Can I visit your tint shop? Can you show me a sample of your work when I'm there?
Tint shops can sound like best shop on phone, but 15 minutes on-site should tell you all you need to know. Good dealers pay attention to customer service. They should be happy and willing to spend time to talk to you and explain how their shops work. Remember, if they don't spend time with you know, will they spend time with you when there is something wrong with your tint job?
A tint shop's work area should be indoors and clean. Their tools and window films are organized in a professional manner. If tint shop is outdoors or in a parking lot, this is a negative since it iscritical to remove all dust and dirt from windows before applying window film.
Now take a look at a car they have already tinted, and look at rear window. Is window film applied in a single piece or is it cut into strips that surround defroster lines? The most skilled tint shops always apply film in a single piece. Now look at borders of rear window, in many cars there is a black 'frit' edge on window, Make sure window film looks securely attached to frit as well.
Pay attention to side-windows. The window film should be applied to inside and be completely flush against all 4 edges of window. Now look at thewindow film itself. Don't worry if film itself looks slightly streaky and discolored, window film takes a couple weeks to dry out and become completely clear. If there are bubbles of air under film or film itself is not complete flat against window, this is a sure sign of sloppy tinting.
Get price quotes from each dealer for exact darkness, color, and type of window film you want. Never compromise because there are plenty of other dealers out there that will offer your perfect tint. With these price quotes and your research on each tint shop, make decision. Refer to cost of car tint article to help you rank dealers.
After you make your decision, remember to always make an appointment with tint shop before you tint your car. Even if they say "drop-ins accepted" or "bring it over any time", you want you tinter to be calm and prepared for you when you arrive and not rushed. Tinting may take a couple hours to half a day, so either arrange a ride or go to a nearby coffee shop with a good book. Enjoy!
Harrison Hung is the founder of TintCenter Window Tinting Guide. (http://www.tintcenter.com) TintCenter aims to educate consumers about the window film industry, and make tint purchases easy and straightforward.