Choosing a window tint shop can be confusing. “Best Price” “No Bubbles” “20 Years in Business”… How do you know which shop to choose? There are major differences between tint shops and you don’t want to make a bad investment. After all, window tint is something that you have to live with for years to come. It’s either going to make you proud every time you look at it or make you sick! Hopefully after reading this post, you will have the tools you need to make an educated decision.
Ask Your Friends Where They Had Their Vehicle Tinted
Take a close look at the tint work on other people’s vehicles. Do you see bubbles, cracks, peeling, or signs of turning purple? If not, you might want to find out where this particular vehicle was tinted and add this shop to the list of shops to visit. This is simply a starting point! You still have work to do!
Visit the Website of Shops That You Are Considering
No website? That would be a definite strike against them. Quality shops are proud to display their workmanship in any way possible. The website should not only show pictures of the work, but also help to educate customers in an effort to help them make a decision. Great shops are not afraid to share information and show off their expertise. As I write this, the year is 2012. EVERY business needs a quality website, especially a visual business like window tinting.
Read Online Reviews
While online reviews should not be your only basis of consideration, you can usually learn a lot about the workmanship and the general business practices of the shop. You should be looking for a tint shop with a lot of reviews and the majority being positive. Nobody is perfect and you might find some negativity. Be sure to consider how this negativity is handled. Some places to look for online reviews are Google Places, Yahoo Local, Yelp, Merchant Circle, etc. Many times you can find reviews on the companies own website. Put more trust in the independent review sites since the owner has no control over those reviews.
Visit the Tinter’s Facility!
Unless the steps above make you 100% confident in your decision, you need to visit the shops you are considering. Nothing short of a visit will help you decide whether this is the right shop for you or not. Look at their showroom? Is it clean? Ask to see their installation area. Is that clean? You can’t expect a quality job in an unclean environment (This does not mean that you should expect an area fit for producing computer chips!). Are the employees professional? Are they dressed appropriately? Do they explain things clearly? How long have they been in business? How long have the window tinters been employed at this facility? These are all things that you will need to observe and ask the employees. The shop should make you feel totally comfortable in handing over the keys to your ride without any worries at all. If this is not the case, you haven’t found the right place yet.
Ask About the Shop’s Warranty on Window Film
Does the shop stand behind its work? If so for how long? In this business, it is not uncommon to have a warranty on tint work for as long as you own your vehicle. This is important since mistakes can happen and you don’t want to be left with a poor quality tint job on your ride. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the warranty. If the shop is evasive of unclear about this, I would scratch them from your list of considerations.