Tinted windows are all the rage – they look sleek, they keep sun out of your eyes and in some cases, provide UV protection. While window tinting sounds like it has no disadvantages, there are many arguments for and against it. For some more information, we sit down with Manchester Automotive and Tire of Mint Hill’s owner Ken Manchester.
“Tinted Windows are nothing new.” Ken said. “They have, however, gotten pretty sophisticated.”
“Most window tinting you see on the roads is aftermarket film. It can be made by a lot of different companies and in different darknesses. Think of it like a really high quality sticker.” He elaborates, “You can even do it yourself now. Your local parts store probably has it.”
On whether or not it’s worth it, Ken states its all situational. “Tint is really great if you’re an Uber driver who doesn’t like being the sun. It probably isn’t a good idea to have it if you work a night shift and drive in the dark. If you have sensitive skin, they make perscription tint. Its all about how and when you drive, and if you’re within the legal limits.”
As far as the laws go, Ken says its different from state to state. “Here in North Carolina we’re pretty picky. We actually have to charge extra on state inspections for it. Some states, like South Carolina, are a bit more lenient.”
“The laws here in NC are a little tricky. On a car, no window tint can be darker than 35% unless you have an exemption waiver. On trucks and Vans, tint only has to be at 35% on the front two windows, but the rest can be as dark as you want. Theres also a line on your front windshield, called an AS1 line, and tint isn’t allowed to go below that line on any vehicle without a waiver.
“Ultimately which tint is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ is a personal choice. If you do choose to get it though, just remember that if its too dark you will fail state inspection.”
If you have any questions about tint, call Ken Manchester at 704-545-4597.