6 Mistakes with Window Tinting to Avoid for New Car Owners

If you are considering getting your new car’s window tinted, this guide can help you do it correctly. Here are mistakes with window tinting you need to avoid.

Tinting your vehicle’s windows doesn’t just make your car look “cool.” It can also protect the interior from harmful UV rays, reduce glare, and keep the inside of the car cool.

But that’s only true if you do it right.

It’s easy to make mistakes with window tinting, which can damage your windows. We’ve put together this guide to show you some of the most common window tinting mistakes and how to avoid them.

So let’s get started!

1. Going Too Dark 

You can’t just pick whatever type of window tint you want and apply it to your car. Every state has different laws when it comes to the type of tint you can use, and—on top of that—there are also specific laws for each window.

Because of this, you might not be able to put the same tint on every window in your car.

So before you buy any tint, you need to spend some time researching the window tinting laws in your state. Figure out how dark you can go so you don’t accidentally apply illegal film on your windows (otherwise, you could get pulled over and fined while on the road).

2. Trying to Apply the Window Tint Yourself 

Tinting your windows might seem like a simple job, but it’s not.

The process is a tricky one, and if you don’t have the right tools and experience, you can end up ruining your windows. For example, it might look okay at first, but over time it can bubble or start peeling. This can obstruct your view while driving, making it unsafe.

Taking the film back off is even harder than putting it on in the first place. You’ll probably have to take it to a professional to remove the film and fix the problem, which means you’ll have to spend more money in the long run.

It’s not worth trying to save a few bucks on a DIY job. You’ll get better results (and probably save more money) by taking it to a professional in the first place.

3. Choosing the Cheapest Quote 

While taking your car to a professional window tinting company is important, you shouldn’t just pick the company with the cheapest quote you can find.

Cheaper doesn’t always mean better. In fact, it tends to mean the opposite.

Companies that are willing to tint your car windows for cheap might not have a lot of experience, meaning they might not do a good job. There’s also a chance they’re using inexpensive, poor-quality film, which won’t last long.

It’s worth investing a bit of extra money into a company that charges more to get quality services that’ll withstand the wear and tear of driving and the local temperature.

4. Not Doing Your Research 

There are a number of things you should research before tinting your car windows.

The first, as we’ve already mentioned, is the window tinting laws in your area. But once you know how dark you can go, you should also learn about the different types of window tinting. Some are more reflective than others, and your state may have specific rules regarding these things as well.

But don’t limit your research to the film.

You should also spend some time researching window tinting companies so you can find one that has the best services at the most affordable price.

Start by finding a list of window tinting companies near you. Then take a look at how long they’ve been in the business (make sure it’s at least two to three years).

Call them or visit them in person and ask them about their experience, how much they charge, and if they can give you any referrals. They should be willing to answer your questions and provide you with any necessary documents. If they don’t, you may want to take your car somewhere else.

Once you know this information, you can pick the best company for your needs.

5. Picking the Cheapest Window Tint

No matter how tempting, you should never pick the cheapest type of window tint. The film is cheap for a reason. Odds are it won’t last very long, or it will bubble or distort.

Again, saving money on cheap film upfront will only cause you to spend more money fixing the problems later. It’s a better idea to invest in a quality film to start, which will help you save more money later.

6. Skipping the Warranty 

Are you normally a person who skips warranties?

You shouldn’t do it this time.

Since window tinting impacts your visibility while driving, it’s a good idea to get the warranty. If something goes wrong with your tinting and makes it difficult to see through your windows, the company will be able to fix the problem, which will keep you safer on the road.

In this case, getting the warranty is well worth the extra cost.

How to Avoid These Mistakes With Window Tinting

The best way to avoid these mistakes with window tinting is to take your time and do your research. Don’t try to rush through the process or save money by doing it yourself. Instead, find a professional window tinting company that can provide quality services (and help you save in the long run).

Not sure where to look?

We’ve got you covered! Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us or schedule an appointment with Elite Window Tinting today! 

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