Profit Opportunity: Wiper Blades

by Hunter Howard

It is so easy to forget about reminding your customers to change their wiper blades but it is one of the easiest and fastest ways you can make more money on a ticket. I suppose it’s easy to forget because customers should know when they need new blades and ask you for them right? Not always.

Changing wiper blades will constantly be shrugged off when customers think about their car because unlike something like tires, they aren’t always in use. Drivers usually realize their blades need replacement when it starts to rain heavily or a wave of bugs barrages their windshield.

shutterstock_295703246A simple way to remember when to check your customers’ wiper blades is to change them when the time changes. When you set your shop’s clock an hour forward or an hour backward, it’s a good time to start checking wiper blades again. Transitioning from a harsh weather season like summer is a good way to remember too. When winterizing vehicles, go ahead and remind customers about their wiper blades. After hot summer months, wiper blades can become riddled with cracks that will cause the blade to lose good contact with the windshield.

Wiper blades are one of the most helpful pieces of equipment on a vehicle. They are also one of the least appreciated in comparison to what they do. Take the time to remind your customers about wiper blades.

About National Oil & Lube News

National Oil & Lube News is the fast oil change industry's oldest and largest trade publication. Started in 1986 by Steve Hurt (a former fast lube owner) and David Arrington, NOLN has grown and evolved right alongside the fast lube industry. Here at NOLN, our aim is to help fast lube operators with every facet of their business, from operations to technical issues. Our monthly magazine and this regularly updated website contain everything from technical tips, recall announcements and service guides to articles on handling customer complaints, building your brand and making your business the best it can be. With tips and advice from experts both inside and outside the industry, you're sure to learn something that can help your fast lube business grow and prosper.
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