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After finally saving enough money for a down payment on a new car, I was really excited about customizing it and really making it my own. I spent a lot of time going through and thinking of different ways to make the vehicle unique, and it was exciting to see how far it was able to come. I completely replaced the seat covers, overhauled the electronics, and gave the engine a serious tune-up. When I was finished, the car ran like a gem, and it looked even better. This blog is all about enjoying your new vehicle and not taking great features for granted.


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Thinking of Tinting Your Car Windows? It's Best to Hire a Professional

by Arianna Tucker

Tinting the windows on your vehicle has a number of benefits: increased security from passers-by being unable to see any valuables in your car, protection for the car's interior due to tinting blocking ultraviolet light, and significantly reduced road glare. There are a number of do-it-yourself tinting kits on the market that allow you to tint your own windows. Unfortunately, these provide inferior results to professional window tinting; attempting to tint your windows yourself often causes numerous problems. The following are reasons why it's best to leave tinting to the pros.

Professionals Have the Right Environment and Expertise

Window tinting should ideally be done in a garage using an air filter, which professionals will have available. Attempting to do it yourself in your own garage or outside will allow dust or debris to attach to the tinting when you attempt to apply it. This causes two problems. First, the dust on the tinting will give the tinting an unattractive hazy appearance. Second, the dust interferes with the ability of the adhesive to bind the tinting to the interior of the window. Eventually, the tinting will begin to pull away from the window, causing air bubbles to form and the tinting to peel at the edges.

High-Quality Tinting Will Last

If you've ever seen cars with purple tinting, it's a good bet that the color didn't start out that way! Lower-quality window tinting common in do-it-yourself window tinting kits is susceptible to damage from ultraviolet rays. Eventually, sun exposure will cause the tinting to discolor and turn purple. In addition, it often makes the tinting darker and harder to see out of. Professional-grade window tinting very rarely suffers from this problem, and most often comes with a lifetime warranty. In the event that it does discolor, you can get it replaced.

Professional Tinting Keeps You Safe on the Road

When window tint is scratched, begins to peel, or forms air bubbles, it's definitely aesthetically unattractive. However, there's a much bigger issue with low-quality window tinting; namely, as it begins to degrade, visibility is greatly reduced. This creates a road safety issue when you cannot easily see out of your vehicle. In a similar way, discolored tinting also makes it more difficult to accurately watch for hazards when you're driving. Although many people install window tinting on their vehicles for aesthetic, privacy, or security reasons, there's also a great safety reason to have it installed. It reduces glare from the sun or from street lights, which makes driving safer. Professional window tinting with a lifetime warranty will make driving safer for you throughout the entire life of your vehicle.

Although it's tempting to try to save money by tinting your vehicle windows yourself, you may end up spending more money in the long run. If your self-installed window tinting begins to peel or discolor and you wish to replace it, a professional will need to remove the old tinting from your windows before installing new tinting. This is a process that takes almost as long as installing new tinting on plain windows, which will increase the cost of installation. It's much better to have a professional do it right the first time!