Oddly, this is a even harder subject than explaining how window film works. The price for a car tint can vary dramatically from the cheapest fly-by-night shop from $120 to the luxury tint shop's $450 or more. For each of these situations, the price can be considered REASONABLE. What a REASONABLE price is depends on many factors:
YOUR CAR TYPE
Quite simply, some cars are harder to tint than 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 and charge you up the wazoo. (Sometimes it is with less reputable tinters)
Tinters know which cars take more time to tint properly. Some cars with steep and curved rear windows or easily damaged electronics require panels and speakers to be removed manually from your vehicle. This obviously can drive the cost up. Additionally, each additional square foot of window on your vehicle requires more window film to tint. This makes tinting a SUV or station wagons cost more than sedans.
TYPE OF TINTING FILM
Just like comparing a pinto to a Ferrari, there are wide performance and cost differences in tinting film. 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, but they can fail to block the summer heat, fade, turn purple, or bubble soon after installation. Higher quality window film such as fully-metallized sputtered window films offer both advanced performance and a lifetime warranty. These films are usually worth the higher price.
You are highly encouraged to ask about the Performance Warranty before you pay for tinting services from anybody. Typically these Warranty's can last from as little as 1 year to a Lifetime.
Not all Warrantees are created equal! Most warrantees only cover problems such as cracking, glazing, bubbling, and peeling. Some films carry a "Color-Safe Warranty" that gives you peace of mind that if the color of your tint ever changes, it will be replaced.
Be Careful! Irresponsible tint shops can also offer "Lifetime Warrantees"; however, if they go out of business next year, who is there to replace your bubbling tint? You should always factor in this "hidden" cost when buying low priced car tint.
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.
At Mike’s Tint Shop we offer all levels of window tint. We have you’re basic dyed films all the way up to our high performance, all metal films. We have a full staff of tinters with minimum 15 years experience and a friendly, knowledgeable front counter staff to serve you 7 days a week. We are dedicated to offering exceptional service to all our valued customers, both before and after the film installation. Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 6 pm. Saturday 8:00am to 6:00pm and Sundays 10:00am to 5 pm.