Most vehicle windows come from the manufacturer with a factory tint, usually on the rear window. If you want to change the tinting on your car windows, you’ll need to pay someone to do the job for you. You could try to apply tint to the windows yourself, but the process requires special tools and knowledge.
What you can expect to pay
The cost of window tinting can vary according to the size of your car and the type of windows. Overly large or steep windows add to the cost. For the most part, a regular tint job using standard window tint should cost you roughly $99 for the entire vehicle. If you decide to go with a higher quality tint, you’ll need to dip into your bank account for at least $199 and up to $400 for the job.
If you add anything special, such as heat rejection technology, the price goes up. Trucks usually cost slightly more than cars to tint — $120 for a standard tint job. Vans, which have a lot of window surface, usually cost about $380 for the whole vehicle.
Factors that help determine the cost
Things to consider when having your windows tinted include:
- Vehicle size. This is the biggest determining factor when getting your car’s windows tinted. Vehicles with lots of windows cost more to tint.
- Window type. Oddly shaped or steep or curved windows add to the cost of window tinting, as they are more difficult to tint.
- The warranty. Getting a good warranty is a big factor when having your car’s windows tinted. It adds to the overall cost, but knowing that your windows are covered if the window color starts to fade or the tint film starts to come off can protect your investment.
- Types of window tint. Vehicle window tint comes in various qualities, colors and reflectivity.
Standard window tint is the most economical. It can provide UV protection, but its primary purpose is for appearance. Make sure the tint is color safe and will not fade over time. You should also get a warranty to guard against fading.
More high-quality window tint films include ceramic and carbon. While containing no metal, carbon window tint film tends to offer a darker finish that can block heat. Ceramic window tint films provide the highest quality film and can block intense solar radiation.
Metallic window tint film contains metal particles that strengthen the window and provide heat reflection properties. But metallic window tints can interfere with cellphones and GPS units in the car. Also, reflective metallic window tint could pose problems because many states have laws barring window tint from having too much reflectivity.
Before applying a window tint, check the local laws on tint reflectivity and darkness. You could get a ticket if your windows are darker than your state allows.