Many new cars now come with tinted windows, especially luxury models. However, if your car didn’t come that way, you can always choose to add this feature
Outside of giving your car an enhanced aesthetic appeal, there are other benefits to tinting. According to Ultimate Window Tinting, it can help protect you and your car’s interior from UV rays from the sun. It can also darken your vehicle to hide valuables, and help to prevent glass from shattering in an accident or break-in. Angieslist.com says the cost for this upgrade can range from $99 to $400 depending on what you choose.
When choosing a film, you first have to consider the percentage of VLT or visual light transmission. How dark you can go will vary from state to state. AAA is a great resource to figure this out. Be sure you do your homework to prevent an unwanted ticket.
Once you have decided how dark to go, your next step is to choose a film type. Ultimate Window Tinting lists the following options:
Infrared film tinting – Infrared films are long-lasting, and block about the same amount of UV rays as other tinting treatments do. One advantage of infrared tinting is its high visibility level. This is a great fit for states with strict tinting laws.
Metallic film tinting – This tinting treatment can make your car’s exterior look sleek and shiny. One major drawback to this option is that it tends to block wireless signals. This means you or your passengers may not be able to rely as heavily on your smartphone or GPS while driving. We don’t recommend this for rideshare.
Carbon film tinting – Carbon films offer similar advantages to metallic films, but without the problem of signal blockage.
Tinting coats (Not a DIY Option) – Some businesses offer the choice of spraying a coat of tint onto the car windows. This treatment is one of the most durable options; however, it is also one of the most labor-intensive, and can be costly.
If you want to take your car up a notch, this could be the right choice for you!