More and more motorists are making the right move to purchase window tints. For their own protection window tints offer numerous health benefits like protecting your skin from potentially life-threatening UV and Infrared rays exposure. They are also a great investment in your car’s longevity and maintenance, as the heat protection they offer minimizes power and fuel consumption. Also, riding in style seems to tie all these advantages together. But some stores or car shops take advantage of the customer’s enthusiasm and actively try to scam you of either your money or a tint that’s worth the deal. Here are a few window tinting scams you should keep an eye out for.
Floating Tint Stores, a classic of the window tinting scams
Floating tint stores are auto shops that appear all of a sudden out of nowhere and disappear just as quickly. They offer instant installation at cheap prices. This is because they have no warranty, do not pay taxes, do not pay for insurance, and they most likely use low-quality films. In a few instances, they claim to offer lifetime warranties, but by the time you are due for a checkup, you will find that they packed up and relocated to a new area.
How To Spot the Scam: Always do your research about the car shop you are heading for. Whether online or asking the place for their permits, there is no shame in double-checking. You could also check their registration with the Better Business Bureau which provides their place of operation, the fate of establishments, and any business complaint that was previously filed.
Outdoor Car Tinting
Another gimmick that is promoted to deceive the unvetted customer is outdoor car tinting. Some claim that tinting your car outside offers a smooth application process, a faster curing or drying period, and an overall stronger, more durable tint. That could not be further from the truth. Tinting outside exposes the adhesive to dust, pollen, rubbish, and the elements. This completely destroys the possibility of a smooth application. Instead, you will get a bubbly mess that will most likely crack and fade within the first year of application.
How To Avoid the Scam: If you see someone offering this, just walk away. In the future, always make sure that the car shop you are heading to does their work in a well-vented or air-conditioned garage that is in isolation from the elements so that dust and other particles do not get stuck in the tints.
Mobile tinting is also ok, but it is better to check if the business has an established garage or not, just for safety.
No UV Protection
Any tinting place that offers a tint that has no UV protection is automatically shady. One of the main selling points of car window tints is their ability to block UV rays. If the tints they offer do not have that quality, it is clear that they try to skimp on the costs.
How to Avoid This: Head to a tinting expert or a trusted car shop for an installation, they will offer high quality, UV resistant films with warranties and safety measures.