Single cab trucks - $125
Extended cab trucks - $165
Full-size Vehicles- $200
Mid-size SUVs, wagons
Mid-size cargo glass - $250
Large SUVs, wagon
Large size cargo glass - $275
Extra large SUVs, vans
Large size cargo glass - $300
Single quarter or triangle window (Small) - $20 Single quarter or triangle window (Medium) - $25 Single quarter or triangle window (Large) - $35 Front strip - $35
Single door window -$35
Sunroof (Panoramic sunroofs are extra) - $45
Front windshield - $100
Rear windshield - $100
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Perhaps the tint was bubbling or peeling off the car that passed you, giving it a less-than-desirable look. As is often the case, you get what you pay for — and auto window tinting is no exception.
DIY tint kits, which typically cost under $100 and less than professional tinting services, are available to buy online, but auto experts say applying tint requires precision and skill.
Often times, people will install cheap film on the glass and it looks good at first, but within a year it starts to come off the glass.
Cost to tint car windows
There are a number of businesses in Jupiter Florida and all over Palm Beach County that offer professional window tinting at competitive prices.
Shop owners in San Antonio Texas typically charge $25 to $50 per window, but offers discounts for tinting the entire car, which typically takes about two hours for a standard car and longer for larger vehicles.
A basic tint for an average-sized car using standard film may cost $99 for the entire vehicle. Using higher quality tint costs between $199 to $400 for the entire vehicle, depending on several factors. That’s the price for higher performing films. The more heat the film offered rejects the more the price goes up. Shops around the country say the most common request their shops gets is from customers wanting just the front two windows tinted.
Shop owners in Charlotte North Carolina, say their prices range from $120 for a small pickup to $380 for vans. They say prices vary depending on the type of vehicle, how many windows it has and whether dyed, metalized, ceramic or IR ceramic tint is used. In this area, shop owners typically charge $240 color stable dyed tint, with prices going up slightly for midsize and large SUVs. If you don’t want the entire car tinted, they charges $25 for the visor strip on the front windshield and $60 for the front two windows.
According to Cost Helper, across the country, prices range rather drastically. Window tinting can cost $50 to $600 for using standard, non-reflective tint and $100 to $800 for high-performance metalized, ceramic, IR ceramic and decorative tint.
Benefits of window tinting
It’s estimated that window tinting blocks up to 99 percent of UV rays and cools the car down by 60 percent or more, which protects people from the sun and your car’s interior from fading or cracking. A lot of people have their cars tinted because they want to block the heat. Some want it for privacy, too.
Another benefit to having a professional tint your car is reputable companies should know the law when it comes to local or state regulations regarding tint and how dark windows are allowed to be. States have different laws, and it’s important to check your state’s law before getting your windows tinted.
Professionals also use higher quality film and guarantee the tint is applied evenly without any bubbles or debris. It’s a skilled labor that’s typically done with a heat gun that contours the film to the glass. There’s a chance someone with less experience can scratch the glass, moldings, damage the car’s paint or even the interior or exterior with a razor blade or heat gun.
The benefits of having a professional installation done primarily is the warranty and secondarily the quality of the installation. Most manufacturers like LLumar Films offer a lifetime warranty against color change, bubbling and peeling with proof of purchase from an authorized installer.
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If you check on Angie's List, you'll quickly discover that most shops charge a minimum of $99 and up to $800 for a whole car depending on the grade of film you choose and the type of vehicle you own. One word of warning though about the ninety-nine dollar tint jobs: you get what you pay for. In addition to shops, you can also buy pre-cut tint kits online. Pre-cut kit prices vary widely as well but you can get a complete kit from most sites for under $75.
Does Professionally Installed Tint Cost More?
Having your window tints installed by a shop or mobile tinter will certainly cost you more. Naturally, you're paying for a service so you can expect to pay more for the know-how and the time of the person installing your tint. Generally you can expect to pay between $25 to $50 per window but this usually includes the cost of basic 1-ply tint film. In general, you can usually get a discounted rate if you have all of your windows tinted at once so be sure to keep that in mind when considering having your windows tinted.
Other Factors to Consider When Tinting
Other factors to consider are the type of tint to be use. For example, will you be going for the cheapest, dyed window tint or are you going to insist on metallic, ceramic or IR Ceramic heat-rejection tint? Expect to pay up to 3 to 4 times more for specialty tint but, in these cases, it's certainly recommend having a pro install your tint.
Pros of Do-It-Yourself Window Tinting
If your budget is your primary concern but you still need the privacy and heat rejection of pre-cut auto tints then buying a tint kit online is the way to go. There are literally dozens of sites you can find who will sell you pre-cut partial or complete kits for pennies on the dollar when compared to professional tinted car window installation. Other common ways to order window tint online are by filling out text boxes with your vehicle's information although you'd better hope that whoever is cutting your tint is as good a reader as they are a tinter!
Cons of DIY Tints
The biggest downside about buying your own pre-cut kits online is that it is no easy task. Installing window tint well takes time and patience, things which may seem to be in short supply these days. Another con to DIY kits is that you really need to be sure of the legality of window tint in your state. When you buy from a shop you're buying their knowledge too. When you do it yourself you need to be sure to check your local laws.
Pros Professional Window Tinting
When you have your car's windows tinted professionally you can expect that the job will be done better than you could have done it or, at the very least, it will be done while you're doing something else. In addition, most shops will warranty their work and tints so if you experience any problems you usually have some recourse. Probably the best reason to get your windows tinted by a local shop is for legal issues. A local shop will know your local jurisdiction's laws regarding the VLT (darkness) of the window tint so you can either ask them to go as dark as is legal or they can tell you your options face to face.
Cons of Local Window Tint Installation
Of course, price is always going to be the number one con of having your windows tinted locally. When it comes to any service you want to be sure to check their reviews online and by word of mouth. Does your local shop use only the cheapest tint? How many years have they been in business? Finally, local window tinters may not offer every type of film on the market. Don't expect your local mom and pop tint shop to carry every brand of carbon, ceramic, metallic and dyed film out there. It's simply not possible for them to do so and most shops usually buy from one brand or distributor so if you have your heart set on a specific type of film, online DIY tint is the way to go.
The Final Analysis
When it comes down to it, the question of DIY versus professionally installed pr-ecut tint is a function of budget and time. If you have the time but not the budget then a complete vehicle tint that costs less than $75 total is the way to go and can be had from a number of sellers online. If, however, money is no object and you're short on time then it only makes sense to choose a local shop to have your windows tinted.