Most of us want better car fuel consumption and to stay cool in summer, but most of us overlook one of the easiest, long term ways to save – car window tinting.
HOW IT WORKS
The tinting film deflects much of the suns heat from being absorbed and then trapped in your car. Not only will you be more comfortable but you’ll also feel the need to use your air conditioner less often, and at a lower speed. This in turn is a fuel saver.
Conversely a window tint not only deflects the heat, but it also keeps the heat in your car from escaping, so keeps your car warmer in winter. Again this usually results in less power being used from the heater, saving you fuel.
Window tinting also reduces glare from rain and headlights, resulting in safer driving conditions. The tinting film also keeps glass in place even when it’s shattered, keeping you and your passengers safe.
Window tinting also reduces the effects of the harsh Australian sun on your interior. Dashboards, leather and vinyl last longer and don’t fade as quickly if protected by car window tinting.
And personally I believe vehicles with tinted windows look much smarter. Not a practical reason of course, just personal preference. A window tint also means it’s harder to see you directly in your car, regardless of what you’re up to!
HOW DO I GET MY CAR WINDOWS TINTED?
If buying a new car it’s always best to arrange the window tint as part of the new car delivery. Some manufacturers and makes provide window tinting pre-fabricated into the window. This ultimately provides a better finish and will avoid the ‘bubble’ effect some window tints can have. However most manufacturers will provide window tinting ‘after market’. This means they will use a specialist provider to place the tinting on the windows using a special film. When buying a new car this usually falls within your new car warranty.
If you have an existing car or looking to buy 2nd hand there are many reputable window tint companies who will provide an after market service.
TIPS FOR FINDING A WINDOW TINTING PROVIDER
Like anything there are the good and the not so good of the industry. So our top tips in finding a good window tinter?
- Ask your dealer. If you bought your car (new or used) from a dealer then they would have recommended businesses they use.
- Ask your mechanic. Your mechanic is likely to be using a good window tint company for their customers and will want to recommend someone they trust.
- Seek referrals. You’re likely to know someone who has had their car windows tinted. If they’ve had no problems their supplier is probably a good option.
- Source your own – but do due diligence. Ask your local if they provide a warranty, how long they’ve been in business and whether they have any references – viewing past work always helps.
CAN I OVER TINT?
Each state and territory has rules regulating the degree to which a window can be tinted, i.e. how much light can penetrate though the window. Generally the front windscreen must have a lower tint than the side or rear windows to aid driver visibility. Your window tint provider or local roads authority should be able to provide the right specifications. In any case you may opt to reduce the tint on your side and rear windows if you do a lot of night driving to reduce the amount of glare you may receive.
You should know that there are anti-tinting advocates who believe car window tinting shouldn’t be allowed or at least believe the regulations on the amount of visible light be increased. You should make your own judgement here in terms of the key reasons you are considering a window tint, how much night driving you do, and lastly your eyesight and how confident you are in ‘glary’ driving conditions. If any of these issues are a concern then you should consider whether window tinting is for you, and/ or consider the possibility of reducing the level of tint.
HOW CAN BLUE TORO MOBILE MECHANICS HELP?
We can help provide advice on the best car window tinting options for you and your vehicle. We only use reputable providers and of course can help organise window tinting for you – with the convenience of picking up your vehicle from your home or place of work. Call us on 1300 BLUE TORO / 1300 258 386 or Request a Quote.