Medina Glass Company can quickly replace the glass in your vehicle's outside mirrors for a very minimal cost. We carry a large stock of vehicle mirrors and if we don't have yours in stock we can order it and have it in a day or two. Just call or stop by and one of our professional autoglass installers will assist you.
Automotive Mirror 101
Automotive mirrors are first surface glass. This is essentially a one-way mirror. This type of mirror is used so that headlight glare from behind the vehicle can be absorbed through the mirror and into the mirror housing. This allows the driver to see reflections from activity on the sides and behind the vehicle without becoming impaired by bright headlight reflections. Since the 1970's, passenger side mirrors have been convex with the standard "objects are closer"...statement sandblasted or lasered at its base. A convex mirror is used to increase the field of vision to the rear of the vehicle.
Although some consumers find this distorted reflection difficult to use, it does increase consumer safety and helps achieve certain federal safety standards.
A automotive mirror must be replaced with a product that meets these standards. If there was a convex part on the vehicle originally, it should be replaced with a convex part etched with the proper "objects appear..." statement. Standard household mirrors should not be used in automotive mirror applications.