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!