How Much Does a good Car Window Tint Cost?
The price for a car tint can vary dramatically from the cheapest 'mobile' shop at £100 to the 'executive' tint shop's at £400 or more.
Ultimately, every 'Tinting Shop' considers that their prices are REASONABLE. But realistically, what a REASONABLE price is depends on many factors:
Your Car Type
Some cars are harder to tint than others. Manufacturers do not build cars with Tinting Shops in mind - and as a result some cars can take twice as long to tint as others.
When getting a price quote, a Tint Shop always asks you for the make and model of your car. This isn't to see how much money you have but to work out how difficult the job is going to be.
Tinters with years of knowledge know which cars take more time to tint properly. Some cars with steep and curved rear windows like the VW Beetle often will be charged a premium to be tinted.
Additionally, each additional square foot of window on your vehicle requires more window film to tint. This makes tinting an MPV/4x4 or SUV cost more than a 3 door hatchback.
Type of Tinting Film
Just like comparing a Skoda to a Porsche, there are wide performance and cost differences in tinting films available on the market. The cheapest tinting film can be many times less in price
than more expensive film, but you get what you pay for.
Cheap film may look good at the beginning - and the 'oh so attractive' price be very compelling, but they can fail to block the summer heat, fade, turn purple, or bubble soon after installation - just in the same way that
cheap sunglasses can often lack the UV protection they appear to have.
Higher quality window film such as fully-metallized sputtered or deposition window films like LLumar and Sungard Window Films offer both advanced performance and a lifetime warranty. These films are worth the higher price.
Method of Tinting
You get what you pay for! Cheaper Window Tinting shops will cut film to the edge of the window without taking out the rubbers and ensuring that the film is run to the absolute edge of the glass. They are also frequently mobile - so the
film is not being applied in a dust free environment. This saves them time and allows them to charge less - but think about it..... how many cars have you seen with peeled edges and/or faint hairline gaps and/or dust specs between the glass
and the film. Its pretty easy to make a £10k car look like a banger for the sake of saving £30...put another way - How much does a bad car window tint cost?
You are highly encouraged to ask about the Warranty before you pay for tinting services from anybody. Typically these Warranty's can last from as little as 1 year to a Lifetime.
But be really careful !! Not all Warrantees are the same ! Some warrantees only cover problems such as cracking, glazing, bubbling, and peeling. Some films are backed by a "Colour-Safe Warranty" that if the color of your tint
ever changes, it will be replaced. The best warrantees are "Transferable" which allow you to transfer the warranty to another person when you sell the car. This adds permanent value to your car.
Be Careful! If your tint shops is offering a "Lifetime Warrantee" what is it worth if they go out of business next year, who is there to replace your bubbling tint then? You should always factor in this "hidden" cost when buying
low priced car tint - especially from start-ups. Its easy to set up a mobile service - with no overheads - but its just as easy to shut up shop - as their isn't one!!!
Reputable Tint Shops take great pride in their work. They have high standards in who they hire, the film they use, and overall customer service and experience.
Naturally, this increases the cost for them to do business, and they charge more as a result. To make sure you are talking to a quality dealer use our Checklist.
Shropshire Tints Price Guide Table
(no VAT is applicable)
Typical 3 door price
Typical 5 door price
Typical MPV price
Typical 4x4 price