Window Tinting – Should You Tint or Not?

People tint their windows for all sorts of reasons.  Most of us do it simply out of personal preference. Keep in mind there are pros and cons when tinting your windows.


  • Privacy—obviously some people like the privacy of tinted windows. You can look out, while others can’t look in.
  • Protection– If people can’t look in, they don’t know if there is something there to steal. Let’s face it, thievescar window tint break car windows because they can see something inside the car they want to get to quickly and run away. If they can’t see it, it’s as if it didn’t exist in the first place. Some folks argue that the tinting film gives extra integrity to the window itself making it less likely to shatter or crack.


  • Reduced visibility at night– most states make it illegal to tint your front windshield, but even if it is only the other windows that are tinted, your view can be obscured at night increasing your chances for accidents to happen.
  • Legal Issues– Depending on which state you live in you may run into some trouble if the window tint is darker than allowable limits. Search the web. Information on your state’s laws regarding tinting should be readily available. For the state of Washington, it’s 24%. This means that you can only block 24% of the light coming into your car. In other words, 76% of light must pass through your windows in order for your tint to be legal.

The Bottom Line – weigh your options for your situation and circumstances. When it comes down to it, tinting is really a matter of personal preference. If the pros outweigh the cons, then darken your windows within legal limits. Be sure to consult a trusted professional tinting establishment.

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