Year-End deals at Amazon

Amazon have a bunch of Year-End deals lined up for us in Automotive, Motorcycle and ATV.

That link is to a very broad category of automotve deals, but you can narrow it down to only cover rebates on windshield wiper blades.
P.S. I’m done collecting customer ratings from the 173 available Anco blades at Amazon – unfortunately not many people have left reviews on the Anco blades – there’s sadly only 101 reviews in total which isn’t ideal.

Merry xmas

Wonder if Santa needs wiper blades on his sleigh?

Anyway, the year is coming to an end and it’s time to look ahead at some of the things to come.

First thing to hit the site in the new year is a massive comparison of consumer reviews of a lot of different windshield wipers from lots of different manufacturers. I’m all done with the Rain-X blades, but there’s still plenty of blades to review and compare.

Next thing is a guide to hybrid blades. Hybrid blades is the mix between a traditional steel-frame blade and a bracketless beam blade.

Third and forth will be a walkthrough of Heavy Duty (HD) blades and colored blades so you know what’s available should you own a truck, a bus or a tricked out custom street car.

In between these 4 major things I’ll make sure to keep an eye out for discounts and rebates as they become available from the different wiper blade producers.

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Winterize Your Vehicle

Looking to treat your car nice in the cold season (besides giving it a new set of winter wiper blades)?

Then head over to Amazon who have put together an entire section of their site dedicated to “winterizing your vehicle” as they call it.

My eyes caught these products who stood out:

Amazon snow chain bestsellers

Security Chain Company Radial Chain Cable Traction Tire Chain – Set of 2

Amazon jump starter bestsellers

Stanley J5C09 500 Amp Jump Starter with Compressor

Amazon engine heater bestsellers

Kat’s 1153 Handi-Heat 200 Watt Magnetic Heater

New guide: Winter windshield wiper blades

I just finished the first part of a new guide – a guide that will allow you to get an overview of the different winter windshield wiper blades that are available as well as having the customer reviews from Amazon gathered in one place.

This first version only covers Rain-X and Trico, because it’s hard work to gather all the data to make it available from one central page.

The final guide will also feature Anco and Bosch wipers.

New: Online Stores section added

I figured that it might be beneficial with a review or overview of some of the different places online where you can buy windshield wiper blades, so I made a new section on the site called “Online Stores”

So far I’ve added these 2 pages:

Amazon is still my number 1 choice when it comes to finding windshield wipers online because of its huge selection, but some of the other sites carry speciality makes and models that are not available on Amazon.

I have a few more online stores in mind,¬†and preparing these reviews takes time (especially the more “quirky” sites), so I’ll post them whenever I’m done with them.

New Part Finder at Amazon

Amazon just changed the way their Part Finder looks.

And you will experience it in two different ways depending on how you access Amazon.

When you go to the windshield wiper blade section on Amazon (or any automotive section with car-specific components) you’ll be met with a popup window that looks like this:

If you follow a link to a specific windshield wiper blades then you’ll be greated with a bar near the top of the screen.

The way the popup and the top bar works is identical.

Here’s a walkthrough I did for my 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Select Year – in my case it’s 2006

Select Make – in my case it’s Suzuki

Select Model – in my case it’s Grand Vitara

Hit the Go button

In my case I was on a product page with a blade that didn’t fit my car, so I got this warning message.

Just click on the Blades link.

In my case that got me to a page exclusively with wiper blades that fits my car – you can tell you’re in the right place because of this line near the top:

Here I just clicked on one of the new Rain-X Repel blades and got this neat green checkmark above the product image that confirmed that this blade does indeed fit my car.

So, there you have it, the new Amazon Part Finder.

New blade: Rain-X Repel – windshield wiper blade with built-in water repellant

Rain-X just put their new Rain-X Repel wiper blade on the market.

Judging from the zoomable images on Amazon it looks exactly like the Rain-X Latitude blades, but with a new feature added.

What Rain-X have done is apply their Rain-X Water-Beading treatment to the blade itself, so your windshield gets a water repellent coating.

In effect it’s just like the PIAA Silicone coated blades that adds a tiny layer of Silicone to your windshield with each wipe.

This blade is so new that there is only 1 review on Amazon, but if you like the Latitude blades then this blade might be a worthy successor.

There’s a demo video on Amazon showing the effect of the Rain-X Repel blade that you might want to have a look at.

The video shows an untreated windshield, then a windshield with mounted Rain-X Repel blades in the rain, then the video shows how to apply an activation wipe and how to install the blade – and finally there’s a mud demonstration with an untreated windshield followed by a Rain-X Repel‘ified windshield.