What to Know Before Purchasing A Luxury Car?

For many people, a luxury car symbolizes wealth, power and success. A luxury car reflects your social and economic status, plus it provides a cozy ride while navigating the roads. While a luxury car can have many benefits, there are many different things to consider before making such a costly purchase.

If you are in the market for a luxury car, here are a few tips to help your decision:

Pre-owned VS. Brand New 

There are advantages and disadvantages to purchasing a used vehicle, but it is a little different for purchasing a luxury car. Luxury vehicles require more maintenance and require more expensive repairs. The decision to purchase a used luxury vehicle over a new one will be based on the buyer’s budget. Naturally, most people want to purchase a brand-new luxury vehicle but a used one may be more affordable upfront.

Pre-owned vehicles come with costlier repairs that may occur more frequently. Luxury vehicles have costlier parts and labor rates, so the buyer may end up spending much more money on the vehicle as time goes on.

Brand new luxury vehicles come with a costlier price tag but will be in perfect condition and allows the buyer to purchase the exact car they are looking for.

Once decided on a pre-owned or brand-new car, the buyer can consider these other buying factors: 

Be sure of the car’s value. No matter if you are buying a new or used car it important to know what exactly the vehicle is worth. This is to ensure that you are receiving a fair deal and to check the vehicle’s residual value rating. This is an indicator of the vehicle’s quality and potential resale value.

Check the warranty– New cars come equipped with a full warranty which lasts for a set period of time. A used vehicle may not come with a warranty or it could be expiring soon. Before purchasing the vehicle, it is important to know what kind of warranty you will be guaranteed.

Vehicle maintenance– After purchasing any vehicle, you must be prepared to pay for any eventual repairs you will need. Because you are purchasing a high-quality vehicle you can assume that the repairs will be more costly than an average car. Before purchasing the vehicle, be sure that you can afford to maintain the vehicle’s condition. Without proper maintenance and regular service, your car will depreciate at a much faster rate.

Buying the Right Vehicle for You 

You may have seen many different cars you’ve fallen in love with and want to own. Just because you like the way a car looks, or the sound of the engine doesn’t necessarily mean it is the right car for you.

A car, especially one you will be driving every day, has to fit with your lifestyle, needs, and personal preferences.

With this knowledge, you can decide if a luxury vehicle is right for you and then move forward with finding the exact make and model.

First Class Detailing specializes in the maintenance of luxury vehicles in Tampa Bay, Belleair, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Crystal Beach, and surrounding areas. Our certified technicians also service boats, RV’s, motorcycles, and trailers. Check out our detailing services for your new luxury vehicle!

What to Know Before Tinting Your Car Windows

Window tint being applied to a dark colored vehicle.

There are many benefits to tinting the windows on your vehicle that benefit both the driver and improve the quality of the vehicle. Most new vehicles come equipped with a 15% visible light transmission factory tint on rear windows. The factory tint is not very significant and does not provide much protection for your car. Before tinting your window there are a few things you should know to ensure that it is done correctly.

Here are the advantages of tinting your vehicle’s windows:

Increased security

Nobody wants to be a target for thieves, but many people find crimes of opportunity. Simple things like leaving a purse, shopping bags, or other seemingly valuable items can be a source for potential burglaries. Tints can help reduce visibility into your car, thus preventing possible burglars.

Increased Visual Safety

Tinted windows and windshields help to reduce sun glare while driving. It can also protect against harmful UV rays from the sun. This can help improve driving safety and increase visibility for drivers. Tints also help reduce glares from other vehicles. Many drivers are starting to use blue LED headlights which can be extremely bright. Incoming headlights can be distracting and impair vision, especially at night. Window tints help to reduce the glare created by oncoming lights in traffic, helping you to drive safer.

Interior Protection 

The sun’s rays can penetrate your windows and heat your seats which causes fading or cracks on the leather interior. This damage can significantly decrease your vehicle’s value and become expensive to repair. Tints help reduce the amount of sunlight coming into your car and protect your interior from sun damage.

Reduce Cooling Costs 

Driving with the air conditioning on uses about 20% more fuel than without it. While tints do not stop your car from heating up during the warm seasons, it does significantly reduce the temperature in your car. By blocking out the sun, window tints can help save money by using less air conditioning in your vehicle.

With these benefits in mind, you may want to tint your vehicle’s windows as soon as possible. With a quick google search, you can find a variety of options and even how-to videos that teach you how to tint the windows yourself. While this may be effective, it is important to be aware of what tinting system will work for your car and be mindful of the tint laws within your state.

The tint laws refer to the visible light allowed through your car windows and the reflectiveness of your windows. These laws are strict, and violators can face a fine of up to 300 dollars.

Here are the laws for tints in Florida: 

Tint darkness for sedans:

Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line.

  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 28% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Must allow more than 15% of light in.
  • Rear Window: Must allow more than 15% of light in.

Tint darkness for SUV and vans: 

  • Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 28% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Must allow more than 6% of light in.
  • Rear Window: Must allow more than 6% of light in.
Window tint on a black vehicle.

To ensure that your tints are in full compliance with the laws, it is best to use a professional auto servicing company. 

First Class Detailing specializes in the maintenance of luxury vehicles in Tampa Bay, Belleair, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Crystal Beach, and surrounding areas. Our certified technicians also service boats, RV’s, motorcycles, and trailers. If you want professional tinting services, check out our window tinting page for rates!