A Guide To Window Tint
One of the first questions window tinting shoppers want to know when they call our company is: How much does window tinting cost?
Although this is a very difficult question to answer, I will try my best here to explain some general pricing guidelines.
Purchasing window tint for your vehicle is just like buying a car, price ranges depending on what add-ons you get, but with window tinting it is for the film level you choose, how many windows your vehicle has, how much film will be used, and how difficult it is to install. For Example you can get a brand new Honda Accord starting at $24,000 with just the base model, it can quickly cost over $36,500 once a shopper adds such items as Bluetooth, Touch Screen, 10 speed shiftable automatic transmission, bigger 273HP engine, Honda Sensing, heated seats, dual A/C, leather seats, etc.
Considering that the average American sells or trades in their cars within the first five years of purchase, why do so many people elect to get so many upgrades? The answer is because most people understand the importance of getting what they want the first time so as to not have any regrets down the road. Because most Americans spend over 30 minutes a day in their vehicles, they want to make sure their vehicle will provide them with comfort, quality, longevity, and ease of use.
These same principles typically apply to most window tinting shoppers.
You’re going to be inside your vehicle almost every day for as long as you own it, and picking the right film with the right benefits the first time is critical to ensure comfortability and heat reduction.
Unfortunately, some shoppers only focus on the initial price for the tints with the goal of finding the cheapest installer, therefore sacrificing a nationwide lifetime warranty, quality film, customer service, and honesty, which inevitably leads to regret– especially considering you can’t remove and add new film for free if you don’t like the quality or it bubbles up. Check out our nationwide lifetime warranty article to see what it saves you.
The most common levels of film are:
As you can see there are a few options of film to choose from. When someone receives a quote from OC Tintz, we thoroughly examine each option as to educate the vehicle owner on each option’s benefits. We want to highlight its overall importance to the difference it will make to your vehicle and it’s interior heat.
What Does Window Tinting Cost?
The average cost for our Ceramic window film installation (Nationwide Lifetime Warranty QDP-Ceramic Charcoal) on all side windows and rear windshield is $299-$547, depending on how many windows, their size, and difficulty of install. For comparison our Standard film (Nationwide Lifetime Warranty QDP Charcoal) cost $179-$337, and High Performance cost $249-$442. But through the lifetime of the vehicle and your ownership of it Ceramic film will offer 1.5-2× the heat reduction our Standard and High Performance films do plus the added bonus of 76% Infrared Radiation Rejection, cutting the heat radiation you feel burning you by over half.
What Is So Difficult About Installing Window Film?
Window tinting has its fair share of difficult windows to cut, cramped rear decks to install rear windshields, big windows, hidden electronics that have the potential to get wet and damaged, and much more.
Take for example the Tesla Model 3, it has one of the longest rear windshields in the industry. It requires more film for it to be covered completly, thus adding more film cost and giving us a longer piece to install, bringing up the difficulty of the install.
Front windshields on the other hand have the dash right under them. We all know all the electonics, wires, modules, and computer that are hidden underneath. To tint it we need to take a lot of precaution: dash towel, soak rope, cover the computer, minimal water, and squeegee out the water at different angles. This is the reason why we charge a premium to tint windshields.
Another example is coupes: Camaros, Mustangs, Challengers, etc.. These vehicles don’t have much room in the rear seating area, making it difficult to reach the rear deck to squeegee out the water and for taller/bigger installers being cramped in the back trying to make it work.
All these situations raise the price of tint installation, therefore not all vehicles are quoted the same. Prices will vary
How Window Film Compares To Each Other
As you can probably see, the price ranges vary quite a bit, just as they should. Everyone has different tastes, goals, and budgets when it comes to Window Tint. As far as price comparison with different types of film, one might expect to find the following:
Standard Transferrable Lifetime Warranty XPEL PRIME CS Black Film
Standard film installation typically cost $179-$337 (amount of windows, size, and difficulty of install dependent). This is because in the industry it doesn’t offer the most benefits.
It offers 99.9% UV Rejection, up to 42% Heat Reduction depending on the darkness of the film, and up to 49% Solar Energy Absorbance.
Even though it does have some form of heat reduction it does not compare to the higher level films during the summer.
XPEL PRIME High Performance Transferrable Lifetime Warranty Film
High Performance window film installation cost $249-$442( depending on how many windows, size, and difficulty of install). Not much more than Ceramic film. When you look at the core material and benefits the difference start to come out.
The difference between High Performance, Standard, and Ceramic Films is that High Performance is made out of metal. This causes it to have little to no signal interference inside your vehicle.
Will it make a difference? With today’s technology probably not, but it does give it a different tone making it obsolete for factory matching to the rear windows.
High Performance offers up to 61% Heat Reduction depending on shade chosen, 99.9% UV Rejection, and up to 68% Solar Energy Absorbance.
XPEL PRIME XR Transferrable Lifetime Warranty Ceramic Film
Ceramic film installations typically cost $299-$1200 (depending on how many windows, size, and difficulty of install). This is the Bentley of window film.
It can be matched to factory rear dyed glass if you just want your front windows tinted giving the benefits, has a dark tone and great clarity when looking from the inside-out.
Ceramic film offers up to 66% Heat Reduction depending on the shade chosen, 99.9% UV Rejection, up to 83% Solar Energy Absorbance, and 85% Infrared Radiation Rejection.
Talk about drastically lowering the heat inside your vehicle.
If you’re interested in window film installation contact us today to get a free quote for your specific vehicle and film choice: