Do you have a side mirror that needs replacing? Are you looking for ways to save money? If so, you came to the right place.
Like many car parts (including door handles), side mirrors can be replaced at home. You don't need a lift or any fancy specialized tools to replace a side mirror. As long as you have basic tools and a good tutorial to follow, it's easy to do this task at home.
Are you wondering how much a Subaru side mirror replacement would cost? Read on to find out!
How Much Money Would You Save By Doing It Yourself?
Image Credit: ajdabomb1214
Dealerships charge about $100 or more per hour for labor. An experienced technician takes about 1 hour to replace a side mirror assembly. That means you would be paying a good chunk of change for labor alone. Replacing a side mirror is something you could do at home. If you ask us, there's no point in paying for labor.
Your time is worth something, though. It's up to you to decide what your time is worth. You wouldn't be paying any labor costs by doing it yourself. Yet, you would be spending time on this job. So if you want, factor in the value of your time. If you value your time less than $100/hour, then you'll save money by doing it yourself. If you value your time more than that, then it may be more cost effective to have a shop take care of the job.
How Much Does A DIY Side Mirror Replacement Cost?
We wish we could give you a number, but it's not that simple. There are several factors that go into the cost of a Subaru side mirror replacement:
- Cost of the replacement unit
- The value of your time
- Any extra work required
Let's discuss each factor in more detail.
The Cost Of The Replacement Unit
There are two ways to repair your side mirror:
- Replace the side mirror cover
- Replace the entire assembly
You would need to buy either a replacement side mirror cover or assembly. Many car owners are tempted to buy aftermarket replacement units. Aftermarket parts are usually cheaper than OEM parts. Yet, they don't offer as much value. That's why we never recommend installing aftermarket parts on your Subaru.
There are many different kinds of side mirror assemblies to consider. Basic, manual assemblies are the cheapest option. Fancy electric assemblies that come with all the bells and whistles are the most expensive option. Depending on your Subaru model, you can get a basic assembly, a top-of-the-line assembly, or something in between. Some assemblies come with a select set of features. So you may save some money on an assembly that offers only the features you want instead of having to splurge for one that has everything.
If you're looking to keep costs down, we have good news. You can get OEM parts at wholesale pricing! Skip your local dealership and order OEM parts online. We're an authorized seller of genuine OEM parts. Our overhead costs are low, so we're able to offer wholesale pricing. You'll save about 30% by shopping with us. Check out our catalog of side mirror parts to see what we have for your Subaru model. If you need any help finding the right part number, feel free to get in touch with us.
The Value Of Your Time
Believe it or not, but replacing the entire assembly is easier than replacing the cover. Replacement side mirror assemblies cost more than replacement covers. Yet, it takes less time to replace an assembly than it does to replace a cover. When you factor in the value of your time, an assembly replacement may end up being the cheaper option.
So why does it take more time to replace a side mirror cover? This brings us to the next factor:
Any Extra Work Required
Replacing the side mirror cover seems like the cheaper option. Yet, that's not always the case. Most OEM Subaru side mirror covers come in black. That means you would need to paint one to match the body of your car. A DIY paint job may end up being a disaster. Your best bet would be to pay a body shop a small fee to paint it for you. When you add up the costs, you may find that replacing only the cover costs are similar to the costs of replacing the entire assembly.