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I am considering window tinting for the driver and passenger windows. Does anyone have any experience or recommendations for getting this done a the dealer vs aftermarket?

Also are there different levels of tinting that I should be considering?

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Yes, I had it done aftermarket and have been satisfied with it. It's slightly lighter than the rest of the factory tint.

However, be aware that tinting driver and passenger windows is illegal in many if not most areas, but enforcement varies a lot. I've had it on my vehicles for the last twelve years and nobody's paid any attention and it's illegal, but usually ignored in our area. You may want to check your local statutes.

Having the driver and passenger windows tinted slightly lighter than the rest probably helps keep you from being noticed by the local gendarmes, too.

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Find a reputable person or company to do the tinting. See if they have a guarantee against peeling or bubbles. The person I use guarantees it as long as I own the vehicle. Try and use titanium tint as opposed to the dyed tint. It is supposed to reflect more of the ultraviolet rays and doesn't fade or turn purple as quickly as dyed tint would.
Get the legal tint, it's safer for night driving.
 

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Having had several cars tinted over the past year (bad luck, don't ask), I can help here.

Go to http://www.autowindowtintings.com/main.cfm?action=laws

this is the best resource for determining what you can do. In Texas, the Ody is a MPV (Multi-purpose-vehicle) which means that you can put up to 60% (amount of light blocked) on all windows but the front two, which can be up to 35%. The 60% is commonly called 'limo tint'.

Most reputable shops will stick to this, and the state troopers here carry wands that have the shades on them so they can check yours. Will they use it? Depends on what the trooper had for breakfast and how you got pulled over in the first place. You can find people that will do it under their shade tree, but for 55$ i got metal tint with a lifetime warranty on the two front windows.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks, Brewer, great site! My husband bought a used Accord from FL that the film turned purple and bubbled after a while and was a bear to get off!

I don't know if tinting is a big thing here in Vermont, so I'll have to be careful and find a reputable shop.

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Always go with the metal tint. The shop I use here will sell you the non-metal tint, but they will tell you that it will be purple and bubbling after one Texas summer, two at the most. While I was there with the Ody, someone with another minivan came in and asked for a re-tint price, it was over 200$ just to remove the old tint, and to do something the size of the Ody is about 275$. Even the front two windows on the Ody are curved, and they have tricks that they use to do it right.

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i would recommend a film with a light transmission value of 35% on your front doors.

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We have a White EX and had the driver/passenger windows tinted 35% and added another 15% over the factory tint on the back/side windows. I love the tint, even though it's illegal tint for the d/p windows.
 

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thanks everyone for your help

I called local dealers and will be able to save $90 vs using the dealer for window tinting

cheers
 
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