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Time to Replace Your Wiper Blades?

Time to replace your wiper blades?

Visibility is key to safe driving, especially here in Ireland. A well maintained set of wiper blades are essential not only when facing the wet weather conditions, but also with regards to the continued cleanliness of your windscreen.

It is important to not wait too long to replace worn blades. A torn wiper blade can allow the wiper arm to rub against the glass, which can potentially ruin the windshield.


How Often Should You Replace Wiper Blades?

The wear depends of the temperature and use but it is generally recommended to replace your wiper blades twice a year:

  • Autumn: the heat after summer accelerates the wear. Replace those wiper blades before winter comes.
  • Spring: the bad weather will decrease the efficiency of your wiper blades. Replace ahead of the summer.


Damaged Blades: Warning Sings

If you notice one of the following, it’s time to replace your wiper blades:

  • Your wiper blades leave tracks / haze on the windscreen.
  • Wiper blades slide / scrape badly.
  • Wiper blades are noisy / squeaky.
  • Wiper blades skip across the windshield caused by a curve in the rubber


Wiper Blades: Maintenance

  • It’s advisable to give the rubber blades a wipe down every month. This will remove any debris, grime or loose bits of rubber. Use Alcohol wipes are recommended for this.
  • You can increase the lifespan of the blades by keeping your windshield clean. Wash your windshields with alcohol to get all of the oil residue from the road off your windscreen. Also, fix any chipped segments on the windscreen – these cut wiper blades.
  • During the winter months, defrost the windscreen before switching on the wiper blades.


Find Your Wiper Blades Quickly

With our tools and your registration number, we can find the specific wiper for your car.

Just head to Be sure to check the product notes and images provided to ensure they match your current wiper blades.

OE & Matching Quality Parts

OE & Matching Quality Parts

If you have ever bought car parts online, you’ve probably encountered the Acronym’s OE (Original Equipment) and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer).

While you can probably hazard a guess as to what these imply, it’s worth noting their importance and what they signify in terms of the car parts market.

The ‘Block Exemption Regulation’ made it necessary to provide ‘matching quality’ parts acceptable as replacements when a vehicle is still under warranty but being serviced at an independent garage.

This has undoubtedly been a good thing for the consumer. In essence, it meant that the competition for the provision of parts increased, and allowed people to choose a better priced alternative to the Original Equipment part without invalidating their warranty. This has equated to big savings and more consumer choice.

However, it’s not necessarily as simple as just choosing a cheap alternative especially where Engine Management Components are concerned. The electronic content on new vehicles continues to rise at a rapid rate. In the 1980’s, 15% of a vehicle’s value was electronics. Today that number is 40% and growing.

Because of the influx of parts by a large group of manufacturers some caution must be exercised when selecting the part for your vehicle. Sensors, Air Flow Parts and Fuel Injection components rely on electrical connections – an incorrect match will inevitably prevent these parts from functioning properly.

At, we stock a range of OE and Matching Quality Engine Management Components. CONTACT US for more information.

Getting the most for your second-hand-car!

Getting the most for your second hand car

With sales of new cars in Ireland reaching pre-2008 figures, the second-hand-car market is about to become a whole lot more competitive with an influx of vehicles expected.

If you’re one such person looking to trade up, there are some things you might want to consider before attempting to offload your second-hand-car. There’s a number of things you can do to ensure you get the maximum value on a second hand motor that don’t require mechanical expertise or a lot of money.

Equally, there are a number of jobs that should ALWAYS be left to the professionals.

We’ve outlined below some tips for easy fixes, our recommendations for jobs best left to the professionals as well as some additional pointers for getting the best value for your old motor.




Difficult Fixes

Jobs best left to the professionals and other helpful tips for selling your car!

Choosing the Correct Roof-Box

Choosing the right Roof-Box

Schools nearly out. There’s a grand stretch in the evening. And you’re more than likely sitting at your desk daydreaming of your impending summer holidays.

