Finding the Right Buick Mirror
- Some Buicks are equipped with fully manual mirrors, wherein the glass piece is adjusted from the outside by hand.
- On more recent models, mirrors can be remotely adjusted to various angles and positions through a toggle switch inside the vehicle.
- The Buick mirror replacement should have the same mounting system as the original parts, so it can be wired and bolted easily.
- You also have to check if your Buick came with fold-away exterior mirrors or non-folding mirrors.
Stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that a good number of road accidents in the US are blind spot-related. These accidents lead to serious injuries and even fatalities. These mishaps can be avoided if motorists will adjust their mirrors properly to eliminate and reduce the blind spots and if they will use the mirrors to check the side and rear traffic. If your Buick mirror is damaged in any way or needs to be replaced for whatever reason, better do it quickly, so you can get back on the road safely.
Things to Consider When Getting a Buick Mirror Replacement
Buick mirrors are not a one-size-fits-all. With major improvements and variations in mirror designs and safety features through the years, there is a wider selection for you to consider when it comes to mirror replacements. Here are some things to consider when searching for side-view mirrors for your Buick:
What do you need to fix on your Buick’s side mirror?
You can replace just the glass piece on the side view mirror of your Buick if the glass is faded or cracked. You can also fix the mirror by rewiring it in case it hangs loosely or by fastening it in case it lost one of its screws.
But if the damage goes beyond the glass piece and extends to the mirror base, the mounting points, and other Buick mirror parts, then you have to replace the entire mirror assembly. At this point, you have to consider if you will be replacing both mirrors or will be fixing just the broken side. If the housing is filled with scratches or the cover and base have a tarnished finish, you should probably replace the old mirror assembly.
What kind of mirror system does your Buick use?
Vehicles that are already considered a classic are equipped with fully manual mirrors, wherein the glass piece is adjusted from the outside by hand. On more recent models, mirrors can be remotely adjusted to various angles and positions through a toggle switch inside the vehicle. These mechanical mirrors are connected to a cable. Meanwhile, power mirrors are electronically operated through geared motors. These come with more advanced built-in features.
How are the side mirrors mounted and folded on your Buick?
The mirror replacement should have the same mounting system as the original parts, so they can be wired and bolted easily. You also have to check if your Buick came with fold-away exterior mirrors or non-folding mirrors.
Some vehicles are equipped with mirrors that automatically fold once the transmission is in park and unfold when the vehicle is unlocked. This feature can be switched on or off. Once you have figured these out, you can now make a checklist of the built-in mirror features.
What kind of features does your Buick mirror have?
As you shop for side mirrors, you will find a list of options that you need to check. These include the built-in puddle lights and turn signals. Your Buick’s power mirrors may feature blind spot detection, memory settings, and/or auto-dimming. They may also use heated glass.
For the color and finish, Buick mirrors are available in chrome, black, stainless steel, and textured finish. If you want the mirror assembly to match the color of your vehicle, make sure that the mirror replacement is labeled as “paint to match.”
When searching for Buick parts, include the year, model, and other important details about your vehicle to get all the right options (e.g., 1993 Buick Riviera mirror). Your options are not just limited to mere OE (original equipment) replacements. Custom mirrors, which come in different shapes, mirror housings, and designs, are available as a plug and play for your Buick.