Shopping for a New Kia Mirror: What to Consider
When driving, you need to get a quick, clear view of the periphery and even the rear. To cover these blind spots, your Kia is equipped with mirrors that you can check when turning and changing lanes and to make sure that it's safe to back up. If one of the mirrors is broken, it's like losing one of your senses when driving. You can't easily overtake or won't be able to see if there's an oncoming vehicle from the sides or from behind. This can lead to accidents. If you're on the market for a new mirror, check out this quick, short guide:
Interior rear-view mirror
- Check out the various sizes and shapes for the interior rear-view mirror. Standard selections include the 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch mirrors. There are also wider mirrors, which run up to 17 inches or more. You can simply go for the same size as the old factory mirror or switch to a wider mirror if you're more comfortable with it, as long as this can be mounted or clipped onto the vehicle with no trouble. For the shapes, you'll find mirrors with sharper corners and ones in oval shapes. The shapes don't necessarily affect viewing; these are mostly for styling and customization.
- Consider the special features.You can go for the standard mirror or look for one with special features such as anti-glare and auto dimming. Mirrors with an anti-glare feature may come in a wedge-like shape or may be designed with a glass surface that isn't exactly parallel to the mirror at the back. Mirrors with automatic dimming are equipped with a forward-facing sensor to trace low ambient light from the rear. Depending on the brightness or level of the glare, the mirror will darken. When the glare is reduced, the dimmed mirror will go back to being clear.
- Take a look around for available attachments and enhancements.Rear-view mirrors can be connected to video cameras placed at the back of the vehicle. A video display on the mirror helps monitor rear traffic, aids with parallel parking, and shows anything that can be hit from behind. For these products, you have to consider the viewing angle, focal, length, and available accessories. Other enhancements that can be used for the rear-view mirror include the compass, map lights, GPS directional devices, and temperature indicator. Attachments can also be used to get a better view of the back seat, which is helpful when children are on board. Smaller mirrors can also be attached on the dashboard for added coverage on blind spots.
- Think about the mounting style or installation.Some rear-view mirrors are attached to the windshield; others are mounted on the dashboard or interior roof. Choose the mounting style that best works for the vehicle.
- Know which type of side-view mirrors you need for your vehicle.Generally, there are two types of side-view mirrors you have to choose from: the power mirrors and the manual type. Electric-powered mirrors come with a wide variety features and functions such as built-in turn signals, auto-dimming properties, and integrated puddle lights. These side-view mirrors can be folded inward with a push of a button. They may also have a memory function for setting the position of the mirrors or have a heating element for defrosting or defogging. Power mirrors are easy to use and more convenient, but manual mirrors can be more reliable since they don't rely on power to work. Their design is simply but functional.
- Familiarize yourself with the different types of side-view mirror glass.Flat glass is common in many side-view mirrors. While curved glass offers wider viewing angle, this convex glass can make objects seem farther away than they are. Tinted glass, meanwhile, comes in various colors such as gray and blue.
- See all the other options.For vehicles used for towing, telescopic or towing side-view mirrors can come handy. These provide better coverage by extending the mirror out away from the vehicle. Painted and textured mirrors are also available.