November 23, 2019

Different Types of Winter Wiper Blades Available

Winter wiper blades are inexpensive, and should be put on cars before cold, snowy weather moves in. The winter blades are designed specifically for harsher conditions. They are able to move ice and snow more easily, making it safer for you to drive in winter weather. There are several types of winter blades available. Here’s a quick look at a few of them and the differences and advantages to each.

Different Types of Winter Wiper Blades Available

Silicone Blades

A silicone blade will use a wiping surface made of silicone rather than rubber. Silicone can withstand colder temperatures without freezing and cracking as rubber can. The silicone surface will provide a clearer field of vision during times of freezing rain or snow. They also last much longer than rubber blades, and many are available with lifetime guarantees. You may pay extra out of pocket when you purchase these, but you’ll save money in the long run. At the end of the season you can remove them and store them for use again the next year.

Vibrating Wiper Blades

Vibrating wiper blades, or shaker blades, use a vibrating motion while wiping the vision area. This helps to remove snow or ice that can accumulate under the blade. When snow or ice builds up on the blade, the vision field can become obscured, making driving more dangerous. These can be used at any time of the year as well to clear leaves and other debris that can become lodged under the blade. These aren’t considered disposable. Some models offer replacement rubber strips instead of full blade replacement. These will cost more than standard blades, and you may end up needing to pay for installation as well. If you choose to only use these during the winter, you may also have to pay to have them removed for storage.

Heated Blades

Heated wiper blades are becoming more popular as a standard feature on new vehicles. These include a heating element inside the rubber strip of the blade. This is nice to melt ice or snow as it builds up. The driver is able to turn the heater on and off as needed. This isn’t typically going to be easy to install, and will need to be done professionally because of the wiring involved. However, many people still opt for these since it makes it much easier to defrost a window in on a cold morning and makes it safer for driving in sleet and snow.

Maintenance

You will get the most out of your winter blades with some basic maintenance. Use a washer solution that will not freeze. This is easy to find, most big box retailers and auto parts stores will carry these solutions. Keep your blades clean, and always return them to the off position before turning off the car. This will help if they become frozen overnight, as you won’t burn out the motor in the morning while trying to heat up your vehicle.…

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Auto Detailing At Your Quick Lube – It’s Working for Some Operators

The other day I was reading National Oil and Lube News, an industry magazine for the oil change and quick lube sector. It’s the mainstay of the industry, and everyone who owns a quick lube reads it cover to cover each month, it’s well-known, and I have visited their headquarters in Lubbock Texas. It’s a good group of folks, they know what they’re talking about, and the content is exceptional. In any case there was a quick blurb in the back of the magazine in the July issue of 2012 about auto detailing as an ancillary business unit for a quick lube operation. Okay so, I know little bit about this, so let’s talk.

Auto Detailing At Your Quick Lube - It's Working for Some Operators

Indeed, I founded a mobile detailing company which turned into a national franchise operation many years ago prior to retirement. One thing we noted is that we ended up with auto dealership accounts, and we used the bays which were left over in the back, perhaps built for auto mechanics service bays, and we had converted a few of those to do auto detailing shops on the property for our dealership customers. It was amazing how well that worked, and we were often asked to also put in an oil change bay on top of that.

In my travels I it also noted that there were many large car dealerships which actually had a quick lube attached to the dealership to ensure that customers who bought their cars there also came in to get their oil changed, and would therefore walk through the show room of the dealership while their oil change was occurring. It seems to be a match made in heaven, auto services and auto dealerships working together. It certainly worked for us.

Now then, what about an auto detailing business in a quick lube, often startup entrepreneurs in the quick lube sector get over exuberant with the size of their facility, sometimes they build extra bays they don’t really need, or extra-large bays for perhaps changing the oil on trucks or RVs. Sometimes that is extra space they don’t really need, and that extra floor space is not pulling its weight. The same thing happens with truck washes where they build three bays, but only need two. In that case it makes sense to either rent out the additional bay to an auto detail operator.

Perhaps the wisest idea is to actually incorporate a couple of extra-large bays when building the oil change facility in the first place, knowing that they will be used for an auto detail center. Often an auto detail center will generate more money than a quick lube, but together they complement each other and bring in even more business. After all if someone cares about how their car looks on the outside, then obviously they care about their car enough to change the oil as well. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.…

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