A tinted windshield is a costly investment. Before you decide on having one installed, there are six things you should consider.
1. What is your car warranty coverage?
Check if you can have windshield tint installed. Some car manufacturers can void your warranty. Try to determine when you can have your windows tinted without risking your car warranty.
2. What tint matches your car?
You’d be surprised with the variety of shades and colors available. Given their wide range, choosing the right tint can be a struggle. The fact that you have to match the windshield tint with your car makes it all the more difficult. Find a company that offers plenty of options. That way, you have better chances of choosing a suitable tint for your car.
3. Which type of tint do you need?
Windshield tint goes beyond aesthetics. So it’s important to choose one based on what you need and not just what looks good on your car.
A normal tint, for example, is enough for privacy and protection against glare. But it won’t block off heat or ultraviolet rays. Tints with a metallic sheen are pretty good at deflecting UV rays and heat. Unfortunately, they tend to disrupt electronic signals.
Thankfully, there’s specialized tint for vehicles equipped with electronics such as navigation systems. There are also non-metallic tints for UV and heat protection.
4. Where can I have my windshield tint installed?
There should be plenty of tint installation companies in your area. And while you can get your windshield done by any of them, it’s best to work with experts. As a rule of thumb, never compromise quality installation for an unprofessional hack if only to cut costs. You’ll end up spending more than you bargained for.
It helps to narrow down your options to the top three based on the following factors:
- The tints they offer and at what prices
- Installation and other service charges
- Customer reviews and feedback
- Years of service
5. What is your tint warranty coverage?
Windshield tint may or may not have a manufacturer’s warranty – and it’s important to get one that does. Discuss options with your tint installation company. This way, you can be aware of warranties and coverages involved. Most tints have a limited lifetime warranty, and it’s best to know when their coverage ends.
6. What are the tinting laws in your area?
Each state has unique car tinting laws. Depending on the law, the police or inspectors can reinforce them. Know which laws are applicable to your area. Factors that can influence these laws include:
- The age of your car. In most states, you can install low-level tint (20%) on older vehicles. Whereas new cars are required to have 70% stock tint.
- Your car’s make and model. They can affect regulations around tint percentage. For instance, some models can have lower tint percentage on rear windows – but not on others.
You don’t have to worry much about laws if you’re working with professionals. Chances are, they already know these laws and perform windshield tinting in accordance.