Which raises a question: when?
Not having a wingmirror
- gives you a tactical advantage in negotations with oncoming traffic when that oncoming vehicle still retains theirs.
- lets you drive through monty at least 3 mph faster.
- stops you having to worry about cars driving past when you are parked in those same montpelier streets.
- ensures that you aren't elegible to pay the tax a second time.
- unless the mirror is blatantly hanging off, held on only by duct tape, oncoming vehicles may not realise that you don't care about your wingmirrors; you really need to communicate your status and intent to achieve the best outcome in the negotiation over who goes first.
- being passenger side, you have to park your car on the wrong side of the road to gain immunity to the passing-car problem.
- Pulling out from parked is slightly harder. You may even now want to consider indicating.
- it's not great changing lanes on the M4
- Bicycles coming up the inside of you on a bus lane have to look out for you switching into their lane before a junction -but they had to do that anyway.
- Kills that conversation starter in the evening post "a cyclist smashed my wing mirror and cycled off -and do you think they were insured".
The only time you need a functional wingmirror is the day of the MoT.
Which raises an interesting idea for a new business: wingmirrors to rent by the day.
- Survey the streets of monty and the taxis of the city, build up some stats of vehicle brands & types in the target market. (example above; VW)
- Identify those mirrors in the market where the cost of replacement is significant: (example above; VW).
- Build up a stock of the main mirror types from some of the discount online wingmirror retailers (yes, they exist).
- Discreetly let it be known that you can rent mirrors at a rate of £5/mirror/day.
- Rent them
Yes: this could work.
The main competition is actually going to be mirror theft: you need to price your daily rate low enough that it's not worth stealing mirrors off other vehicles
Other than that though: "wingmirrors to rent" could be the new business to transform the city.
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