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London

London, the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, is a bustling metropolis known for its diverse culture and thriving economy. With a population of over 9 million people, it is the most populous city in the country.

When it comes to car ownership in London, the data reveals some interesting insights. Topping the list as the most popular car in the city is the Volkswagen Golf, a favorite among Londoners. Following closely behind are the Ford Fiesta, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes A-Class, and the Audi A3.

In addition to the aforementioned information, it is worth noting that Londoners have a preference for compact and fuel-efficient cars due to the city's congested roads and high fuel prices. This aligns with the city's commitment to reducing emissions and promoting sustainable transportation options.

Vehicle numbers in London

London boasts a significant number of licensed vehicles, with approximately 2.7 million cars registered in the city. This high number reflects the city's reliance on private transportation and the need for efficient and reliable car maintenance services.

Postcodes and suburbs in London

London is divided into several postcodes and suburbs, each with its own unique characteristics. Some of the notable areas include E1 (Whitechapel, Stepney, and Mile End), NW1 (Camden Town, Regent's Park, and Primrose Hill), SW1 (Westminster, Belgravia, and Pimlico), and SE1 (Southwark, Bermondsey, and Waterloo). These diverse neighborhoods contribute to the rich automotive landscape of London.

As a car maintenance platform catering to the needs of London residents, we understand the importance of providing top-notch services to keep their beloved vehicles in optimal condition. Whether it's routine maintenance, MOT testing, or repairs, our platform connects car owners with trusted professionals who are well-versed in the specific requirements of London's automotive landscape.

What does a wing mirror do?

Wing mirrors are one of the most vital safety features on your car. Although they may not seem that important, your wing mirrors keep you aware of vehicles, people and other obstacles around your car.

In fact, wing mirrors are so vital that according to UK law, all cars must have at least two mirrors that offer an adequate view of the rear of the car, one of which must be the driver’s side wing mirror. So if you’re unlucky enough to damage or lose a wing mirror it’s important that you get it repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Wing mirrors are generally straight-forward to mend. In some cases, if a wing mirror has been completely knocked off or damaged beyond repair, a new wing mirror may need to be fitted.

Electric wing mirrors can cause more complex issues and can be more complicated to replace. They have various electrical components that can fail and will need to be rewired if you require a replacement wing mirror. As with any other safety component in your car, you should ensure that both your wing mirrors remain in good condition and intact at all times.

How often should a wing mirror need replacing?

Over time, components in the wing mirror might seize, the mirror may shatter or the wing mirror may fall off in an accident. As soon as a wing mirror breaks, particularly if it’s on the driver’s side, it’s important to have it inspected and repaired quickly. Wing mirrors are an important safety feature so should be kept in good condition at all times. Remember, whenever you’re on the roads you must have at least two functioning mirrors that offer an adequate view of the rear of the car.

The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT

Having working wing mirrors is a legal requirement on the roads in Britain. Failing to ensure all your wing mirrors are intact puts you at risk of being pulled over by the police, receiving a hefty fine and adding 3 points to your license.

Missing or damaged wing mirrors create huge blind spots, making it much harder to keep up with what’s happening behind you, and potential hazards approaching you from the back. Replacing broken or missing wing mirrors quickly will save you being fined and will keep you safe on the road.

What happens when we do a wing mirror repair on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the damaged wing mirror by removing the casing or panels.

  • Test the electrical systems, if the wing mirror is electric.

  • If necessary, they will replace the mirror unit, the mirror glass or both. If there is a fault in the electrics they may fit a completely new wing mirror.

  • Test if the mirror moves properly and ensure it provides a view of the car’s rear.

What causes a wing mirror to break?

There are many ways you might end up with a broken wing mirror. You may be parked on a busy and another car knocks it off, you might accidentally knock your wing mirror on a wall or lamppost (it happens to the best of us!). Over time, components in the wing mirror might seize, meaning the wing mirror can no longer move.

As soon as a wing mirror breaks, particularly if it’s on the driver’s side, it’s important to have it inspected and repaired quickly. Wing mirrors are an important safety feature so should be kept in good condition at all times.

When should a wing mirror be replaced?

Over time, components in the wing mirror might seize, the mirror may shatter or the wing mirror may fall off in an accident. As soon as a wing mirror breaks, particularly if it’s on the driver’s side, it’s important to have it inspected and repaired quickly. Wing mirrors are an important safety feature so should be kept in good condition at all times. Remember, whenever you’re on the roads you must have at least two functioning mirrors that offer an adequate view of the rear of the car.

What happens when we do a wing mirror repair on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the damaged wing mirror by removing the casing or panels.

  • Test the electrical systems, if the wing mirror is electric.

  • If necessary, they will replace the mirror unit, the mirror glass or both. If there is a fault in the electrics they may fit a completely new wing mirror.

  • Test if the mirror moves properly and ensure it provides a view of the car’s rear.

What is the average life of a wing mirror?

There is no set lifespan of wing mirrors, and in reality they should only need to be replaced when they get damaged. Most wing mirrors are designed to snap back into place if they hit something at low speeds. However, sadly we all know it’s a common case to leave your car parked and come back to find your wing mirrors damaged. They’re the most likely things to get hit by passing traffic or bad parking offenders.

Can you drive with a broken or missing wing mirror?

According to UK law, all cars must have at least two mirrors that offer an adequate view of the rear of the car, one of which must be the driver’s side wing mirror. So if you’re unlucky enough to damage or lose a wing mirror it’s important that you get it repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

What happens if you don't replace a broken wing mirror?

Having working wing mirrors is a legal requirement on the roads in Britain. Failing to ensure all your wing mirrors are intact puts you at risk of being pulled over by the police, receiving a hefty fine and adding 3 points to your license.

Missing or damaged wing mirrors create huge blind spots, making it much harder to keep up with what’s happening behind you, and potential hazards approaching you from the back. Replacing broken or missing wing mirrors quickly will save you being fined and will keep you safe on the road.

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