Auto Window Tinting 101: FAQs From Curious Customers

If you are looking at customizations you would like to make to your car, one of the first options that could come up is tinting the car's windows. Tinted car windows automatically give a vehicle a different appearance, and this is a customization that is relatively affordable to do. Take a look at some of the most common questions prospective customers tend to have about having their car windows tinted. 

Can you see through tint after dark?

Darker tint can change how well you see after dark, but not to an extent that it would be dangerous to have. Most drivers do not have any problems with visibility if they have their car windows tinted. However, if you have problems seeing after dark, it can be better to stick with a lighter hued tint for your car windows for this reason. Even though the tint can slightly change how you see after dark through certain windows, it can also be advantageous. For example, if you have issues with glaring lights shining through side or rear windows that affects your ability to see, the tint can actually help you while driving after dark. 

Is it true that dark tint is illegal or can get you pulled over?

Tint regulations are determined by the state where you live. Just about all states have certain outlines that state how dark the tint on a vehicle is allowed to be legally. Therefore, yes, you can get pulled over if your tint appears too dark compared to what is legally allowed in your area. A few examples of the window tint laws in different states include: 

  • In Alabama, tint that reduces light transmission to less than 32% is illegal
  • In California, tinting is only allowed if your car has side mirrors and the tint must provide 200 feet of visibility 
  • In Michigan, no designation is given; only that side and rear window tinting is allowed

Will the window tint be installed inside or outside of the glass?

Window tint is installed on the inside of your car's glass. Applying the tint on the inner side of the glass keeps it protected from the elements. If the tint were to be installed on the outside of the glass, it could easily get scratched and dinged during ice or hailstorms. Plus, the adhesive used to hold the tint in place could break loose if exposed to too much moisture. 

For more information, contact a company like City  Glass today.