The scenario: You’re stopped at a stoplight, and all of a sudden, a sleek-looking car rolls up right next to you. You immediately notice it has all the bells and whistles: a flawless paint job, shiny wheels, and of course, professionally tinted windows. It’s called car envy, and everyone has most likely experienced it at one time or another (unless you’re Jay Leno, perhaps).
Tinted windows are one of the most immediately recognizable car customizations on the road. If you see a luxury car cruising by, it most likely has its windows tinted darker than the standard factory model. Not only does tinting elevate the appearance of a vehicle, but it also offers many other benefits. And, window tinting installation doesn’t have to break the bank.
One of the greatest benefits of tinting your car windows is the added privacy it provides for your vehicle. Although you should never leave valuables in your car, sometimes it’s inevitable. With tinted windows, you can feel more comfortable knowing that your phone, shopping bags, or other belongings are hidden from plain sight.
Window tinting helps block out the sun’s harmful UV rays, which in turn can preserve the interior of your car. Dashboards, as well as leather and cloth seats, can fade and crack after years of sitting in the hot sun. This not only shows the age of your car, but can also hurt its resale value. Window tints block the majority of UV rays that cause damage and discoloration, and can help keep your car interior looking fresh, longer.
You wear sunblock when you go to the beach, but not many people think to put it on when they’re driving or riding in a car. While a windshield provides optimal sun protection, most side and rear windows only absorb approximately 65% of UV rays. According to a 2007 research study, it was found that those who drove more had a greater chance of getting skin cancer on their left side (the part closest to the driver side window). Professional window tints can block up to 99% of UV rays, keeping your skin healthy.
Summers in San Diego can be brutal, especially in the East and South counties. According to PETA, on a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just a matter of minutes. These hot temperatures can create hazardous conditions, causing seats and metal accessories inside the car to become so hot they can cause injury. If your windows are tinted, however, your car can stay up to 60% cooler during those hot summer months. This means less time waiting for your car to cool down, as well as a safer environment for your children, pets, and even yourself.
Shatterproof & Scratch-Resistant
While window tinting offers a certain aesthetic value, it also provides very practical benefits. Many tint manufacturers produce scratch-resistant film, which can help protect your windshield from debris and small rocks. The film adhesive also minimizes shattering in case of an accident, helping to protect the driver and rest of the vehicle from damage from shards of glass.
At Car Audio City, our professional technicians use only the best window tinting materials to prevent bubbles and peeling. American Standard Window Film is one of the best and most trusted brands in tint, and a quality product we stand by at Car Audio City. Window tinting is available by appointment only. Call us today for a quote.