If you are considering adding auto tinting to your car, there are some things that you need to know. Not all tinting products are the same; some tint offers more benefits than other products on the market. Here are three things to know before paying for auto tinting services.
Understand Standard Tinting Films
Many auto tinting products are available on the market and they do a decent job of blocking some UV (ultraviolet) light from getting into the car. Depending on the level of tint, you can expect varying levels of protection.
Auto tinting can protect you from UV light and reduce the bleaching effect that occurs to fabrics and carpeting that has long-term exposure to sunlight. It can also help reduce the cracking of vinyl dashboards and seats in the car when parked in the sun.
These auto tinting films can also provide some privacy for you or your passengers when in the car. There are limits to the level of tint allowed in some areas, so you need to check with the DMV about what the limits are in your area to ensure you do not add too much tint to the glass.
Get Professional Tinting Services
Paying an auto tinting service to install the tint in your vehicle is often the best way to ensure that the film will be installed correctly and stay in place when your windows are in motion. The film can be challenging to work with as well, and if you are considering a higher-end tint film like a nanocarbon tint that adds increased protection, it must be installed correctly.
A good quality auto tinting material that is installed professionally can last for five to ten years before it needs replacing. If you are paying a lot for the material, you should get the longest lifespan possible from the film.
Know Where You Can Apply Tinting
There are laws the regulate where you can apply auto tinting on your car. Some states limit the tint to the side windows behind the driver, and other states allow it anywhere other than the windshield of the vehicle. You will need to check with your local DMV to determine where you can apply the tint, and if you are working with a professional tint shop, they can tell you what is allowed.
The auto tinting regulations for the state the car is registered in are the ones you need to follow, so you may have more tint on the vehicle than allowed in a state you are visiting, but as long as you comply with your home state, you will be in compliance with the law. You can still be stopped so the officer can verify that your tint is legal if they believe there is an issue.