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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. (Link Understanding Your State’s Automotive Tint Laws) 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 - 54 Responses to “5 Questions to Ask Before Tinting Your Car Windows”

  1. 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. 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

    • 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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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