Memorial Day Weekend Sale at Advance Auto Parts

Memorial Day Weekend Sale – Save 15% Sitewide At Advance Auto Parts. Shop Online 5/29 – 5/31 And Use Code H415 At Checkout.

They have a limited number of windshield wiper blades compared to Amazon, but they do carry most major brands, so if you’re lucky enough you’ll find one that fits your car with a nice 15% rebate.

They also have a part finder so you’re shown only products that fit you car.

How to make sure your new wiper blades fits your vehicle – before breaking the wiper arm in frustration

I think we’ve all tried it; gotten ourselves a pair of brand new windshield wiper blades only to find out that they don’t fit our car *after* breaking the packaging.

I did that with my previous car – a Suzuki Liana (aka Aeiro).

The rear wiper blade had started to show signs of wear and left streaks on my rear window, so I went out to get a new blade.

There’s an auto accessory shop nearby, so I made a quick stop there to buy myself a replacement blade.

On the stand with the windshield wiper blades they had blades from Bosch and Valeo, so I looked through the size charts to see if I could find a good match.

I didn’t find anything for my Suzuki, so I went to the counter for some assistance.

They looked and looked and looked some more in their computer system and ended up selling me a Valeo blade that would ”definitely fit your car Sir”.

Later that day when I was going to replace the blade I was in for a big surprise – the blade they guaranteed me would fit my car didn’t fit at all.

So, back to the store to get my money back – and still with a worn rear wiper blade smearing my rear window.

Have you been in that kind of situation while getting new blades for your car? – frustrating isn’t it?

Well, if you follow this guide you’ll definitely reduce the risk of anguish considerably.

  1. Use the Amazon Part Finder first

    The database behind the Amazon Part Finder is huge and covers all major windshield wiper brands and possibly all car makes and models.

    Starting your search for new blades there will give you a broad selection of blades to choose from.

  2. Read the reviews on Amazon for the blades that matches your car.

    If you want to be thorough then read the reviews for all the different sizes of the blade you’re planning to purchase. This is especially true if the size you need is either really short or really long as these tend to have fewer reviews compared to “normal” sized blades.

    Disregard the 5-Star reviews where the stars are given exclusively for “speed of delivery” – and ignore the 0-Star reviews where “doesn’t fit my Audi A4” is given as reason and you check and find out that the blade isn’t even listed as fitting an Audi A4.

  3. Double-check the size in the size charts on the manufacturers website.

    There’s always the possibility of errors occurring in the Amazon database, so checking again can save you from getting the wrong blade.

$15 rebate on Trico windshield wiper blades until May 15

The discounts for Bosch and Anco windshield wipers are over, but luckily the ball is in Trico’s court now.

Until May 15 they are running “It’s Raining Rebates” mail-in rebates on select products.

$15 rebate on Anco Contour, AeroVantage and 31-Series wiper blades

Anco is following in the footsteps of Bosch who recently had a $15 mail-in rebate on their Icon wiper blades.

Anco is offering a $15 rebate on their Contour wiper blade (Bracketless) and a $5 saving on both AeroVantage and their 31-Series wiper blades (both Steel Frame blades).

Offer lasts until March 31, 2010.

Rain repellent comparison

I’ve just posted a guide to windshield glass treatment solutions featuring 2 mainstream products, 1 high end product that you’ll need to find a licensed reseller to get as well as a bunch of products that other people have tried, but that I’ve been unable to find enough information about.

Aquapel Glass Treatment came out the winner, followed by Rain-X Original Treatment

You can find both Aquapel and Rain-X at Amazon.

Amazon Part Finder guide added

I just wrote this guide on how to use the Amazon Part Finder to narrow down the selection of windshield wiper blades to just the blades that fit *your* car.

Lot’s of windshield wiper manufacturers have similar parts tools, but they only cover their own products.

Then there are other online wiper blade or car part shops that cover multiple manufacturers, but just the products in their own shop.

And finally there are other online car parts portals that does what Amazon does – covers multiple manufacturers and links to multiple vendors.

The guide I wrote only covers how the Amazon Part Finder works, but I’ll gladly make guides to using other part finder tools if the interest is high enough.

I just wrote this guide on how to use the Amazon Part Finder to narrow down the selection of windshield wiper blades to just the blades that fit *your* car.

Lot’s of windshield wiper manufacturers have similar parts tools, but they only cover their own products.

Then there are other online wiper blade or car part shops that cover multiple manufacturers, but just the products in their own shop.

And finally there are other online car parts portals that does what Amazon does – covers multiple manufacturers and links to multiple vendors.

The guide I wrote only covers how the Amazon part finder works, but I’ll gladly make guides to using other part finder tools if the interest is high enough.

To all the jeff618’s out there – bugger off

A few days ago somebody calling themselves JJJ posted a comment on this site about some relatively new Trico blades that he had tried and found really beefy.

Initially I approved the comment, but I have since removed it and blocked the IP address it came from.

The thing is, that this guy talks casually about a product that only one website that I’ve located so far sells wipers123.com …and when you dig a little into who owns his mail domain johnsonrock.com and the domain that sells the blade he is referring to then they turn out to be the same.

So, what harm can a relatively on-topic comment do?

Well, it turns out that I’m not the only site where Jeffrey likes to post almost identical posts about these special wiper blades.

For fun just search for beefy wiper blade

On the other forums, and he’s registered on a gazillion of them, he promotes his own site, without ever mentioning it directly.

Try searching for jeff618 or “New, Newbie, NOOB” and you’ll find him on 10.000 to 15.000 forums.

Initially I was going to link to the site where I found the blades he talked about, but after finding out he’s a big time forum and blog spammer I’ve decided to never link to his site.

So, Jeffrey, and all other spammers out there, please bugger off and stay away.