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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

The importance of changing wipers ready for winter

Date: Monday 24 October 2022

Arnold Clark Autoparts is encouraging technicians to check and replace wiper blades if required, to maintain optimum visibility, and help keep drivers safe on the roads as winter approaches.

As a safety critical system on a vehicle, wiper blades are very rarely checked by motorists themselves – but are essential when it comes to driver visibility. Worn or damaged blades can fail to clear away leaves, rain and even snow in the winter months, which can ultimately lead to an MOT failure.

Craig McCraken, Group Factor Manager, comments:

“Wiper blades in good condition ensure effective visibility for drivers and are the best defence against rain, debris and snow – particularly as they are used even more frequently during the winter months. It’s essential technicians are giving wiper blades a quick check over when it comes to MOTs.”

Arnold Clark Autoparts are giving customers who purchase a pair of Trico wiper blades throughout October the opportunity to win up to £15,000 worth of prizes, including a top prize technology bundle of a PlayStation 5, Samsung 4K HDR Smart TV and Oculus virtual reality headset.

Customers will need to buy a pair of Trico wiper blades this month and they will be given a scratch card to reveal what prize they have won. This includes the top ‘halo’ prize technology bundle, as well as other exciting prizes including a Landmann Dual BBQ, Delonghi coffee machine, Apple AirPods, Amazon Echo Dot and food vouchers.

The promotion encourages service centres and garages to stock up on wiper blades to help them through the busy MOT season – and the colder winter months.

Trico’s premium range of Exact Fit wiper blades are included in the promotion. The Exact Fit range offers simple, direct installation with OE style connectors pre-fitted to the blade. This makes them a perfect upsell product for factors as they offer drivers a simple product to fit themselves. Likewise, technicians can also fit them in seconds leaving them more time for other jobs.

Arnold Clark Autoparts also offer the Trico Flex range of multi-fit wipers. This universal beam blade range covers 96 percent of the vehicle parc in just 15 SKUs, making it an ideal product for garages and workshops to stock on site for quick, easy access.

Trico has over 100 years of windshield wiper innovation and is a major OE supplier to vehicle manufacturers worldwide. Trico Exact Fit and Trico Flex are manufactured on the same OE production lines to deliver outstanding performance.

Arnold Clark Autoparts is one of the fastest growing UK motor factors, having innovated parts distribution for the past 30 years.

In 2021 the brand launched its A-Points rewards programme, exclusive to the trade, where garages are rewarded for purchases made through Arnold Clark Autoparts, with loyalty points being credited back to accounts every month.

The points are collected on A-Points qualifying products and can be spent on a variety of offers from high-end electronics, luxury holidays and BBQs to books, fitness watches and restaurant vouchers.