I had not washed the car since buying it back in September, having meant to for a long time without meaning to enough to actually do so. Lured by the easy convenience of the gas station where I stop every Thursday morning regardless of the state of the tank, at last I found no other excuses to put the thing off.
So a car wash happened.
It turns out the passenger-side mirror had been previously semidetached and subsequently pasted on. It came out wet and dangling from the wires which (still) give me the luxury of adjusting the mirrors without great effort while driving. Note to self: we are not in Minnesota where the average car wash is touch-free.
Now I’m in the market for some good strong glue.