Do I Need New Wiper Blades with a New Windshield for My Chevy Impala?

QuestionsCategory: Ask An ExpertDo I Need New Wiper Blades with a New Windshield for My Chevy Impala?
Daniel Smith asked 3 months ago
Hello! I recently discovered that my 2013 Chevy Impala LT has a small, 3-4 inch crack on the far left side of the windshield. Last summer, Safelite sealed the crack, but it's still there, and I'm worried it won't pass inspection. I'm considering getting a new windshield from Safelite, and their website offers two services: Economy Service for $250 (excluding new wiper blades) and Standard for $300, which includes new wiper blades. They warn that not replacing worn wipers may damage the new glass. I'm unsure if it's necessary to get new wiper blades with the windshield replacement or if it's just a sales tactic. Can you advise?
1 Answers
Zack Norman Staff answered 3 months ago
Hi there, Daniel! Your concern about whether to invest in new wiper blades alongside your windshield replacement is quite valid - it's pretty easy to get this wrong! Here's a breakdown of the situation:
  1. Wiper Condition: If your current wiper blades are in good condition – meaning they cleanly wipe water without leaving streaks or scratches – they should be fine to use on your new windshield. However, if the rubber is worn out or the frame is exposed, it could potentially scratch the new glass.
  2. Cost-Benefit Analysis: The price difference between the Economy and Standard services at Safelite is around $50. You mentioned that the Standard service includes new wiper blades. It's worth considering if buying wiper blades separately would be more cost-effective than opting for the Standard service.
  3. DIY Option: Replacing wiper blades is a simple task that you can do yourself. You could save some money by purchasing the blades separately and installing them, which isn't a complex process.
  4. Long-Term Maintenance: Regularly replacing wiper blades is a good practice to maintain visibility and protect your windshield. Even if you opt out of getting them with your new windshield, consider replacing them if they are older or showing signs of wear.
In summary, it's not mandatory to replace your wiper blades when getting a new windshield, but it's a good practice if they are worn out. Evaluate the condition of your current blades and decide based on cost-effectiveness and long-term maintenance. Hope this helps! Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team