How Much Does Window Tinting Cost?

How much does it cost to get car windows tinted? The average cost of window tinting can be anywhere from $100 up to $1,000, depending on your vehicle. Tinting is a long-term investment that helps prolong the life span of your car’s interior and creates a comfortable environment for you as you drive.

There are a variety of factors affecting tint price, including the type of tint, warranties and how many windows you’re tinting. All of that said, let’s dive into how much window tinting is and the benefits that come with it.

Why Tint Your Car Windows?

Choosing to tint your car windows has several benefits:

  • UV protection: Tints on your windows can block up to 99% of the sun’s UV rays, keeping you protected while driving.
  • Interior preservation: UV rays can also affect your car’s interior, causing the seats and dashboard to fade over time. Having tinted windows can prolong the longevity of your vehicle’s interior.
  • Safety: When windows break, the tint film helps keep the glass pieces together, increasing your safety in the event of an accident.
  • Increased privacy: Window tints allow you to see outside your windows but make it difficult for others to see inside. The tints give you added privacy and security.
  • Enhanced comfort: They also help to keep the inside of your car cooler, especially during the summer. The tint decreases the glare from the sun, making for a more comfortable driving experience.
  • Improved gas mileage: Cranking up your air conditioner during the summer makes your vehicle use more gas. As window tints cool down the inside of your car, you can use your air conditioner less and add more mileage to your gas tank.
  • Enhances the exterior: Besides all of the functional features, window tints also improve the look of your car and give it an edgier body.

Factors That Affect Window Tinting Costs

When it comes to window tinting, a variety of factors affect the price. Below we outline these different factors and explain why they can influence the cost of your window tint.

  • Vehicle type: Cars with fewer windows cost less to tint. Similarly, cars with less complex windows will take less time and effort to install, which means less cost.
  • Unique vehicles: Some vehicles have unique aspects that increase prices. For example, the large glass roof on the Tesla Model 3 needs a lot of time and material for installation. Older vehicles can be more complex because there are no templates for them for a tint plotter and the tint must be hand-cut to size. That said, most shops won’t charge more. You will have a longer appointment time.
  • Cost of tint removal: If the installer needs to remove the previous tint or other gunk or glue, this adds time to the installation and increases costs. If glue or gunk is minimal, shops typically remove it without charging you.
  • Tint material: The type of material used to make the window tint film affects the price. Dyed window tint is more affordable than carbon or ceramic window tint
  • Installer experience: Installing window tint is an art. An experienced installer may charge more, but they know how to protect and handle the tint properly.
  • Overhead: A good tint shop needs high-end equipment to get the job done. They will also have a controlled environment ensuring minimal contamination of the finished product.
  • Brand of tint: You pay for what you get. The brand of window tint will affect the price. For example, we use FormulaOne window tint. FormulaOne has the industry’s best warranty and ranks highest in looks, durability and performance. Shops need a certification to install these quality window films. The manufacturer mandates this certification to ensure their tint consistently outperforms their competition.

How Much Does It Cost to Tint Windows?

Installers mainly base prices on the number of windows your vehicle has. For example, a coupe has two front windows and two smaller rear windows. A sedan has a front two with two larger rear windows and some smaller quarter panels. Station wagons and SUVs are more complex and have more windows. All of these cars will have different tinting costs.

Here is a list of car window tinting costs based on various types of vehicles:

Coupe Tinting Costs

If you have a coupe, you can expect to pay the following for tinting:

  • All sides and rear window: Starts at $229
  • All sides and rear package + sun strip: Starts at $279
  • All sides and rear package + front windshield: Starts at $389
  • Front two windows: Starts at $129
  • Front two windows + sun strip: Starts at $179
  • Front two windows + front windshield: Starts at $289
  • Front windshield: Starts at $159
  • Rear windshield: Starts at $129
  • Single window: Starts at $69
  • Sunroof: Starts at $79
  • Panoramic sunroof: Starts at $159

Want to schedule an appointment? Schedule a coupe window tinting appointment today!

Sedan Tinting Costs

Prices for tinting sedan windows begin at the following:

  • All sides and rear window: Starts at $265
  • Sedan all sides and rear package + sun strip: Starts at $315
  • Sedan all sides and rear package + front windshield: Starts at $465
  • Front two windows: Starts at $129
  • Front two windows + sun strip: Starts at $179
  • Front two windows + front windshield: Starts at $289
  • Front windshield: Starts at $159
  • Rear windshield: Starts at $129
  • Single window: Starts at $69
  • Sunroof: Starts at $79
  • Panoramic sunroof: Starts at $159

Want to schedule an appointment? Schedule a sedan window tinting appointment today!

