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Have It Made in the Shade: Shopping Tips for Auto Tint

If you’re considering tinting your car windows, you probably know about some of the many benefits, such as reduction of heat and glare. But where do you begin when it comes to choosing the right auto window film and installer?

Choosing Window Film

Choosing Window FilmYou may want to start with the window film and then choose your installer, because different installers carry different types of window film. Window film that blocks damaging UV rays is a popular choice and it can actually help you lower your carbon footprint. Another thing to look for in window film is if it’s covered under a warranty. This speaks to the quality of the film and if something does go wrong, you won’t lose any money. All of Madico’s window films are covered by a warranty and many are covered by a lifetime warranty. You’ll also want to choose a shade. Today’s technology has delivered a range of shade choices from dark to extremely light, while still delivering all of the benefits. Take a look at this tint simulator to visualize how dark or light you can go. You’ll also want to know the window tinting laws in your state, but a good installer should also be familiar with these rules.

Choosing an Installer

Choosing an InstallerLike choosing any business, one of the best ways to make your decision is by asking others who they recommend. You can also view online referrals and rankings on various sites. Once you’ve identified some credible options, ask the installer how long he or she has been in business at their current location. The longer the better as longevity is a sign that they offer good quality and service at fair prices. You’ll also want to see samples of their work. This article has detailed illustrations that show you what to look for.

Don’t DIY

Don’t DIYYou may be tempted to save some money and try a do-it-yourself kit, but there are several reasons why it’s smart to go with a professional window tinting company. Check out this article on Angie’s List that explains why.


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Comments - 26 Responses to “Have It Made in the Shade: Shopping Tips for Auto Tint”

  1. Judy Wilson says:

    I would like to add window tint to my car windows, so your tips for choosing the right film will be good to know. It seems important for me to keep in mind that different installers will offer different options for window film. I should remember that when choosing an installer since I have a very specific type of tint that I want to have applied to my windows.

  2. Kyle Smith says:

    I am currently interested in adding window tint to my car with the warmer seasons upon us and have spoken with a few professionals about my questions and concerns. Another tip I would recommend while shopping around is asking about legal tinting regulations. After my own personal research, 2 of my options had the wrong limit listings on their brochures. This just made my decision that much easier when deciding who would do the final installation.

  3. emily bennette says:

    I didn’t realize that a window tint can help lower your carbon footprint. It seems like that would be a good thing to consider if you want to make your car greener. Do you know what film tint would be a good to start with?

  4. Kendall Everett says:

    Asking for referrals is a great way to get information on an installer. It’s important that the installer is professional and does a good job so asking friends their thoughts would be helpful. It may also help to see a profile of how well they install window film.

  5. Abélia says:

    I had no idea that car window tinting had so many benefits like reduction of heat and glare. I want to tint my windows but only because I don’t like when people can easily look into my car. It’s good to know that I could actually lower my carbon footprint by choosing a window film that blocks UV rays. Thank you for your shopping tips on auto tint.

  6. Sarah Smith says:

    I liked how you pointed out that you shouldn’t DIY your car’s window tint. I need to get my windows tinted. Another thing to remember is to get a licensed professional that is experienced to install your tint.

  7. Ben says:

    I had no idea there were different types of films that vary in quality and durability. Right now I’m looking to get my windows tinted for the first time and this post has definitely helped me in my research, thank you!

  8. Wade Joel says:

    Having your car windows tinted make shift car look cooler. At least, I think so. I had no idea that window tinting blocked UV rays. It thought it just made your car cooler.

  9. Kendall Ryder says:

    You can also search and read online reviews before choosing an installer. That way, you can see what others have had to say about that installer. If the reviews seem good, then you can go ahead and go with that installer!

  10. Johnny McCarron says:

    I like that you talked about finding someone to help you install the tinting. I’m looking into getting a good person to install my tinted windows. However, my windows will be residential and not on my car. Do you have any other tips about getting your windows tinted?

  11. Johnny McCarron says:

    I really like your advice to not DIY. Some people aren’t as talented as they think they are. As a result, their window tinting isn’t that great. It is much better–and ultimately easier–to just hire a pro.

  12. Douglas Lake says:

    I like the way you present all the options about car tinting.

  13. Douglas Lake says:

    Asking for referrals is a great way to get information on an installer.

  14. Gina Henrie says:

    My husband and I have been looking into getting window tinting for our cars due to the need for a bit more privacy. I like what you said about choosing an installer and how you should view some online credible options. This is something that I will be looking into, thanks for sharing!

  15. Sariah says:

    I’m considering getting window tints for my new car, but I’m not sure what’s the right auto window film for me. It’s good to know that there’s an eco-friendly option available. Aside from going for a greener option, thanks for letting me know that it can also block the damaging UV rays. I’ll definitely give more thought on this!

  16. Madico, Inc. Madico, Inc. says:

    Hi Sariah! We have a variety of great window film options for you to explore: http://www.madico.com/window-film/automotive/. Thank you for your comment!

  17. Dean Pagel says:

    As the rule of thumb. Remember to check ordinances in your area. According to federal regulations, window tinting must allow at least 70 percent of light to pass through the front windows. People can only tint the top 4 to 6 inches of the windshield. Other rules depend on the state. A black, non-reflective tint is the best choice for most people, especially for those who visit other states often.

  18. Dean Pagel says:

    In addition to that, there is no limit on how much back windows can be tinted in most locations. However, many states prohibit tints with colors like red, blue, amber, and yellow. In other states, laws only allow law enforcement officers to use colored window tints. Some states also regulate or prohibit metallic or reflective tints.

    Dean Pagel

  19. Madico, Inc. Madico, Inc. says:

    Great information! It is always important to find out the regulations in your state before making a decision.

  20. Bobby Saint says:

    I like that you provided some tips for choosing the right window tint for your car such as consulting a professional installer. It is recommended that you have your car windows tinted by a professional installer to ensure that it is done properly. A professional would be able to guarantee that it would be free from any air bubbles and that your window tint would last for a long time without fading easily. If I were to have my car windows tinted, I would make sure to take this into account. Thanks.

    • Madico, Inc. Madico, Inc. says:

      Hi Bobby, we are glad that you found this information useful! Working with a professional is the best route to take when getting your windows tinted to help improve quality and longevity.

  21. Clark says:

    You will want to hire a professional window installer to come and measure all of your windows or just those that you want replaced. He or she can give you an estimate on how much your windows will cost to replace. You can choose between different types of windows. There are windows that are sound proof.

  22. Window Tinting Raleigh NC says:

    Great information. Keep it up.

  23. window tinting philadelphia says:

    Great information. keep it up.

  24. easton memmott says:

    I like the tip that you gave to choose a professional to install your window tinting. My wife and I are thinking of getting window tinting on her car to help it stay cool in the winter time, and it is important for us to know that we are doing it correctly. If we do get the window tinting, I will be sure to look for a professional to install it for us.

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