Someone in Vancouver’s Fairview neighbourhood is probably quite proud of themselves and justifiably so—way to to cobble together a working driver side mirror, MacGyver!
Maybe side mirrors are expensive—they probably are—but I really don’t think this has anything to do with a lack of money.
More likely there’s a waiting list for getting the part same as there is with hip-replacement surgery. Someone’s just decided not to wait.
They put on their “Miss Fixit” hat on and got ’er done.