How Much Does It Cost To Tint Car Windows?

Getting a tint on your car windows can be an excellent way to keep your car a little more comfortable. The tint can help reduce glare while driving and make it more comfortable if you ever accidentally leave your sunglasses at home. Car tints can also help prevent the side of your car from heating up too much in the sun, though they can only help so much as long as you’re sticking to a legal tint level and color. 

Some cars even come with a small level of factory tint already applied to the windows, especially the rear windshield and back windows. 

But what if you’re looking for something more than a factory tint? How much does it cost to tint your car’s windows? 

Well, the cost of a tint can vary quite a bit by location, the color and quality of tint you want to use, and the person applying a tint. Some people will apply a tint for as little as $25 per window, but a higher quality tint can cost several hundred dollars, especially if you want to tint your whole car. 

Reasons To Tint Your Car

There are a lot of reasons to pay to get a tint on your car. The most common reason people pay for tinting is to help reduce the glare while driving and make the whole process a little more comfortable. A good sun tint can also increase your visibility when the sun is trying to shine directly in your eyes.

Some tints can even help with other kinds of driving glare, like the glare off snow or glass windows. Most tints aren’t powerful enough to make headlights, especially brights, any less noticeable. However, they can help limit light dispersion across your windshield and make it easier to see around headlight glare. 

Window tint can also reduce heat buildup inside your car, making it one of the best reasons to get your car windows tinted in warm and sunny climates. However, heat-reducing tints are generally available anywhere. 

It’s relatively common for people in places like Texas and Arizona, for instance, to value the heat-beating properties of a good window tint more than the glare reduction. 

A smaller number of people also like to tint their windows for mostly aesthetic reasons. Luxury car owners, in particular, tend to prefer the look of a tinted window compared to a regular window on their vehicles. 

The last reason you might want to tint your windows is for added privacy. This kind of tinting is less common since dark tints are illegal on some windows in many states. However, privacy tinting can make your car feel a little more private when you're on the road while also providing the same light and heat benefits as other tints. Common applications include chauffeur cars, some taxis, and cars intended for use with Uber and other ride services. 

Differences Between Different Qualities of Car Tint

There are a lot of differences between different kinds of car tinting. A good car tinting professional should be able to walk you through the differences in their products and make some suggestions about which tint option will work best for your car. 

However, unless you want to make a spur of the moment decision, it’s a good idea to know the differences in car tint. 

Durability

The main difference between different tinting film is the durability of the film. Even the cheapest films will usually give you a year or two of good performance before they need to be removed and replaced. However, more expensive tinting films typically last much longer. Some films will even last the car’s functional life, especially in high-use vehicles that are more likely to break down within a shorter period. 

There are two main problems with cheaper tinting film overall, colorfastness and bubbling. Cheap films tend to use cheaper dyes to create the tint. Those dyes will start to fade over time. They will generally fade faster in sunny climates and may fade even quicker if you live at a higher elevation where UV light is more intense. 

The first sign of fading tint dye is that it will start to turn purple and be less effective. 

Not too long after the dye starts to purple, it will fade entirely. Soon after that, the tinting film will begin to bubble up and obstruct your view. 

Other more affordable tints are more colorfast made from metal. These tints are an excellent option if you want a long-lasting solution on a budget, but they aren't great for modern cars since the metal can interfere with your radio and other wireless technology. Even some internal car sensors can malfunction if you use certain metal tints. 

Color-fast dye tints are a level up on cheaper versions and tend to have a slightly higher price tag. These dyes last longer than in the most affordable tints, but they will fade eventually, so you shouldn’t consider them a permanent solution.

The most durable and advanced films are Crystalline window tint film, which is made from hundreds of superfine layers. These tints tend to be longer-lasting and more effective. Crystalline tint also offers the highest level of heat resistance in addition to its more outstanding durability. 

Color Options

One of the other differences between different kinds of window tints is the available colors. Window tints come in a wide range of shades, and usually, a good tint will also come in a couple of slightly different colors within the legal range. 

More color options can indicate a higher quality tint since they have invested in a broader range of dyes for their product. 

Warranties

Low-quality window tint usually doesn't come with any kind of warranty since it will fade and bubble relatively quickly. Some tints will also start to lift or peel off the windows, another problem that would void the warranty of a more expensive tint. 

Having a good warranty on your window tint is a great way to judge its quality. Better window tints will offer warranties of 2 years or longer. Some window tints will even provide a limited lifetime warranty for colorfastness or against bubbling and peeling.