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Halfords wiper blades
« on: 16 May 2018, 02:53:29 »

Preparing a Rover Streetwise for MOT, I needed a new rear wiper blade. Length of previous was 17.1/2 inches. Local Halfords has a long display of assorted wiper blades, their own brand and Bosch. I presumed own brand were the cheaper, so bought a Halfords 17 inch blade. Got it home, tried to fit it, it had fittings I have never seen before, and a pictorial guide on the back of the box, no written instructions. I could not figure it out. I told SWMBO I have been fitting wiper blades for 60 years, and every time it is a challenge. I found the receipt, and took it back to complain.
I found the manager, who had served me less than an hour earlier, and demanded that he fit it for me. He told me it was the wrong blade. I said I thought all their blades would fit any car. He asked what car it was for, I told him. He went to the rack of blades and gave me a Bosch one, same length. I thought it would cost more, not so. Halfords blade cost 15, Bosch 10. He gave me a 5 refund.
I enquired how I should have known which blade would fit my cat. Best to ask, he said.
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Re: Halfords wiper blades
« Reply #1 on: 16 May 2018, 03:39:09 »

They do have a screen to type your reg in which tells you...  ::)
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Re: Halfords wiper blades
« Reply #2 on: 16 May 2018, 07:58:14 »

They do have a screen to type your reg in which tells you...  ::)
There was no screen system in Midsomer Norton, but there was a flip card system, which I thought would tell me which length I needed. I had the same problem buying the temperature sensor for the Streetwise, the man wanted to know the reg. number. We live and learn.
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Re: Halfords wiper blades
« Reply #3 on: 16 May 2018, 08:18:10 »

Rear blades, unlike the fronts, tend to be very bespoke and moulded to the arm shape.  :y

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Re: Halfords wiper blades
« Reply #4 on: 16 May 2018, 09:48:30 »

I have been fitting wiper blades for 60 years, and every time it is a challenge.

Yes I break out into a cold sweat every time I have to change a wiper blade. ::)

It should be simple.  Right?  ;D

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Re: Halfords wiper blades
« Reply #5 on: 16 May 2018, 09:53:17 »

I fitted Bosch as well, due to being cheaper than Halfords own brand.
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Re: Halfords wiper blades
« Reply #6 on: 16 May 2018, 11:10:45 »

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Re: Halfords wiper blades
« Reply #7 on: 16 May 2018, 16:20:47 »

Used to get the feller across the the road to fit mine. He,s now moved to the States :(. Bastard ;D
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Re: Halfords wiper blades
« Reply #8 on: 16 May 2018, 18:08:31 »

My old Rover 25 took 3 blades of the same length. So I'd buy a pack of 10 from Vauxhall Tradeclub, 20 delivered, sell 2 "kits" of 3 blades on egay for a tenner each, plus postage, and fit the rest to the Rover for free.

Because egayers are very stupid, and this was so lucrative, I was ordering 2 or 3 boxes a week ;D

But then at the time, I was ordering 50 VOF93 for around 75p each (not on TC), selling 49 of them for 4 plus postage, and keeping one for myself.


Did I mention the average egayer is incredibly stupid?
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