The heat can make getting into our cars and trucks a bit brutal in the warmer months around Sterling, VA. There are some actions drivers can take to make it a bit easier but are those things worth the money? Let’s examine how we can keep our vehicles cooler in these summer months below!
VIRGINIA TINT LAW
Each state has its own laws for vehicle tint. As stated by Tinting Regulations.com, Visible Light Transmissions (VLT) is the percentage of light that gets through your car’s or truck’s windows. The lower the VLT by percentage, the darker the tint.
In Virginia, the law allows for different VLT% depending on the placement of the window: windshield, front, back, and rear. The percentages permitted for passenger vehicles are listed below.
- Windshield: Non-reflective tint above AS-1 Line or top 5 inches
- Front side windows: 50% VLT
- Backside windows: 35% VLT
- Rear window: 35% VLT
THE BENEFIT OF WINDOW TINT
We all know tinted windows make a car look a bit cooler, but it also helps to keep the interior cool. Studies have shown a properly tinted vehicle can cool the interior by 60%. Along with cooling down the interior, it helps to protect the more delicate components and adds to privacy from prying eyes in the Chantilly, VA, area.
HOW MUCH DOES TINT COST?
Like with many cosmetic additions, prices will vary. Those factors include the type of tint, warranties, vehicle type, and tint material. On average, a good tint job can range anywhere from $60 to $1000.
IS AUTO TINT WORTH THE PRICE?
Well, that depends on your goal. If you are the type, who finds Northern Virginia summers too hot to bear and appreciate privacy while you drive, yes. It is worth the money. However, keep in mind that Virginia winters can also be brutal. So, the vehicle’s inability to absorb the sun inside might make it a bit too cold the other half of the year. Again, it all depends on your goal.
Our team members tend to lean toward tint. Not only because it keeps the vehicle cooler on those warm days, but also because it looks great!
AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR & MAINTENANCE AT CASEY’S AUTOMOTIVE IN CHANTILLY, VIRGINIA
While we do not offer tinting services in-house, we do offer all sorts of automotive repair and maintenance services. Be it a simple oil change, custom builds and upgrades, engine repair, brake inspections, tires, exhaust, and more, we’ve got your back. And, if you are considering an automotive tint, ask one of our service advisors! Our team has connections all around Northern Virginia and is happy to offer a helping hand!