Save on Bosch Insight on Amazon

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Normally the Bosch Insigt runs at about $15 for a single blade.

Right now you can allegedly get 2 at only $22. (but I’m having a hard time figuring out how to get to the offer)

Here’s the path I followed

  • Follow this link
  • Click “Filter Results” (if your car is already added to Amazon’s Garage)
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  • Click the blade that fits your car
  • Scroll down the page to locate the section called “Special Offers and Product Promotions”
  • I thought that clicking the link that says “Here’s how” would show me how to access the offer, but it was only a popup describing the restrictions of the offer.
    • For some weird reason this link is only available on some of the sizes of blades

I gave up at this point :-(

Rain-X wipers on Amazon


How to use Amazon reviews when buying a replacement wiper blade

Using Amazon reviews when you’re looking to buy a new wiper blade is a good thing since you’ll be drawing on the experience of lots of people.

But there are a few pitfalls you want to avoid.

Reviews focused on functionality

In an ideal world a customer review would shine a light on many different aspects of the product, but with the biggest emphasis on whether the product does what it’s supposed to.

For an all-weather blade this would be something as simple as “does it fit the car as announced?”, “does it keep the windshield clean?” and “how long does the blade last?”

For speciality blades, such as winter blades for instance, it’s even more important that it does what it says on the tin – aka working well in winter conditions.

And a useful review would go into details about the specific brand, model and year of the car as well as the driving conditions under which the blade was operated.

But unfortunately not every review is built like that.

Take this 5 star review for instance: “These work excellent

I have no doubt that the reviewer likes these blades, but I have no idea how long he have used them for, under which conditions he have been using them, and on which vehicle.

And the same kind of thin reviews can be found at the other end of the spectrum.

Like in this 1 star review: “Does not wipe from day one

Again, I have no doubt that this reviewer does not like these blades, but I lack the same kind of information that the 5 star review was missing.

Reviews focused on something else than functionality

Some reviews will focus on delivery times, delays and packaging conditions.

These are all important things, but unfortunately they make it more difficult to see the “real” rating of a product.

I’ve even come across 5 star reviews because Amazon handled a refund fast.

Complaints about not fitting car properly

These can be hard to spot as you would have to spend time investigating if their claims could be true.

Take  a look at this one: “Not as advertised – A Sham

It’s clear why this reviewer is not happy with her purchase.

I took the time to add a 2010 Kia Soul to my Amazon Garage and then I went to take a look at the 11″ ANCO 30 blade that this review was for.

And this is my result:

This does not fit your: 2010 Kia Soul

ANCO 30 - this does not fit your 2010 Kia Soul

So here we have a 1-Star review for an 11″ blade despite the fact that Amazon only specifies 20″ and 24″ as fitting the driver and passenger side.

But, here’s another 1-Star review: “Not Fit Correctly

I added the 2003 Jeep Liberty to my Amazon Garage and the 11″ blade is listed as fitting the rear.

But when I check the same car on ANCO’s own blade finder, then the blade is not listed.

So in this case the review is correct, but it actually only says something about the quality of the Amazon Part Finder – not the quality of the blade itself.

Verified Purchase

Amazon reviews come in two different flavors – those labelled “Verified Purchase” and those not labelled at all.

Both of these have their own issues.

On those not labelled you have no idea where they bought their blade, so it makes it harder to trust.

It’s especially troublesome as reviews are tied to a specific length of blade.

This means that someone leaving a review, positive or negative, for a specific blade could easily leave the review for the wrong length.

Those labelled “Verified Purchase” on the other hand can give you a false sense of trust.

You instinctively believe with a verified badge, but unfortunately it says nothing about the quality of the review.

 

 

 

Best windshield wipers for winter 2015

We’re approaching the cold season here on the northern hemisphere, so a good time to look at the best windshield wipers for winter driving.

What you’re looking for is a blade that is rugged and able to work in snowy conditions without clogging up.

A traditional steel frame-based wiper consists of many moving parts that are completely exposed to the elements.

So for a winter blade you really should go for a custom / speciality winter blade.

The best windshield wipers for winter is still the  ANCO Winter Wiper Blade (model number 30-xx, where xx is the length of the blade in inches)

It’s rugged – well suited for moving snow and sleet as opposed to only water.

It’s got a thinker rubber wiping wedge than “normal” or all-season blades.

It’s got a protective cover that prevents sleet and snow from clogging up the moving parts of the blade.

Rain repellent review 2015 is up

I just posted my comparison of a bunch of windshield treatment products from 9 different companies as a follow-up to the same type of review I did 5 years ago.

  • Aquapel is still a solid product, as evidenced by the rating and the number of positive customer reviews.
  • Rain-X is a close 2nd – also with a massive number reviews
  • In 3rd place I have NanoSafeguard – not because of the number of reviews, but more because of the many different industries they produce nano-products for
  • If you just prefer to clean and protect your windshield at the same time then Stoner might have a solution for you

 

 

 

 

 

PIAA Silicone wiper blade refills

PIAA offer Silicone refills for their blades, but they don’t come a Break-to-fit like the Trico ones, so you will have to match it exactly to the length of your PIAA wiper.

PIAA 94045 Silicone Wiper Blade Refill, 18″ (Pack of 1) (Automotive)


List Price: $10.09 USD
New From: $8.07 USD In Stock
Used from: $12.80 USD In Stock

PIAA 94048 Silicone Wiper Blade Refill, 19″ (Pack of 1) (Automotive)


List Price: $13.07 USD
New From: $8.07 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

PIAA 94050 Silicone Wiper Blade Refill, 20″ (Pack of 1) (Automotive)


List Price: $10.09 USD
New From: $8.07 USD In Stock
Used from: $9.64 USD In Stock

PIAA 94053 Silicone Wiper Blade Refill, 21″ (Pack of 1) (Automotive)


List Price: $8.07 USD
New From: $8.07 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

PIAA 94055 Silicone Wiper Blade Refill, 22″ (Pack of 1) (Automotive)


List Price: $14.99 USD
New From: $8.07 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Trico Break-to-Fit refills

From Trico comes with a series of break-to-fit refills.

This means that you don’t have to find a refill that accurately matches the length of your windshield wiper.

You only have to match the width of the refill – 6mm, 7mm or 8mm.

Trico 47-600 6mm Break to Fit Narrow Refill – 16″ to 22″ (Sold as Pair) (Automotive)


List Price: $10.27 USD
New From: $5.59 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Trico 47-700 7mm Break to Fit Narrow Refill – 15″ to 22″ (Sold as Pair) (Automotive)


List Price: $18.82 USD
New From: $5.59 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Trico 47-800 8mm Break to Fit Narrow Refill – 17″ to 26″ (Sold as Pair) (Automotive)


List Price: $12.56 USD
New From: $5.59 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock