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Sunday morning, got out of bed, opened curtains, glanced down at car and...."What the freak? My wing mirror isn't supposed to look like that! Why those darn Trick or Treaters!!!" . . Upon inspection, my passenger wing mirror had been kicked with such force the actual casing had snapped back, luckily with a bit of force I was able to lift and click this back in to place. I then found the mirror glass 6ft down the road resting in the gutter, totally shattered. . . With my car - and probably many cars actually - the mirror glass has a backing plate that has little fixing clips which you push into the metal holder within the casing . However, during the kickage and stompage, all these clips had been totally crushed as my initial hope was to clip this back in place and just buy new sticky-back mirror glass. . . I had to hunt down a replacement mirror complete with backing plate, and fast, as I didn't realise how much I actually used my left mirror when I drove (turns out I check my mirrors quite a lot!) so I'd be driving along, glance in the left and be faced with a black gaping void which meant I'd use the rear mirror followed by an Exorcist head-swivel each time I wanted to move back to the left lane for fear of taking out another vehicle. . . I tried Halfords but all they had was stick-on glass for £10. I then had to set to and Do A Google. Luckily on my first search I found www.wingmirrorman.co.uk and I was pleased to see that they stocked stick on glass, glass with backing plate *and* complete whole wing mirrors for my car - and all at normal prices too. Another bonus was the price on screen is the price you pay, other sites had slightly lower priced mirrors then they slapped on £7 P&P. . . My car is a Rover 214si, the mirror is manual, un-heated and here are WMM’s prices:- Glass with backing plate £17.49 Stick-on glass - £12.99 Whole wing mirror unit - £22.99 (£42.99 if they spray it to match your car colour, add extra 3 days to delivery). . They are make wing mirror covers (the back part of the wing unit), but sadly not for my car, but for a Mini you'll pay £18.99 which is probably a great deal cheaper than the Mini dealerships! . I got in touch with a proper Rover Spares dealership who took 4 days to respond to my email query - they finally quoted me £102.15 plus P&P for a whole wing mirror, manual, non-heated. I kindly informed them I wouldn’t be placing the order with them at their vastly inflated prices. . . Selection is incredibly quick. From the main website you click on the image of the part you require, you then go to another screen and click your manufacturer, you then get a page showing images of that particular make and details underneath of the model and year. Another page and you get to see the actual parts, so zero confusion over whether you have ordered the right item. It even says "Driver" and "Passenger" instead of "nearside" and "offside" which probably bamboozles some people (for those none the wiser, nearside means passenger "nearest the kerb" and offside means driver side - see, even though I’m a girl I do know some things about cars, like the big round turny thing makes it go round corners and the pull-up stick thingie stops it rolling down hills *and* if your engine goes ting-ting-ting when you drive, it means you have just 1cm of oil left in it and if you carry on driving it like that your car could go bang you silly girl . . . Ordering is very fast, it took me about 4 minutes from start to finish. You can pay by PayPal but as I have 22p in my PP account, I thought best to pay by regular credit card. At the end you get a security page by HSBC appear, asking for certain parts of your password (you can set this up at the time if this part is new to you). Once the order is through, you get a confirmation page, you can then click on another part to print off an invoice and this gives you your order number plus all the info. Handy to keep if like me, you have a file which contains all the info on the bits and pieces you've bought for your car over the years (I think it shows perspective buyers the car was cared for and not just a metal box that took you from A to B as quickly as possible). . . I got a confirmation email from WMM around 3 minutes later confirming my order. An hour later I received a further email stating my order had been despatched!, this was followed by a further email with a proper invoice attached with "PAID" stamped in red across the bottom. . . == Delivery == WMM use Royal Mail - I ordered on Wednesday and was delighted when my parcel arrived Saturday morning. . . == Fixing == The mirror comes wrapped in clear plastic, then bubble wrap and then in a sealed box so all 100% new. No instructions come with but it is very straight forward. You just have to make sure you are holding the glass smack in the centre where the fixing grips will connection with the plate in the wing body - its liable to get damaged otherwise and it’d all be your own fault. . The mirror snapped into place with a loud clunk - you really have to press quite firmly to get the angle clips to lock in - and I was away. . Just got to hope the little darlings don't come back and do it again. . . .
As I have a Rover (stop sniggering at the back) it can be quite tricky to get parts because as you know, there are no Rover dealerships anymore and the only place I know that I can get spares from is only open for a short time on Saturdays so for me, yes, a thumbs up for Wingmirrorman. . They also stock headlights, window regulators and various spares although for these you need to fill in a mini query form. . If you need a replacement wingmirror and shudder at the cost of dealership prices, check out www.wingmirrorman.co.uk and you will be pleasantly surprised. . . . www.wingmirrorman.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone 0161 763 0800
Definitely a site worth bookmarking, thanks for sharing (and even though I probably should, I won't snigger at you having a Rover)! x
RICHADA 17.01.2010 20:17
No sniggering here.....although you are going to find it increasingly hard to source spares for your Rover. This however is a highly useful review / site for anyone in the same mirrorless position. Richard. xxx