Choosing the Right Mirror Mount for Your Vehicle
Mirrors are your eyes from behind. They give clear visual of the things that are unreachable even by your peripheral vision. This way, you are able to drive more effectively. Because of unexpected incidents as well as natural wear and tear though, mirror mounts can become defective, loosened due to breakage or rusting. Although it won't have direct impact on the vehicle's performance, your life and that of others can be put in peril. Significantly, a set of new mirror mounts will be necessary to get improved safety. But how would you know that you are getting the right mounts?
Know your mirrors
Car mirrors come in different types, usually depending on the manufacturing years of the vehicles. This is because mirrors don't simply differ on how they look, but also on the technology with which they are incorporated. Certain types of heated power mirrors, for instance, may have six or more wire connectors needing a specific mirror mount that can accommodate them all. Logically, the particular mirror that you currently have would best attach to your vehicle when given the suitable mirror mount, and not just any typical manual mirror mount.
Choose if it's for replacement or as auxiliary
Are you using the new mirror mounts simply as replacements or for adding auxiliary mirrors? If it is likely that you would forget the details of the car mirrors that you need the replacement mirror mounts for, you can always take the original part to serve as basis. But if what you want is a secondary angle or a way to eliminate blind spots with the aid of auxiliary side view mirrors, you may no longer need mirror mounts. Auxiliary mirrors usually come with brackets that are screwed to the existing housing of the mirror in order to securely attach to the primary side view mirrors.
Visualize effect on overall look
There are owners who want to keep the original look of their vehicles, so they choose replacements with exactly the same color, design, and finish. When they can no longer find OE parts, they settle with the ones that will have very minimal or no change on their cars' overall appearance, such as the PTM or Paint to Match mirrors. They come primed, and ready to be painted with the color matching your unit. But if you are the kind who wants a stand-out look, you may opt for swing lock type that usually offers the eye-catchy stainless steel metal bar.
Become familiar with the mounting provisions
Mirrors vary from less complicated conventional designs to special and sensitive types, such as the rearview mirrors with navigation and camera inputs. The latter require extra care because the high voltage that they use may cause electric shock. You cannot simply make modifications, not even be a little careless about handling. On the other hand, some rearview mirrors have metal mounting buttons that are simply glued to the windshield, so handling is not much of an issue.
By providing the basic details of your vehicle, replacement auto parts dealers can help you find the right mirror mount for your vehicle.