What You Should and Shouldn't Fix Before Selling Your Car

After raising seven children through their teenage years, I've had my fair share of experiences with selling used cars that have body damage. As a child saved up to buy a newer car, I was relied on to find a way to sell their old one for the most money possible. I have learned that fixing small dents and other aesthetic issues with your vehicle is a great way to significantly increase the sales price you ask when you put it on the market. But not all dents are worth paying to have fixed because it won't affect the value much. Whether you are just trying to make the money back that you've put into your vehicle or you're trying to make a profit, hopefully the pages on this website will give you some insight into what's worth putting your time and effort into fixing and what's best left untouched.

Things You May Need To Consider Before Tinting The Glass On Your Car


Tinted windows look great on most cars, but there are some things you need to know about tinting the glass in your vehicle. While most auto glass tinting services are well versed in the law for the area they service, it is essential that you know what is okay when you are considering tinting your car's windows. 

How Dark Is Too Dark

One of the biggest concerns when considering auto glass tinting is how dark you can go legally. The amount of tint on the glass is often regulated by the state and can differ from one state to another. 

If you apply too much tint to the glass, you could put yourself at risk for traffic stops and citations for the glass being too dark. In some states, you may even be required to remove the tint or replace the glass. Both options can be expensive. 

Checking with the state department of motor vehicles before tinting the glass is the easiest way to ensure you stay legal. The DMV can provide you with the percent of tint allowed, so when you go to the tint shop, you can have them tint the glass to that level if you want. 

Tinting Methods

While most auto glass tinting shops still use tint films applied to the glass, the material has changed over the years to improve the tint material's durability. The tint films used today contain carbon and even nanoparticles that offer better protection from the sun and create a more robust material that will last five to ten years on the car with daily use. 

The tint shop may also use precut films that are laser cut to fit the glass on specific car models, so there is no waste of material. When the film is put in place, it covers the glass completely without leaving edges that can peal up after opening and closing the windows. 

Installing The Tint Film

Auto glass tinting involves more than just sticking the tint film on the window. The glass needs to be adequately cleaned so the film will adhere to it, and the film needs to be carefully positioned on the glass so that it is perfectly aligned. Once the film is in place, the installer will remove any air bubbles under it by pulling them out with a soft squeegee that will not scratch the film, and then it is left to cure. 

Working with a professional auto glass tinting service is the best way to ensure that the film is put on the car properly. Once the film is in place, it can not be easily removed, so the installer must know how to do the job correctly to ensure a high-quality tint job that will last a long time. 

For more information about auto window tinting, contact a local auto shop.


19 April 2021