I’d already had a bad day when I arrived home to see the driver’s side wing mirror hanging forlornly from the door of my car. I’ve had it nearly ten years, I still enjoy driving it, it’s distinctive, it’s a lovely car if a tad rough (rusty) around the edges. It’s mine and for someone to physically assault it like this enraged me.
It’s not the first time either, last time though the mirror was saved by its spring-loaded safety mechanism that absorbs the impact and lets you just clip it back. This time though there was no clipping back and no spring because whoever had hit it this time had done so with enough force to snap the bracket that held the spring. This time the mirror was dead.
I removed panels, removed the dangling mirror so that the vandals couldn’t have a further kick at it and potentially smash the window with it, unthreaded its control cables so I could fit the parts that attached to the door back, to weather seal the door if nothing else. Legally I can’t drive it until it has another mirror. Searches on-line initially showed replacements in the region of £150 (requiring a £300 outlay as they were a newer design) and I thought of again trampling round scrapyards for parts, not relishing that I again turned to Ebay and Amazon and found replacement units for about £30.
So I can fix her, sorry, it. But I shouldn’t have to, why have I got to spend £30 to repair the results of someone (adult or youth) thinking it’s a good game, clever, fun, big or macho to smash the wing mirror of an old car. Or kick a wall down, smash a window, pull over a lamp-post…
I can’t begin to imagine how impressed this person’s friends must have been at his (or her) skill at beating up a purple Rover 200. The next Chuck Norris must live in Newark, clearly.