Are Your Windows Going To The Dark Side?

Are Your Windows Going To The Dark Side?

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You see them on the road all the time--those cars with windows so dark, you can't see the driver. State law says passenger cars and station wagons can have tinting that allows 32% light transmission. In SUV's, the rear windows are allowed to be darker. But many who darken their windows aren't just aiming to block out the sun.

"It's going to be privacy issues because heat, you don't have to go dark to block it,"says Seth Rigdon, manager at Access Sun Control Window Tinting.

He's right--A new ceramic tint that is practically clear, will block out 80% of the sun's heat, keeping your seat nice and cool.

"Illegal film will get you a ticket at some point. This one blocks triple the amount that this dark on does."

Going too far to the dark side will cost you. State Troopers will write you a ticket for $100 for the first offense with possible jail time. Second and third offenses will cost you $300 and $500 and possible jail time.

For Heath Vester, tinted windows were selling points in buying a used car.

"I knew I wanted something like, privacy I guess cause when you're singing or doing something stupid in the car, you know, I don't want everybody looking at me!" says Vester.

It's a growing trend nowadays. Access Sun Control Window Tinting does seven to eight cars a day. You can apply for exemption from the state law for certain medical conditions or if your new car has existing tint as long as you have a sticker or label from your physician or the Department of Public Safety.

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