5 Hidden Benefits of Car Window Tinting

5 Hidden Benefits of Car Window Tinting

5 Hidden Benefits of Car Window Tinting - Photo of a window tint technician installing film on the hatch window of a vehicle. What’s the first thing you think when you see a vehicle with tinted windows? That it looks cool, right? Window tinting makes a vehicle stand out, like sunglasses for a car, but people who have tinted glass know that it’s about more than style. The real beauty of car window tinting lies in its functionality, offering five distinct benefits …

1.Vehicle Interior Protection

Tinted auto glass blocks 99 percent of UV rays, which degrade interior surfaces. It also blocks infrared (IR) radiation (long wavelengths of light that are invisible to the human eye but which transmit heat into the vehicle), reducing surface temperatures of the vehicle interior by as much as 60 degrees. Pullout: FACT: The sun gives off half its total energy as IR radiation, so there’s a lot of it in sunlight. Keep UV and IR rays outside the vehicle, and you have a significantly cooler ride. Over time, this radiation shield preserves your vehicle’s upholstery and hard surfaces, as well. Leather and vinyl age much more rapidly in the presence of heat and UV rays, becoming prematurely cracked and faded. Window tinting prevents this damage, maintaining the value of the vehicle.

2. Fuel Efficiency

Because window tinting cools the cabin, it allows the air conditioning to run less often, which can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 25 percent in hot weather. Efficiency is boosted even more for hybrid and electric vehicles. In either case, the cost savings can be significant.

3.Passenger Comfort

You’ve probably had the experience of burning yourself on parts of a car interior, or peeling your bare legs off of a sticky, vinyl seat on a blistering hot day. Vehicle interiors can get so sauna-like in the summer that they’re not even fun to climb into. Driving should be fun, and tinted windows add a lot of enjoyment to the experience. With window tinting, the vehicle stays cooler all the time, even when it’s sitting empty in a mall parking lot for three hours in 100 degree sun. Interior temperatures without tinted glass can reach 120 degrees in 20 minutes and 133 degrees in an hour. Having a radiation shield attached to the windows makes it a much nicer space to escape to after a long day of shopping. Or fishing. Or working all day. Window tint takes the road-trip experience to a whole, new level. Cooler temperatures, less glare to contend with … you get hooked on it, once you’ve tried it.

4. Driver and Passenger Protection

Everyone knows that UV rays can give you skin cancer, but not everyone knows that window tinting film cuts 99 percent of this harmful radiation. Ninety percent of skin cancer cases are caused by exposure to the sun, and Americans spend and average of 34 hours per year driving. Starting to get the picture? Most people don’t put on sunscreen before driving somewhere, but that’s a lot of time in the sun, so maybe we should. Tinted windows literally save lives.

5.Driving Safety and Security

Improved Driving Visibility

Window tinting improves driver visibility by reducing glare, a benefit that comes in handy when you’re dealing with oncoming headlights, snow and water reflections or those blinding flashes that happen when another vehicle reflects the sun straight into your eye like a laser beam.

Tighter Security

Imagine you’re a thief. You’re wearing black to conceal your presence as you slip through the night with cat-like movements, car-to-car, down a quiet street. You’re watching everywhere at once, ready to bolt at the slightest sound of another person. You pass a quick glance into each vehicle as you walk by it, looking for purses, briefcases, cell phones, cameras, musical instruments, anything you can pawn for a few bucks. What do you do when you come upon a car with window tinting? You move on. You can’t quickly see if there’s anything worth stealing, and it’s not worth making enough noise to find out. You’re a thief, but you’re a cowardly thief, a rogue of ill repute who will probably go to jail. Shame on you. Shame. When you have tinted glass, you can say, “Well, mister thief man, you won’t be stealing my stuff because I have tinted glass.”

