Ask This When Shopping for Replacement Wiper Blades

The trailing squeak of a windshield wiper blade is offensive to the ears, but it is also an audible sign of a potentially dangerous situation - a worn out windshield wiper blade. A wiper blade on its final legs may work fine during a light rain or for flicking a bug off of the windshield, but they can fail during a heavy rain storm when visibility is already at a minimum. While the bad blade moves, it will smear water across the windshield, creating a massive glare when headlights approach and street lights pass. With both rain and glare, seeing the road becomes impossible. To stay safe, consider replacing windshield wiper blades when they show the first sign of wear. Many stores carry replacement blades, so review the options available before making a final purchasing decision.

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What is the best wiper blade for my car?

The best wiper blade for a vehicle varies based on location. A beam-style wiper like the Bosch Icon Wiper Blade at $23.99 at Auto Zone is good for low-rain, warm-weather climates where a longer useful life can be appreciated. The Trico Ice Winter Premium Wiper Blade for $16.99 at Advance is perfect for blocking snow and ice in cold climates while the Scrubbable Frame Wiper Blade for $9.94 at Wal-Mart is the best bargain option. 

Are windshield wipers interchangeable?

Windshield wipers aren't unique to each individual vehicle model, but there are a variety of standard sizes. Reference a parts manual or visit an auto supply store to find the proper size for both the driver and passenger's side. For example, the 2015 Chevy Cruze would need one 24-inch blade like the Rain-X Latitude Water Repellency Beam Wiper at $17.99 and an 18-inch blade in the same line.

What are some windshield wiper brands and price ranges?

Rain-X is a common higher end brand with prices from $17.99 for the Latitude Water Repellency Beam Wiper to $31.99 for a Silicon AdvantEdge Premium Blade with a longer useful life. Trico is a solid bargain brand at Advance Auto Parts with a retail price ranging from $11.99 for the Standard Conventional Wiper to $19.99 for the Onyx Premium Wiper Blade. 

Where are the best places to shop for windshield wipers?

Walmart features a wide selection of wiper blades including premium options like Rain-X and mid-range bargains like the ACDelco Advantage All-Season Metal Windshield Wiper Blade for $6.23 to $8.19. Auto parts stores like Advance, Auto Zone and O'Reilly Auto Parts also offer a full range of blades online and in store. 

Do I need to replace both blades at the same time?

Yes. It is best to replace both wiper blades at the same time even if one seems functional. The materials used to form a wiper blade often breakdown with or without regular use, making wipers a good item to replace on a set schedule a problem starts.

Can I save more on wipers by using promotional codes?

Auto supply stores are the best option for using a coupon code to save money. Advance Auto Parts, Auto Zone and O'Reilly frequently offer coupon codes for a set dollar amount off of an order. Consider ordering wipers along with other routine purchases like oil, windshield washer fluid and cleaning supplies to save.

Can I return windshield wipers?

All auto stores and Walmart will accept returns or exchanges for defective or broken parts. Stores will also accept returns of any new wiper blades in their original packaging. For items purchased in error, returns are not a guarantee. Most auto stores expect buyers to customize purchases accurately by using make and model details. 

Will an auto store change my blades?

Advance Auto Parts, Auto Zone and O'Reilly all install wiper blades for free when the blades are purchased in store. For a $6 charge including a base wiper blade, Walmart's maintenance department also installs wipers, but the store will not install wipers purchased off-site.

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