Window tinting fans either fall into two camps: those who feel that tinting keeps the car's temperature lower, and those who feel it makes the car look cooler. The exceptions are those who need tinting for medical needs (more on that later).
No matter the reason for tinting your car, it's important to remain cognizant of the legal ramifications of tinting your automobile within your local jurisdiction.
Today, we will get into some of the basics, and some do's and dont's.
Tinting refers to any level of light-blocking, whether through the windows, windshield, or the rear. Factory-outfitted tinting is generally legal in every jurisdiction, but it's the practice of aftermarket tinting which tends to garner the attention of law enforcement.
When it comes to determining where your tint stands with the law, it is advised that you start by consulting your state's statutes under the relevant sections. Depending on your state, tinting may refer to any kind of tint film that gets applied to the inside portion of your window, windshield sun visor strips, or any kind of sunscreen device attached to the glass using suction.
Your state will classify tinting on a spectrum, whereby a higher tint level corresponds with a higher percentage. Additionally, there will be further stipulations on what percentage tint is allowed on which pane of glass.
Is your tint breaking any laws?
Determining where on the tinting spectrum your tints fall may be difficult to ascertain. The safest option is to consult with your local tinting professional service. They will cut through all the technical jargon, and determine where you stand with the law. If your tints are illegal or they pose a safety hazard, the tinting professionals will assist with replacing the old tints with new ones that are in compliance with the law.