Stay Cool

5 Hidden Benefits of Car Window Tinting - Photo of a sleek sedan with window tinting driving on the open road. Window tinting looks cool. No matter what you drive, it adds a subtle Batman element that not only turns heads, but also improves the resale value of your vehicle. If you’re ready to upgrade your ride, tinting gives you excellent bang for your buck, and it adds new layers of cool to the driving experience.

Is Paintless Dent Repair an Option For You?

Is Paintless Dent Repair an Option For You?

Is Paintless Dent Repair an Option For You?

Whether it’s major or minor, auto body damage is definitely a major inconvenience. But a relatively new technique called paintless dent repair (PDR) has dramatically reduced costs for many types of minor damage, including small dings, dents and hail damage. But how do you know if this technique is an option for you? In this article we’ll explore PDR, how it’s done and what types of damage it can repair.

What Is PDR?

Unlike traditional collision repair, which relies on sanding, putty fillers and repainting, PDR preserves the car’s original paint job, restructuring the damage by using special tools to artfully place pressure on the dent and push it back into its original shape. PDR works on most types of shallow dents in which the vehicle’s original paint has not been compromised. If the dent is shallow and the metal isn’t creased, paintless dent repair can usually be employed, and it’s a much more affordable option than traditional body work. It also takes a lot less time, so you can expect a relatively fast turnaround on the work. PDR is a great solution for hail damage as long as the clear coat is not compromised. PDR is a quick and easy process compared to the expensive, time consuming work of matching paint, grinding, puttying and/or replacing parts.

PDR vs Other Methods

Previous methods included replacing parts or using suction cups to repair the dent. The problem with replacing parts is that it can become expensive (and aftermarket parts can lower the car’s resale value). Suction cup techniques leave traces of the repair and have to be repainted. Paint-matching, especially on older vehicles where UV damage has faded the color, can be challenging. But after PDR, you drive away with same paint you drove in with; which maintains the value of the car over time. Paintless Dent Repair vs Other Methods

How PDR works

PDR techniques push out the dent from behind—or occasionally, tap at the perimeter of the damage from the outside to “pop” the surface back into place. Technicians may also remove and reinstall door trim or headliners, so they can access pressure points. Rather than using suction cups, PDR sometimes employs glue pulling. Technicians use glue heated to a precise temperature to adhere tabs to the damaged area, then use a mini-lifter to raise the dent. Traditional suction cup methods raise the entire dent at once and can pull unevenly or too far, creating a raised area. PDR tabs can be strategically placed in the correct regions of the dent to return the surface to precise smoothness.

DIY PDR Gone Wrong

For the sake of discussion, let’s say you’re good with cars; you change your own oil, do your own tune-ups … awesome; very good skills to have. But none of that prepares you for the skillsets used in PDR, which amounts to basic metal-smithing. It takes training and practice, and that PDR kit you’ve seen on Amazon will not give you the skills to do the job. Also, the tools in many of these kits are poor quality or poorly designed, which makes the job even more difficult.

A trained technician knows how to:

  • Anticipate the behavior of the body when certain pressure points are used.
  • Prevent over-pulling, which can lift the dent too far.
  • Keep the paint finish intact. Many beginners accidentally chip the paint while attempting PDR, which makes the damage much more expensive to repair.
  • Return dings and dents to a like-new finish, as if the damage never happened.
How Much Does PDR Cost?

How Much Does PDR Cost?

On average, a door ding costs between $50 and $75, depending on the severity of the damage. The cost of a repair is dependent on dent size, depth, and location. Dent size is usually compared to coin sizes. You may hear a technician say, “dime sized damage” or “quarter size damage.” Dent depth is a factor, as well.
  • Nothing Beats Your Original Auto Body Paint
  • Paintless dent repair keeps your original paint job intact, which preserves the vehicle’s resale value. It costs less and takes less time than traditional body work. Not all types of damage can be repaired with PDR, including creases or damaged paint, but when PDR is an option, it can a be a real time and money saver. Give us a call to learn more about PDR for your vehicle, or stop by the shop, and we’ll take a look at it.