Truck Window Tinting Costs

When it comes to trucks, the main factor that will affect the price will be the number of windows. Crew cabs take longer and require more material than a standard cab truck. Below are various price ranges for truck tint.

  • Standard cab truck – all sides and rear package: Starts at $185
  • Standard cab truck – all sides and rear package + sun strip: Starts at $235
  • Standard cab truck – all sides and rear package + front windshield: Starts at $345
  • Extended cab truck – all sides and rear package: Starts at $229
  • Extended cab truck – all sides and rear package + sun strip: Starts at $279
  • Extended cab truck – all sides and rear package + front windshield: Starts at $389
  • Crew cab truck – all sides and rear package: Starts at $265
  • Crew cab truck – all sides and rear package + sun strip: Starts at $315
  • Crew cab truck – all sides and rear package + front windshield: Starts at $425
  • Front two windows: Starts at $129
  • Front two windows + sun strip: Starts at $179
  • Front two windows + front windshield: Starts at $289
  • Front windshield: Starts at $159
  • Rear windshield tint: Starts at $129
  • One window tint: Starts at $69
  • Sunroof: Starts at $79
  • Panoramic sunroof: Starts at $159

Want to schedule an appointment? Schedule a truck window tinting appointment today!

SUV or Van Tinting Costs

When it comes to an SUV or van, the main factor which affects the price is the number of windows. If your vehicle is more of a cargo van, transport van or conversion van, you could pay more for your installation.

  • All sides and rear package: Starts at $329
  • All sides and rear package + sun strip: Starts at $379
  • All sides and rear package + front windshield: Starts at $489
  • Front two window tint: Starts at $129
  • Front two window tint + sun strip: Starts at $179
  • Front two window tint + front windshield: Starts at $289
  • Front windshield tint: Starts at $159
  • Rear windshield tint: Starts at $129
  • One window: Starts at $69
  • Sunroof: Starts at $79
  • Panoramic sunroof: Starts at $159

Want to schedule an appointment? Schedule an SUV or van window tinting appointment today!

Tesla Tinting Costs

Choosing to tint your Tesla windows will add to its overall sleek look. To protect your car’s electronics, we use leading tint brands, which puts your cost at the higher end of window tint technology. The pricing of window tinting for your Tesla will largely depend on the year, make and model and the tinting you’d like.

  • Tinting a Model 3: The extensive back window of the Tesla Model 3 is more like a panoramic roof. Installers need experience working with this roof and the correct size tint to create a seamless finish.
  • Tinting a Model X: The windshield on a Tesla Model X is so massive that it’s not even fair to call it a windshield but rather a panoramic roof. An installer also requires a specific-sized tint roll for this roof.
  • Tinting a Model Y: This model has a headliner along the sunroof. An installer must safely remove the headliner to tint the entire roof. The sunroof has drastic curves, so relief cuts need to be made in the tint to help it properly shape the glass’s contours. Most shops won’t even touch this type of project.

Want to schedule an appointment? Schedule a Tesla window tinting appointment today!

What to Consider When Choosing a Tint Installer

Window tint is an investment that should last you a long time. The longevity of your tint will only be as good as the installer. To get the best results, it’s essential to research and choose a reputable installer that can guarantee a high-quality finish. These tips will help you choose the right installer:

Installer’s Experience and Reputation

While an affordable installer may appear attractive, a less experienced installer can ruin your tint and cause you to have to pay more to replace the tint. Tinting is a craft that takes installers months to master. After training, an installer receives a certificate from a tinting company. Installers also need certifications for different types of tints because not all tints are equal.

Installer’s Certifications

Check that your installer has the correct certifications for the tint you want. It’s wise to choose a tint installer that is constantly investing in training their staff and stays up to date with the changes in tint technology.

Tint Warranty

Installers that are confident in their product will give you a warranty indicating how long the tint will last and covering certain damages throughout the span of the warranty. Typically, there are two warranties — one for the product and another for the workmanship. Choose a company that can guarantee your tint will last for a long time. You may sell your car while the tint is still under warranty, so it’s also smart to check if you can transfer the warranty to the new owner.

Customer Reviews

Research the company by checking review platforms and the installer’s website for feedback from other customers. People’s experiences with the installer and their satisfaction with the product are the best indication of their workmanship, communication and customer service quality.

Type of Film

It’s important that the installer’s tint is high quality. The shop should be able to provide you with the details of their products and clearly explain the installation process. Ask to see samples of the products and pictures of installations they’ve done in the past. The tint installer should be able to advise you on the right tint for your car, along with the window tinting regulations in your state.

Schedule a Tinting Appointment Today

Window tinting is a long-term investment that enhances your car’s overall look and your driving experience. As a result, you want to choose a reputable installer with the right knowledge, the proper certification and an excellent reputation to ensure the longevity of your installation.

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