One of the biggest problems that people have when searching for used auto parts for late model vehicles are cosmetic. This includes things like bumpers, side panels, hoods, rims, and more. Recently, there has been a huge upswing in the purchase of late models side mirrors and rear view mirrors online. Nothing will throw of the look of your late model car like one original mirror and one random mirror.
If you are hunting for a late model mirror, the task can seem overwhelming. Obviously they are no longer being manufactured, so it really comes down to getting lucky. You can run around town going from salvage yard to salvage yard trying to find what you need, but what are the odds that they have a right side mirror for a 1987 Mustang? Pretty slim.
More than likely, at least one used car parts shop or salvage yard will offer to find one for you and have it shipped in. However, there are several problems that could arise. The first is that they simply don't find the part. So after waiting for a few weeks, they call and say that you are on your own. The next problem is all of the additional fees that you will likely be charged, including a finder’s fee, shipping fee, and whatever they are going to charge you for the mirror. Another problem is that they are not going to shop around and find the best price, they are just going to find one, order it, and stick you with the bill.
A much better option is to go online and find it yourself. There are a number of benefits that you will get by taking advantage of the internet to find your late model mirrors. The first advantage is that it is much easier. You can search through a variety of sites, find out who has the exact the part you are looking for, compare prices, take advantage of whatever online coupons are available, and get it shipped directly to your doorstep. This saves a lot of time and effort over running around town or calling every salvage yard in the area.
Keep in mind that most salvage yard networks are online as well. That means that you will be looking through the same inventory that your used car parts shop would use. The difference is that you aren't going to be paying additional fees or expenses. This could end up saving you hundreds of dollars in the end.
No one ever thinks about the little things that make their car look good until something breaks. This is especially true for late model side mirrors and rear view mirrors. Fortunately, it is not only easy to find used car parts online, no matter how obscure they are, but they are normally going to be more inexpensive as well. It doesn't matter if you need a driver side power door mirror for your 1990 Mustang Coupe or a passenger side mirror for your 1984 Pontiac Sunbird, you will be able to find it online.