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How Much Does It Cost to Tint Car Windows in 2020?

Window tint costs can vary between different window tint brands in the market in 2020. Choosing which brand and materials, while factoring in price, can be a tricky process. Getting your windows tinted by a professional window tinter is a great way to avoid having to worry about regulations (and spending your time doing it yourself). 

Not sure how much you should invest in getting your car windows tinted? We’ve got a complete guide to help you understand how much you should pay for tint in 2020.

Window Tinting Cost 

The price that you pay by having your windows professionally tinted by professionals will vary. Here are the biggest factors that come into play when factoring in cost.

Number of windows and type of tint

Cost will depend on how many windows you’re looking to have tinted, what type of tint you want, and how big your windows are. The type of material and technology built into a window film is one of the biggest cost factors.

Warranty 

Another significant factor is the warranty. Some films have a lifetime warranty, such as Rayno Phantom, while others have a shorter warranty period. 

Location and Laws

Keep in mind, prices will differ depending on the laws that your state has for window tinting. Some states enforce a maximum level of tint legally allowed, which is why you should expect to have fluctuations in pricing.

Cost For A Tint Job By Type of Film

Cost can vary significantly between a quality ceramic window tint vs. a more affordable dyed alternative. Due to the nature of the materials and technology used in a film, the average price will vary. Here’s a closer look into the three main types of window film, along with the unique benefits each has to offer.

Ceramic Window Tint Cost

Ceramic window film is the highest quality film you can purchase, as it doesn’t contain any, metal, or dye. Instead, this tint contains ceramic particles that are both non-metallic and non-conductive. This film doesn’t block cell signals of phones, GPS systems, and radios needed to operate. Ceramic window tint is the most expensive because of the advanced technology that’s required to create this film.

A newer type of film that Rayno has pioneered contains a hybrid of both ceramic and carbon. The Rayno Phantom Series Film contains Nano Carbon-Ceramic particles to help stabilize the color of the tint, increase durability, increase heat rejection, and increase visibility.

Dyed Window Tint Cost

Dyed window tint is the most affordable type of tint you can purchase for your car windows. A dye is used in the creation process that’s added to a layer next to the adhesive, which is then applied to the windows of your vehicle. The sun’s UV rays will more quickly cause the tint’s dye to fade. Over time your tint will look purple, brown, or turn completely transparent.

Dyed window tint is cheap to purchase because there isn’t any advanced technology that is used to improve the performance of this type of tint. Due to its poor functioning and durability, and common bubbling problems, dyed window tint has to be replaced more frequently than ceramic window tint does.  

Carbon Window Tint Cost

Carbon tint contains carbon particles that can help block infrared light very effectively. The carbon helps keep interiors cooler. The film will not quickly fade compared to dyed films. Carbon film doesn’t have any metal in it, so the issue with cell phones and radio transmission doesn’t arise when it is used. However, the carbon can create glare and haze that makes it difficult to see the road outside your car. Carbon window tint costs more than dyed film. 
Rayno recently formulated a new type of carbon film that contains nano-scale sized carbon particles. Rayno MonoCarbon is a 2-ply true carbon-based film with a highly concentrated coating layer. This film makes the outside look clearer without any haziness vs. other carbon films. And best of all, it has a beautiful, black shade. This product is more affordable than Rayno’s Phantom series film.

Average Tinting Prices for Coupe, Sedan, SUV, and Trucks

We did some market research and reached out to the community to find the average amount of what you should pay, depending on your type of vehicle. 

Sedans

If you are choosing a more affordable tint, such as Rayno MonoCarbon, you can expect to pay between $50* per window or about $250* for all 7 (two front sides, 2 backsides, 2 rear quarter windows, and the rear) windows on your vehicle. On the other end of the spectrum, you can expect to pay between $100* per window or about $650* for all 7 windows on your vehicle for Rayno Phantom S9, Phantom S7 or Phantom S5, our high-performance nano carbon-ceramic window tint.

Coupes

If your coupe has steep rear windows or curved windows, you should expect to pay more. These types of windows are more challenging to cover with tint, which will increase the labor costs. The average cost for tinting a two-door car (with 5 windows) is estimated to cost between $120 – 450*. 

Trucks

For pickup trucks, you can expect to pay around $350* to tint the windows on your truck. The size of truck matters, because of the additional time and labor needed. The price will increase if you decide to tint the slider windows.

SUVs

SUVs generally have bigger windows and are larger and taller, which will play a role in pricing. SUVs can expect to pay between $250 – $750* for window tinting. 

*Prices vary by film type, location and shop. Please contact your nearest dealer to get the exact pricing for your vehicle.

Can you save money by doing-it-yourself (D.I.Y)?

Buying a kit to install window tint yourself may seem like a cheap and easy option. However, taking the DIY route isn’t always a more affordable alternative than hiring a window tinting professional. 

Applying a DIY tinting kit requires specific tools and skills. Even if you have experience detailing vehicles, it’s not guaranteed you’ll do a sufficient job applying the tint. With DIY tinting kits, you have to make sure that the modification you make to your car is within your state’s limits. Plus, there’s an increased chance of your tint bubbling up, causing you to have to restart the entire tinting process.

You can easily skip over the legal concerns, the frustration of applying your own tint, and the added cost of having to repurchase a tinting kit by going to a nearby window tint shop.

Get Your Windows Tinted By a Pro Today

You can expect to pay between $99 – $850 or more for tint, which will vary depending on how many windows, type of tint, vehicle type, and size of windows. We can assure you that taking your car to a pro will be your best bet. Click here to find a nearest window tint shop using our Dealer Locator.