How Much Do Wiper Blades Cost?
Working windshield wiper blades are essential to safe driving. According to streakfreewiperblades.com, wiper blades should be replaced if the blade is streaky, spotty, skipping or smearing. The cause of this could be that the blade is torn, has sun damage or is frayed.
How much is it?
- Most wiper blades will cost $5 to $20 each. Some higher-end blades, such as Bosch, can cost closer to $30. In order to find the correct wiper blade for your car, you can ask a sales representative at any local auto parts store or you can use websites such as MyWiperBlades.com to look up your car’s make and model. The cost will depend on the car’s make and model, and if the wiper is an authentic car wiper or OEM.
- For example, the Bosch 4822 Evolution All-Season Bracketless Wiper Blade retails for $10 to $21. This is a precision-cut natural rubber based wipe blade that has a patented design which provides superior resistance to ice and snow build-up.
- Angie’s List interviewed a few local auto shops and found some would charge $8 to $15 per blade, while another charged $12 to $16 per blade.
- Beem blades, which don’t use the traditional metal structure, will cost $14 to $25 each. These blades will be supported from the inside and will have a sleeker look.
- Heated blades, which come with a special wire harness, will cost $100 to $200 each. Once installed, the blade refills will cost $35 to $55.
|Type||Price Range (each)|
|Bosch Wiper Blades Cost||$14 to $25|
|Firestone Rainx Wiper Blades Cost||$7 to $14|
|Genuine BMW Wiper Blades Cost||$23 to $33|
|Genuine Honda Civic Wiper Blades Cost||$10 to $22|
|Goodyear Hybrid Wiper Blades Cost||$17 to $27|
|Goodyear Wiper Blades||$9 to $25|
|Michelin Wiper Blades Cost||$8 to $14|
|Sightline Wiper Blades Cost||$28 to $38|
|Trico Wiper Blades Cost||$6 to $11|
|Valeo Wiper Blades||$12 to $25|
What is going to be included?
- Most windshield wiper blades you purchase will come with the blade as well as the arm that attaches the blade to your car. This will also come with a few different attachments, one of which will fit your car. Newer blades commonly may come with no brackets, making it easy to install them.
- Some packages of wiper blades will include two blades; others will include only one. Be sure you read the package carefully.
- It’s also best to make sure that you know exactly what blades are going to fit your car. Each and every blade is going to be different depending on the size of the blade. Most websites, as well as brick and mortar stores, will have catalogs and computers you can use to find the specific size that will fit properly. You can also look at your car’s manual.
- A windshield wiper size can range from as little as 13 inches to as long as 28 inches. The driver side will tend to be the longest, while the passenger size will be a few inches smaller. If a rear windshield is available, it will be the smallest of all three.
What are the extra costs?
- It is suggested that you change your windshield wiper blades every spring and fall. This mean that with an average of $12 per wiper blade twice a year, your yearly cost will be about $50. If you have a rear wiper as well, this can be about $75 per year.
- While optional, drivers prefer to purchase products such as Rain-X. This particular product will be sprayed onto the windshield, allowing rain to slip off the windshield easier. A bottle of this can start at $5.
- Having your windshield wipers installed at a local oil change shop or dealership can be an additional $5 to $15.
Tips to know
- Changing your wiper blades are easier than you think. Refer to this how to change windshield wipers video for a fast and easy way. Wiper blades will come in three arm styles: bayonet, the J hook and side post. These arms rely on connecting to the arm, and each one will have its own. Most manufactueres today will use universal hardware to make it easy to connect any blade.
- If you see streaks at an eye level when you use your blades, it will be time to replace it. Another sign is if the blades are making a scraping noise when being used.
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How can I save money?
- Some wiper blades, which tend to be more expensive, claim to last for 3 or even 5 years. If the wiper blade actually lasts this long, it could save you money. This is not always guaranteed, however.
- Read reviews online to see which brand is working the best for other drivers. Don’t be too cheap with your wipers as you may find you’re going to get what you pay for.
- Try to avoid dealerships and oil change places as they will have a rather high markup. These tend to be an impromptu purchase, costing you upwards of 50 to 75% more compared to purchasing them inside of a store.
- If you’re unsure of how to change the blades, most local auto parts stores are going to be more than happy to install them for free as long as you purchase them directly from the store.
- If you feel your windshield wipers are in good physical conditions, but they aren’t working according to standards, Consumer Reports recommends using a damp rag with a dishwasher detergent to clean the blade.