Unlike many auto repairs, replacing your side mirror is something you can easily do at home. You don't need a lift or specialized tools. While doing it yourself usually costs less than hiring a professional, it isn’t always the case when it comes to replacing a side mirror. This project doesn’t come with a set price because there are several factors involved. The main costs are the replacement mirror and labor.
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This article will help you put together a cost estimate for replacing your Toyota’s side mirror. Then you can determine whether to hire a professional or do it yourself.
The Cost Of An OEM Replacement Mirror
First, find out how much your vehicle's OEM replacement mirror will cost. Some side mirrors will cost less than others because the assembly is less complex. To get an idea of the price range, check out a few best-selling Toyota side mirrors:
- 2007-2018 Tundra (Part No. 87910-0C221 or 87940-0C221)
- 2016-2017 Tacoma (Part No. 87910-04240)
- 1995-1997 Land Cruiser (Part No. 87940-60130-08)
- 2012 RAV4 (Part No. 87908-0R010)
- 2007-2011 Camry (Part No. 87940-33630-B1)
The prices for the mirrors listed above vary from $115 to almost $300. Finding out the cost of your side mirror replacement is easy. Just do a search on your vehicle's year and model here.
Should A Body Shop Or Dealership Replace Your Side Mirror?
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Depending on the complexity of the repair process, it can take one to two hours for an experienced technician to replace the mirror. Sometimes the interior door panel has to be removed, and sometimes it does not. This causes a little variation in repair time. Also, keep in mind that most dealers mark up the prices of their parts.
The average body shop/dealership labor charge is about $100/hour. The average parts markup is about 30%. Using those figures, you’ll be able to calculate the approximate cost to have a body shop or dealer replace your side mirror with this formula:
(Replacement mirror cost +30%) + ($100 to $200)
Replacing Your Side Mirror At Home
Going the DIY route almost always costs less. Unless your time is worth more than $100/per hour, you’ll save money on labor. You also won’t have to pay a marked-up price on an OEM replacement mirror if you order from an authorized online reseller.
It will probably take you longer to do the job than it would a dealer technician. We recommend overestimating the amount of time it would take for you to complete the project. If you’re a beginner, two to three hours would be a good estimation. If you have some experience in repairing autos, we’d knock that estimation down to one to two hours.
This formula should help you reach an accurate cost estimation of replacing the side mirror yourself:
(Replacement mirror cost) + (value of your time x 1 to 3 hours)
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about replacing your Toyota’s side mirror.