Local Auto Windows Tinting
Start by consulting Angie's List, where you can read through the experiences of other car owners with pros in your area. Before selecting a company, contact several installers for estimates, visit their shops to see the product and ask questions such as the following:
1. How long have you been in business?
2. What's the warranty on your products and workmanship?
3. Is the warranty transferable if I sell my vehicle?
4. Are you an approved product installer?
When visiting the shop, confirm that the workroom is indoors and neat and clean for a dust-free work environment. Observe the employees for professionalism and friendliness.
Ask to see samples of their tint jobs. Check their work closely for any gaps or bubbles. Find out if the tint is applied in one piece or several pieces. Instead of cutting the tint by hand, some installers use a computer laser cutter for a more precise fit.
Discover whether the installer understands the local tinting laws. The degree of tinting is regulated by local law enforcement and varies from state to state. Oftentimes, the state requires more stringent regulations on tinting the front window as opposed to those located in the rear of the vehicle. The International Window Film Association released in May 2014 an updated list of state laws.
In some areas the installer must place a sticker on the car to prove the tint is legal. The amount of light visible through the tint is rated by Visible Light Transmittance (VLTs). Film VLT percent is the film alone and Net VLT percent is for the film and glass together.