Closer Look at Ford Mirror
With a name that goes back almost to the very beginning of automotive history, it should come as no surprise that there is a wealth of Ford aftermarket replacement parts and accessories, both stock and performance, available for your vehicle, including Ford mirror replacements. When you drive a Ford, you can take comfort in the knowledge that as your vehicle ages or as circumstances dictate the need to replace parts and accessories, you have easy, affordable access to the what you need to bring your vehicle back up to par, from something as simple as a Ford mirror to complex engine parts. And, whether you are replacing a Ford mirror or one of the more complex parts that keeps that Ford engine purring, you can rely on your Ford replacement to be every bit as reliable as the original, Ford factory installed part. A Ford mirror replacement comes with the same care and attention to detail as any other Ford part, and whether you choose a Ford racing mirror, a specialized Ford towing mirror, or one of those that feature all of the favorite mirror options of the day, such as an embedded LED turn signal, heated glass and push button adjusting without having to open the window to rain or chilly wind, you can expect to receive a Ford mirror that embodies all of the fine qualities that have always been associated with the Ford name. We are proud to feature a full selection of Ford mirror replacements in our online catalog, all at reasonable prices, and readily available to be ordered through our securely encrypted and trustworthy site or with a fast toll-free phone call to our professional customer service staff.
Buyer’s Guide for Ford Mirrors
Ford Motor Company has been in service since 1903, which would mean that it has had over one hundred years to develop its products and adjust them according to the trends of the times. This experience has allowed it to produce a number of successful car models throughout the years and up until now, Ford is a household name in the American car industry.
However, even through its numerous accolades and achievements, Ford is not impervious to the tests of time and user error. Your Ford vehicle, whether it’s an F-150, a Focus, or an Explorer, is still subject to damage from time and error. Due to this, many people look for aftermarket Ford parts in order to take care of and maintain the pristine or good running condition of their cars.
An example would be Ford mirrors, a.k.a. Ford side mirrors, Ford rearview mirrors, and other extension mirrors. While searching for a replacement for these parts, you may have stumbled upon two terms commonly used in the car industry, OEM parts and OE replacement parts. What do they mean and which should you get?
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts
The first type of parts to be mentioned are OEM parts. These are parts that are fabricated and created either by the carmaker itself or a third party manufacturer authorized by the carmaker. In this case, Ford’s OEM parts are created by the Ford Motor Company itself, so you can expect a perfect fit every time.
Original Equipment (OE) parts
This type, on the other hand, are fabricated and created by third-party manufacturers unauthorized by the carmaker. These OE replacement parts are usually at prices lower than OEM parts, and give you great bang for your buck. While it is possible to get a “bad” OE replacement Ford mirror, CarParts.com assures you that only those with proven reputations are listed, limiting your exposure to “bad” parts.
Which one should you get?
Purchasing either type of Ford mirror will have you experiencing both pros and cons. For an OEM Ford mirror, the pros are that you’re sure that it’s tailor fit for whatever Ford model you might have, it has a warranty guaranteed by the carmaker itself, and that it’s sure to perform according to how it’s designed to perform. The cons, however, are cost and availability. If you need to replace your mirror immediately or are on a tight budget, then waiting for an OEM Ford mirror might not be the right decision for you to make.
For an OE replacement mirror, the pros are that you can get it cheap while also saving money on installation as you may install these yourself. Aside from that, you get the assurance that you get it when you need it. There would be no need for you to leave your car to your dealer, as you would be able to gauge when the best time for repairs would be and when you might need it the most. The cons for OE replacement mirrors, however, are that most of them aren’t covered by any form of warranty whatsoever, and it takes a bit of research to know which brand sacrifices quality for quantity of production.
In short, if you have the time and budget, then by all means, purchase the OEM parts. However, if you feel like you don’t have the time nor the budget to spare, quality OE replacement parts will always be available to you on CarParts.com.