Here is what you need to know when looking for a high-quality Car Tint Shop in your local area.
It is a very good thing to do your due diligence when looking for a high-quality window tint shop to get your vehicle tinted, so check out this article below by Harrison Hung for what he has to say about choosing a Car Tint Shop.
Most metropolitan areas have an abundance of car tint shop choices. In the Greenville SC area alone, there are 5+ different tint shops within about a 30-mile radius. How does a discerning consumer choose the tint shop that does quality work? What is the difference between a “Dr. Tint” and a “Quality Window Tinting”?
We at TintCenter.com Window Tinting Guides suggest that you do a little research.
Firstly, compile a list of 5 potential car tint shops that would likely do good work.
However ask your friends and co-workers who have tinted their cars which tint shops they chose, look in the Yellow Pages and mark down the tint shops with large professional advertisements, or come to TintCenter.com and get price quotes from local tint shops.
Once you have this list in-hand, its time to interview each Car Tint Shop dealer:
How long have you been in business at this location? Do you have other shops in the area?
Good tint shops prosper despite local competition by offering good service at reasonable prices. We suggest that you find a tint shop that has been in business for 5 or more years at the same location. Therefore this shows a stable business that will be there years down the road if somehow the tint goes bad.
Often times, successful tint shops open car tinting branches in neighboring cities. Although the installers of the branches may not be the master tinter of the bunch, opening new shops means training new employees; however, branches are a sure sign of a successful tinting business.
What types of films do you carry? What warranty do you offer on your work?
Quality tint shops carry complete lines of window film from one or multiple window film manufacturers. They should carry dyed, hybrid, and metallic window films in a variety of colors and darknesses.
Beware of tint shops that only carry one or two lines of the film, and sell them aggressively. They may have acquired this film on sale, and may not be thinking of your unique requirements and concerns.
The warranty on the car tint varies depending on the window film you choose.
TintCenter recommends that you install only window film backed with a lifetime warranty for materials and labor. Most films don’t guarantee color and fading, it is recommended that you also choose one that does. For the warranty to take effect, remember to get only a legal window tint for your car.
Illegal tint can nullify any manufacturer’s warranty. When you purchase your tint, be sure you get a manufacturer’s warranty card from the dealer with the date, the window film used on each window, and the total cost of installation as well as the receipt.
Can I visit your tint shop? Can you show me a sample of your work?
Tint shops can sound like the best shop on the phone, but 15 minutes on-site should tell you all you need to know. Good dealers pay attention to customer service.
They should be happy and willing to spend the time to talk to you and explain how their shops work.
Remember, if they don’t spend time with you now, will they spend time with you when something goes wrong with your tint job down the road? A tint shop’s work area should be indoors and clean.
Their tools and window films are organized in a professional manner. If the tint shop is outdoors or in a parking lot, this is a negative since it is critical to remove all dust and dirt from the windows before applying window film. Now take a look at a car they have already tinted, and look at the rear window.
Is the window film applied in a single piece or is it cut into strips that surround the defroster lines?
The best tint shops always apply film in a single piece. Now look at the borders of the rear window, in many cars, there is a black ‘frit’ edge on the window, Make sure the window film is securely attached to the frit as well. Pay attention to side-windows.
The window film should be applied to the inside and be completely flush against all 4 edges of the window. Now, look at the window film itself.
Don’t worry if the film looks slightly streaky and discolored, window film takes a couple of weeks to dry out and become completely clear.
If there are bubbles of air under the film or the film itself is not completely flat against the window, this is a sure sign of sloppy tinting.
Consider Doing it Yourself!
If you are a handy person who enjoys car and home projects, installing your own film costs between $60 – $100 to purchase DIY car tint kits that are custom cut to match the windows of your vehicle. After gaining some experience in car tint installation, you can continue the savings by installing a film for friends and family.
Get price quotes as well as use our Free Online Price Quote from each dealer for the exact darkness, color, and type of window film you want.
Never compromise because there are plenty of other dealers out there that will offer your perfect tint. With these price quotes and your research on each tint shop, make the decision. Refer to the cost of a car tint article to help you rank the dealers.
After you make your decision, remember to always make an appointment with the tint shop before you tint your car. Even if they say “drop-ins accepted” or “bring it over any time”, you want your tinter to be calm and prepared for you when you arrive.
Tinting may take a couple of hours to half a day, so either arrange a ride or go to a nearby coffee shop with a good book. Enjoy!
So did you know about all that, or even think about this when you thought of getting your windows tinted at your local car tint shop?
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