Are you planning to install car window tinting on your vehicle? Most likely, you’re doing this to increase the car’s aesthetics. Or maybe you want to make your vehicle feel more private.
However, did you know that investing in window tinting for your vehicle offers several financial benefits in addition to the aesthetic ones? Applying window tint to your automobile could help to save you money in the long run. It’s one of the main reasons why you should consider tinting your car windows in the first place, for the financial benefits.
Yes, hiring a professional to apply window tint film does require an upfront investment. However, over time, the financial benefits outweigh the initial costs of installation, leaving you with a positive ROI.
Let’s review a few of the financial benefits associated with tinting your windows.
- Increased Fuel Efficiency
The inside of a vehicle can get very hot in a matter of minutes especially if you allow the sun to shine directly into the vehicle. For instance, it is not uncommon for car temperatures to climb in excess of 100 degrees, even when it is just 60 degrees outside.
Installing window tint in your car helps prevent this scenario. It does so by stopping the sun rays from fully entering your vehicle, this is known as VLT, thus lowering the overall temperature inside the vehicle.
Keeping your vehicle cool lowers the amount of time you need to run the vehicle’s air conditioner. This improves the fuel efficiency in your vehicle and saves you money you’d have spent to keep your vehicle cool in the summer and spring months.
With this, you’ll notice the difference in how much you spend on gas as well.
Added Bonus: You’ll be helping the planet by reducing your fuel usage too.
- Prolongs The Requirement to Replace the Upholstery
Allowing the sun’s rays to constantly shine into your vehicle does more than make it hot inside. Over time, it damages your car’s upholstery.
It doesn’t matter whether you have cloth or leather seats, the upholstery will start to fade and erode when exposed to the intensity of UV rays for sustained durations. The damage reduces the value of your car and may require you to change the upholstery at some point in the car’s life. By being proactive and applying window tinting film earlier in the car’s lifespan, you are slowing down the damage to the car’s seat materials. This in turn keeps the overall value of the vehicle higher for longer.
Installing car window tint is the way to go. It prevents the sun’s UV rays from penetrating your vehicle and damaging your vehicle. It offers the protection you need to keep your vehicle’s interior safe.
- Deters Burglary and Car Break-Ins
While not a direct result of tinting your vehicle, statistics have shown that cars with tinted windows experience less break-ins than cars without tinted windows. The theory is that burglars are not sure A) What items are in the car with tinted windows, since they cannot see in as clearly and B) They are not sure whether the car is empty or not. Therefore, cars without tinted windows are the ‘easier targets’ and are broken into 38% more often.
By investing in window tinting up front, you are mitigating the chance of a car break-in and potentially avoiding hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage and stolen property.
- Health Is Wealth (An Investment In You)
The car’s upholstery isn’t the only thing that’ll suffer from UV rays. You are also putting yourself in harm’s way when you don’t tint your car windows. How?
Without car tint, the sun will shine on your skin as you drive the vehicle. If this happens for an extended period, there’s a higher chance you’re exposing yourself to skin cancer.
According to statistics, at least 20% of the general population will develop cancer at some point in their life. Most people do it by exposing themselves to the sun without sunblock. That’s why you need to install the right shade of window tint on your vehicle.
- Eliminates Sun Glare
By now you know the harm that the sun can do when it shines into your vehicle. But did you know that allowing sun into the vehicle can cause glare that temporarily blinds you while behind the wheel? Such an incident may lead to an accident.
Different people try different methods for dealing with sun glare. Some drive with their car sun visors open, others wear sunglasses, while others especially those with medical conditions avoid driving at certain times of the day.
Tinting the front windshield offers you a perfect opportunity to deal with the sun’s glare. For those with medical conditions, you can apply for a darker shade of car tint beyond the legally allowed one by citing medical reasons.
There are many financial benefits of car window tinting. Many of them come in the form of long term investments. Both in the car’s upkeep and condition, as well as your personal safety. If you’re on the fence about tinting your windows, ask yourself, “is it worth tinting my vehicle?” Then take time to see how tinting your car helps save money and go green in some instances.