Are spiders making webs across your side mirrors? Have you done just about everything you can to gas them out, smoke them out, and spray them out and they still somehow survive and spin ugly webs across your side rear view? Sick of cleaning the webs away? Well we have just the solution! Just follow these easy steps.
Step 1: If you see the spider, try to hit it as hard as you can. Depending on your accuracy, your mirror may end up looking like this:
At this point it may be difficult to determine whether the spider corpse is among the wreckage, but that’s alright, because now you have an opportunity: The mirror is no longer acceptable for use and will need to be removed, and, need I add, its tenant will go with it! Sneaky I know. If only certain neighbours could be removed as easily.
Step 2: You’ll still need a side mirror by law, so you’ll have to set about getting a suitable replacement. One of these would be quite easy to get hold of, dirt cheap and super easy to bolt on, but you need to bear in mind the word suitable.
You might want to check your local car dealer and see how much the one-for-one replacement will cost new. It could potentially be reasonable. In our case, it was anything but. A quick call to the Volvo dealer revealed the following replacement cost:
New housing $1,200
New motor $800 (we could actually salvage the motor it was still working)
New mirror $600
We didn’t really think the spider was worth quite that much, so I got on the phone to every wrecker in town I could find and asked whether they had a nice side mirror off an XC90 that had wrecked more along the left side, or more to the rear, you know, leaving the right side mirror intact and in good nick. Despite my best efforts the story was the same everywhere and I mean everywhere. I even called to Melbourne and Canberra, thinking I might be able to swing a trip out that way. Sadly, I couldn’t and wouldn’t get one for love or money. Even the dealerships had standing orders for ‘em (which I thought was quite interesting, they must have a buffing machine out back – just a quick brush up and it looks and costs like new!).
I looked online as well. Truth be told the online distribution here is nothing compared to what I was used to in the States. There simply aren’t that many websites, and I’m guessing there just aren’t enough people who would use ’em and make ’em a profitable venture.
Thankfully I wasn’t limited to the local market. Thankfully, UPS, FedEx, and all those little postal companies send stuff globally. Thankfully, there is an online marketplace with enough critical mass to be a true go-to website for all things buying and selling and you know what that website is: eBay!! A quick gander at eBay revealed a RH side mirror complete for $300. It was about another $100 to get it here, but the math wasn’t that difficult. Even a 2nd grader, maybe a 1st grader could tell you that $400 is a LOT less than $2,850.
Check it out!
Now that the gear is in your hot little hands, it’s time to make the swap. Spider’s abode for a non-abode. To be covered in my next post: Spider Part 2.