But you’re not quite there yet. There’s still the small matter of packing etc. And therein lies one of the great holiday dilemmas – how are you going to fit all that luggage in with the family? Maybe you could leave the family behind??

There is a better (i.e. safer) option – the tried and trusted roof-box! Ranging in price from hundreds of euros to thousands of euros, there’s a roof-box fit for every purpose. So choose carefully. Here are some important factors to consider when making that decision.


The Usage:

The purpose of the roof-box’s usage will determine its size, shape and the tie down system. Consider whether:

  • It will be used frequently or occasionally.
  • It will be used just during the holidays and which season (summer or winter).
  • It will be used as a portage complement or the main boot (in case your car is too small).


The Type:

Stiff and aerodynamic:

  • Made of plastic or composite, the stiff roof-box are the most popular. Wide or tight, their aerodynamic shape offers better air penetration which limits over-consumption on fuel usage.
  • It also offers you better protection against weather and theft.
  • Flaws? Setting up often requires two sets of hands, while storing it when not in use requires a lot of space.
Choosing the right Roof-Box

Guide to selecting the right Roof-Box.

Flexible and practical

  • Flexible roof-boxes are made of impermeable synthetic materials.
  • Setting up only requires one pair of hands and they don’t require much storage space when not in use.
  • However, they don’t share the aerodynamics properties of the stiffer roof-box, although the flexibility does allow you to adapt the size depending on the storage volume needed. This limits the wind loading when partially filled.
  • Although generally waterproof, the flexible roof-box tends to require some maintenance to stay this way.
  • Flaws? It’s particularly vulnerable to theft.
  • Warning: Most of the cheaper roof-boxes are often poor quality, simple rectangular boxes, offering mediocre sealing and made of thin plastic materials, without inner straps and a poor locking system.
Flexible Roof-Box

Flexible Roof-Box

The Dimensions:

Selecting the right roof-box is dependent on the luggage they will carry (as well as the Highway Code which states simply that “you must secure your load and it must not stick out dangerously”).

Similarly, you must consider the car and technical specifications of the roof-box.

Indeed, the latter only accepts a low filling mass (50 to 75kg maximum) but offers loading volume from 220 to 680 litres. Long, short or mixed, you can generally find 2 lengths (about 1m to 2.35m ) and 3 widths (about 75cm to 1.40m), depending on the manufacturer.


The Type of Fitting:

First, you must check the quality and strength of your roof-rack and its anchorages. It’s the part that will support the weight. A fixation differs according to the price range. Some are more ergonomic and patented by manufacturers, particularly for mid-range and high end products.


U-Fixation / Double thread fixation:

  • The most popular fixation. Each fixation adjusts itself according to the racks, via pre-drilled holes or by drilling the bottom of the box. So it is universal usage but not practical to set up, even more so if you have to use tools.

L-Rod / Threaded rod:

  • Composed of a thread and a locking lever. You insert the ‘L’ part under the roof-rack, adjust tightening with a thumb-wheel and lock it with the lever. It is also universal but more practical to set up.

Thule Easy – Snap & Farad Block:

  • These are evolutions of the U-Fixation. They are made of a U and a quarter rotation lock or locking lever.  Each U adjusts itself according to manufacturer’s reference. Both universal and practical in usage.


The Opening:

For stiff roof-boxes, the loading is made to the rear. The opening is either unilateral (right, left or rear) or bilateral (right and left). The latter make the loading easier, particularly in tight spaces or low roof rooms. Be careful of the positioning of your roof box – don’t place it too far to the rear or it could potentially obstruct the tailgate.

Roof-boxes mostly close with Velcro tape or zipper. Some models are accessible by both sides.


Keyhole or Padlock?

Stiff roof-boxes are often locked by keyhole at two points. Flexible models have a padlock.

We advise you choose a keyhole which retains the key. It avoids risks of driving with the roof-box open.



Roof-Box (320L)

Roof-Box (480L)