged with electricity. This mirror contains a forward sensor for outside ambient light and a rearward sensor for glare. When it's dark, the mirror darkens at a rate related to ambient darkness and rearward glare. If you've always been troubled by glare, this will be a good safety addition in your vehicle. It will make driving at night safer.

Bluetooth-enabled rear view mirror

Powered by Bluetooth Wireless Technology, this type of rear view mirror displays numbers or caller ID information on its surface. For hands-free use of your phone, this mirror also contains buttons, which allow you to receive or disconnect a call, and a speaker back, which is capable of isolating noise while you're attending a call. This is perfect for geeky drivers.

GPS rear view mirror

Ideal for people who usually go on business trips or long-distance road travels, this kind of mirror provides you with maps and other information you need to get to your destination with ease. Modern units even come with turn-by-turn directions through an audible voice, so you no longer need to glance at the monitor from time to time.

No matter which type of mirror you get, it's important that you make sure it conforms to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

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Installing a Rear View Mirror: Here's How to

Has your rear view mirror suffered from discoloration? Has it fallen off? No matter what your reason is for having your rear view mirror replaced, the task is simple and can be achieved even by a novice DIYer with minimal effort. All you need to do is to equip yourself with the right tools and to follow this step-by-step guide in installing a new mirror:

Difficulty level: Easy

Tools and materials needed:

  • Replacement rear view mirror
  • Screwdriver or Allen wrench
  • Washable marker
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Razor blade
  • Rubber gloves
  • Adhesive scraper
  • Paper towels or cloth
  • Pliers

NOTE: Do the installation on a dry day. It must not be too hot or too cold-temperatures between 50 and 75 degrees are appropriate. Fingerprints left on the window can prevent the adhesive from bonding effectively, so put your rubber gloves on before you start with the procedure.

Step 1: Park your car in a place where sunlight does not directly strike the area where you're installing the mirror. Using the scraper, clean the area where the old mirror was formerly installed.

Step 2: To be sure that no oil, grease, or adhesive is left, pour alcohol on a cloth or paper towel and wipe down the spot you've just scraped clean. Allow it to dry.

Step 3: Look at the mirror's attachment point. Using an Allen wrench or a screwdriver, gently pop out and remove the U-shaped metal button in the receptacle. If a small screw secures the button in place, remove the screw first. But if the button is snapped in place, get the pliers and press down the metal flange that holds it before prying the button out with a screwdriver.

Step 4: With the scraper, carefully remove the traces of adhesive from the face of the button. Clean it with alcohol and allow it to dry. Using the marker or razor blade, mark the side of the button that attaches to the mirror, so you won't accidentally glue the wrong side to the window.

Step 5: Put the mirror on the part of the windshield where the original component was installed. Make sure the button's curved end is facing upward. Use the marker to trace around the button.

Step 6: On the side of the button that you didn't mark, apply a large drop of the adhesive. Press the gluey side of the button onto the glass, making sure it fits within the marked area. Maintain pressure on the button for at least 60 seconds.

Step 7: Wait for an hour or more before attaching the mirror. When it's dry, reattach the mirror, slide the attachment receptacle onto the button, and push down until you hear a click. In some cases, you need to screw the button in place.

Step 8: Clean the mirror and the area around the attachment point with alcohol, and adjust it to your desired position.