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5 Questions to Ask Before Tinting Your Car Windows

Tinting the windows of your automobile will offer countless benefits including protecting skin by blocking UV rays, cooling your car, and reducing glare – just to name a few. But, before you make the initial purchase, ask yourself these 5 important questions to ensure you are on the right track.

How Long Will It Take In Text1. How long will my window tint last?
The lifetime of window films is dependent on many factors including product type and quality, the climate, and the amount of direct sunlight your car is exposed to. Generally, most automotive films are designed to last much longer than the typical owner will keep the vehicle; many films will perform well past 10 years.

How Long Will It Last2. How long will it take to tint my windows?
The process can take anywhere from 45 minutes to a few hours depending on how many windows are being tinted. If you’re only adding window film to the two front side doors, the installation will be much quicker than if you desire a full installation that includes all four side windows and the back window. Your installing dealer may want to keep the vehicle for at least a half day in order to best complete the job and allow the film time to dry before returning the vehicle back to you. It is best to make arrangements for a ride the day of your window tinting appointment. Tip: Make an appointment with a professional window film dealer to ensure a quality job.

3. Is the film covered by a warranty?Covered By A Warranty In Text
Most quality products come with a limited lifetime warranty. However, you should confirm the exact warranty length and stipulations prior to purchasing any film. Also, make sure you receive a manufacturer’s warranty that is completely filled out by your installer, so you’re covered even if by chance your installer ever goes out of business. It is important that you abide by all state and local tint laws. Most warranties will be void if your film installation is illegal. The local installing dealer should know all current tint laws that apply to you.

4. Which window tint is right for me?Which Window Tint Is Right In Text
In order to select the best film for your vehicle, you should consult a professional window film dealer. Dealers offer a wide range of products in a variety of shades and colors, as well as different styles and performance benefits. A dealer can show you swatches and talk to you about which auto tint best fits your needs. You should also understand the tint laws of your state. Professional window film dealers can also help you with selecting the best tint for your vehicle that still adheres to state laws. That being said, your window tint is entirely up to you.

Which Dealer In Text5. Which dealer is right for me?
Never compromise. There are tons of companies in your area to choose from. Ensure that you have found the best professional window film installer by comparing customer service, prices, quality of products and brands, previous work, and the dealer’s overall reputation, as well as the reputation of the manufacturer or manufacturers of the window film they sell. With websites like Angie’s List and Yelp, it has never been easier to read reviews.

Remember, do your research. Gather quotes from multiple dealers and compare prices and the quality of the films. With all things above considered, you are on your way to a more enjoyable ride!

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Comments - 69 Responses to “5 Questions to Ask Before Tinting Your Car Windows”

  1. Mia Boyd says:

    Thanks for the information. I live in L.A., so everyone has tinted windows here. I’ve been thinking about getting it done for my own car as well. I’m definitely going to follow your tips, especially the one about making sure the film is covered by a warranty. I’ll have to ask the person who does the window tinting. I hope there’s a warranty!

  2. Delores Lyon says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I had no idea that most tinting film lasts for more than ten years. That means that tinting can be a really good investment! I’ll also be sure to find the right dealer to do the job. I don’t want the life of my tint job cut because I was trying to be cheap.

  3. Madico, Inc. Madico, Inc. says:

    Thanks, Delores. Be sure to talk to a dealer about the automotive film that best fits your needs and is best for your vehicle to get the most out of your investment.

  4. Jamarcus Dantley says:

    I’m tinting my windows soon, and I want to make sure I do it right. I’ve had lots of questions because I don’t want to do it poorly. I’ll make sure to follow your tip about finding the right dealer for me. Like you said, I’ll make sure to compare reviews in order to get the best option.

  5. Phillius Thomas says:

    I didn’t know that tints could where off. I had assumed that they would last for the entirety of your car. This means I should probably see if when I should get my tinting redone.

  6. Stephanie Smith says:

    This is good to know. I’ve wanted to tint my windows when I moved to Phoenix, and it’s only getting hotter outside. I’ll shop around to see what a shop would cost, but I’d like to save money if I can and do it myself. This is great info to start with, thank you!

  7. Madico, Inc. Madico, Inc. says:

    We’re glad you found the information useful.Before you consider installing window film yourself, you may find this article helpful:

  8. Samantha D says:

    I had no idea that there were so many things to consider when looking at window tint. I’ve heard that it lasts long but not that long! It seems like there could be lots of benefits to having it. Thanks for the information.

