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.

$15 mail-in rebate on Anco windshield wiper blades

Anco is having a $15 mail-in rebate on several of the blades at the moment.

You can save $15 when you buy a pair of wipers of these 5 Anco models:

That’s at least what it says on Amazon.com – but when you go to the actual redemption form it says something different.

On there it lists the discount at $15 for Contour and Profile, $10 for AeroVantage and $5 for 31-Series and Winter.

But the Anco Rear Blades are also mentioned there for $5 (any Anco blades that starts with AR in the part number is considered a rear blade). The savings on the rear blade seems to be for a single blade and with the current price of $8.99 on Amazon then it looks as if you can get a rear blade for less than $4.

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.

August savings from Advance Auto Parts

Here’s a bunch of rebates and discounts from Advance Auto Parts that is available to us in August.

Valid from now and the rest of the month:

Only a few days left of these 2 offers:

Offer valid a week from now – but only for 3 days:

Active offer with no known end date:

Rain-X Latitude time-limited offer

I just noticed a special offer for Rain-X Latitude windshield wiper blades at Amazon.

The offer is 2 18″, 19″, 20″, 21″, 22″, 24″ & 26″ Rain-X Latitude bracketless 8-in-1 Premium Graphite Coated windshield wiper blades for just $22.

It’s a Gold Box offer which means that it’s time-limited, so if you’re shopping for some Rain-X Latitude blades (or just want to stock up for the next time you need to replace your blades) then head over to Amazon and see if the offer is still valid.

The offer is even listed as “while supplies last” so hurry up if you want to save some money. The 24″ and 26″ blades are usually priced higher than the 18″ to 22″ ones, so on those there’s more than 50% to save.