How much does it cost to tint your car windows?

I've always thought window tinting looked cool. I've got an SUV and would like to save up to get all of the windows tinted. About how much will that cost?

Answer
Tinting your windows is great not just because it looks cool, but also because it protects you against harmful UV rays. The minimum you can expect to pay for an SUV is about $500.
Each state has laws regarding how dark you can make your windows, so make sure to check with local regulations. Once you know what your state allows, you can choose between different types of tinting:
  • Dyed (cheapest and requires reapplications)
  • Metalic (metal mixed in with the dye to help protect your car from UV rays, though it effects electronics)
  • Hybrid (Mix of dyed and metallic)
  • Carbon (matte finish)
  • Crystalized (this is for people who want UV protection without the darkness)
  • Ceramic (most expensive, blocks 99% of UV rays, adds an extra layer of protection for your windows and with no effects on your electronics)
Depending on what type of tint you want, you can choose a tint color, such as bronze, amber, grey, or gold.
You can apply tint yourself to save money, but it is a complex and time-consuming process, so it’s easier if you let the professionals do it.
If you want to find ways to save for your tinting, consider revaluating your car insurance policy. You can compare your car insurance against 50 top insurers with the Jerry app and find better deals on the coverage you want. The average Jerry user saves $879 a year on car insurance.
Lauren Smith
Answered on Oct 29, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.
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