  9. Madico, Inc. Madico, Inc. says:

    We’re glad you found the information useful. Window tint is a good investment for your car.

  10. Sara Killinger says:

    Whenever I drive to work, the sun is always beating down on me from my side windows. I’ve considered getting my windows tinted but didn’t know where to start. Thanks for letting me know that different states have different auto glass tinting laws. If I drive my car through a state with different auto tint laws from my own, can I get in trouble for having too dark of a tint?

    • Madico, Inc. Madico, Inc. says:

      Thanks! We’re glad you found the information useful. Each state is supposed to abide by the tint laws of the state the vehicle is registered. However, they technically don’t have to and have been known to issue tickets. Unfortunately, there is a bit of a gray area concerning this topic. We suggest keeping your vehicle registration and driver’s license with your current address up to date and in your vehicle when travelling across state lines.

  11. Alex Jennings says:

    Great article! I’m glad that I stumbled upon it because I’ve been thinking about getting my car windows tinted. I think you’re absolutely right: it’s important to know how long it takes to get your windows tinted so you can plan it in your schedule. I’ll be sure to follow your suggestion by getting window tint with a warranty. Thanks for the great suggestions; you’ve been very helpful!

  12. Rainwater Tanks says:

    We agree, it’s a very helpful way to conserve energy and resources through window tint.

    We are also into energy conversation and reuse.

    Great post!

  13. Lincoln Kirwan says:

    You must be very careful while tinting your car window. There’s a chances of catching air bubbles into the Films which then irritates you. You need to keep things according to this. Thanks for providing these all queries.

  14. Dean says:

    I am all for saving energy. Window tint will keep your interior cool and in turn will require less a/c. Also, tint helps with concealing what is in your car and detours would be criminals.

  15. Bennett Fischer says:

    I had no idea that window tint would could last up to 10 years! I’ve been wanting to get my windows tinted for a while now, but I wasn’t sure how long it would last. This being said, I’m super interested in getting some now. Thanks a ton for sharing this with me.

  16. Drew Reed says:

    I like how you said that it won’t take more than a few hours to get the windows tinted. A friend of mine recently got a Focus with clear windows. When she took them in to get it tinted, she wasn’t sure how long they’d take, so she panicked and went home. I’ll have to show her it can be done in a day. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Tyler Meredith says:

    I like what this article mentions about asking which tint might work best. I recently had my homes windows tinted, and I want to have it done to my car as well. I think automotive tinting is a lot different in that is has more rules about what darkness is acceptable. I’ll definitely have to remember these questions when talking about having the cars tinted.

  18. Lauren Woodley says:

    I have been thinking about tinting the windows of my car, so I appreciate all of the insight you give about this. Specifically, you talk about how it should only take about 45 minutes to do a minor tint on your window, which is a lot faster than I thought. That being said, though, I’ll make sure I allot enough time so that I can get the work that I want. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Justin Knox says:

    Thank you for the help. I really want to tint my car windows before this summer, but I am not entirely sure of the process. I had no idea how quick of a process it is to tint windows. I thought I may have to leave the car in the shop for a couple days. I may have to get that done soon.

    • Madico, Inc. Madico, Inc. says:

      It is a quicker process than most would think. We’re glad you found the information useful! Thanks for reading!

  20. James Bergman says:

    I think it is definitely important to check on any laws regarding tinting before you get your windows tinted. Whoever you have doing the job will probably already know and tell you what the laws are, but it is best to be safe. If possible, I would also recommend seeing how the tinting looks on one of your windows before having it done on all of them. There is a difference between seeing a swatch and seeing it on the window.

  21. Pancho says:

    I would love having my car windows tinted, I hate when the sun hits my face from the side. I would get the recommended tint, and I would hope that it was priced reasonably. The most important to me would be if it has a warranty to cover the tent itself. Just to have some peace of mind.

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  29. Wade Joel says:

    I have always thought that tinted windows were the coolest thing when I was growing up. I did not know that window tinting had a time limit because I thought it just lasted forever. I also never considered that there would be different kinds of tents available, I will have to see which one would be best for my car.

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  31. Kendall Everett says:

    I loved your suggestion to ask if the film is covered by a warranty. Like you mentioned getting the manufacturers warranty is a good idea for if the installer goes out of business. Comparing the different tints warranties may help you get an idea of which tint to go with.

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  33. Jake says:

    Awesome article. Another important question one might ask, is how will this effect my safety as a driver? Most people don’t realize, but a quality tint will also help with glare reduction and in the event of an accident, that tint (if high quality) will keep broken glass all in one place instead of it flying all over the place.

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  37. Xavier Salas says:

    I loved reading this article. I totally did not think about asking the company that is tinting your windows how long the tint would actually last. I think a lot of people get caught up in the excitement of getting their windows tinted that they forget to ask how long it will last. I definitely will do this the next time that I get my windows tinted. Thank you!

    • Madico, Inc. Madico, Inc. says:

      We’re glad that you enjoyed, Xavier. We hope that these tips will give our reader’s the ability to get the best results possible when tinting their car windows.

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    Professional window film dealers can also help you with selecting the best tint for your vehicle,that’s why you need to look for the best person that can help you.

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  41. Carlo Smith says:

    Really great tips on saving money and time in getting our car window tinted. Great Work.

  42. Olivia Nelson says:

    I like your comment on how window tinting can last for more than 10 years. I would imagine that because this is longer than most people own their car this could be a good investment. My husband wants to tint his car windows to reduce how hot it gets so knowing how long it will last will help him decide.

  43. Rachel Lannister says:

    You mentioned that window tinting comes in a variety of shades and colors, as well as different styles and performance benefits. I live in an area that gets extremely bright, with a lot of direct sunlight when you’re driving. I’ll have to find a place that offers rather dark tinting, so that I can drive without having to worry about decreased visibility from glaring sunlight.

  44. Kenneth Gladman says:

    I like that you mentioned asking about warranties for your tints. Quality shops will usually offer these because of their confidence in their product. It will also provide you that peace of mind you are looking for.

  45. Sarah Smith says:

    I want to get my car’s windows tinted. I appreciate the information about how you should check out dealers and not compromise, so that you can get the best product. It would also be smart to get an auto dealer that is local. Then you can get help quickly.

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  48. Glass Guy says:

    Another good question to ask: How will car window tinting help with sun protection? How much cooler can this keep my vehicle? Will this protect my children from UV rays? These are some of the most common questions I get here, but I’m in the Arizona heat!
    You must be somewhere cooler?

  49. Elsa Anderson says:

    It’s great that you mentioned that on average a window tint can last around 10 years which makes it cost-effective for the energy it’ll save me. I’ll be sure to have my new Chevy be tinted since the sun in our area have a bewildering grudge against my eyes and tries its best to blind or burn me. Hopefully, there’s a service that can have it installed near our place. Thanks for the helpful read on some FAQs about car window tints!

  50. Madico, Inc. Madico, Inc. says:

    Thanks for the comment Elsa! We’re glad that you found our article to be helpful.

  51. Georgina Winter says:

    I like that you talked about how you can ask a professional window film dealer to help you find the auto tint that will best fit your needs because of the wide range of products in a variety of shades and colors. My son bought a new car, and he’s looking to have his car’s windows tinted. For me, it’s important to choose the best swatch that will fit his needs to greatly benefit from it/ I will make sure to remember all your tips.

  52. Madico, Inc. Madico, Inc. says:

    Hi Georgina! We’re glad you found this article helpful! We wish you luck in finding the perfect auto tint for your son’s car.

  53. Dean Pagel says:

    Tinting is a delicate procedure. Let a professional tint applicator do it. It doesn’t just save you from extra expenses, but it also ensures that the job is done properly. BTW, nice tips here 🙂

  54. Dean Pagel says:

    Also, Tinting can also be a costly expense. So if you’re going to get it done, it’s best to invest on premium-quality tints. It’s not something you change every day after all.

    Dean Pagel

  55. Moira Blythe says:

    I love the look of a tinted window and have been wanting to do it on my car for a while now. I had no idea that it takes half a day to install the tint on all windows of the car! We’ll have to plan for that length of time. Maybe we’ll take our car in on the weekend.

    • Madico, Inc. Madico, Inc. says:

      Thank you for commenting, Moira! Taking it in on a weekend is a great idea so that you don’t have to worry about getting into a time crunch. It is well worth the half a day wait for all of the amazing benefits of tinted windows!

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  57. Easton Memmott says:

    I love that you mentioned that you should try and get your windows tinted from a shop that offers a warranty on the tint. I am looking to get my windows tinted, so I am researching what I should consider while getting them tinted. I will be sure to ask if they offer a warranty on their tinted windows.

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