Tinted windows are more than just a popular item on cars and vans, they’re also useful to cut glare, and window tint cools interiors on hot summer days. Unfortunately, the law in approximately fifteen states take a dim view of the privacy that window tint allows in the vehicle, in particular the driver's area. On the other hand, the laws are not very uniform. The laws in different communities reflect each community’s’ sensibility to window tinting. The differences can sometimes be minimal.
The Question of Jurisdiction
One jurisdiction’s heavy tint allowance might be at variance with another. For example, the City of Chicago is at variance with the State of Illinois in the darkness of window tint with the state law allowing more tint than Chicago does.
Visible Light Transmission
With window tint, it’s a matter of percentages of visible light transmission or VLT. Some jurisdictions do not allow Any VLT tint on the windshield at all, and that can be difficult to argue with because window tint may obstruct vision while driving. After all, window tint does lend itself to arguments about obstructing driver visibility. The driver’s and passenger’s window tint is the next thing to be regulated. Many jurisdictions don’t allow more than 50-percent of VLT in window tint in the driver's window and passenger's window. They might also restrict it to the same number in the second-row seats and in the back window.
On the other hand, vans are often regulated differently. The window tint on a van might be the same on the windshield, passengers’ window and drivers’ window, but the rest of the windows can be completely blacked out. Considering that panel vans often run with only the three front windows, this doesn’t seem inconsistent.
When it comes to window tint that acts as a mirror reflection, the laws can be set against it. Many jurisdictions only allow twenty-percent reflective tint on the vehicles. A twenty percent reflection is a reasonably dark tint, but if you’re more interested in reflective tint than ordinary tint, you will not be happy across certain jurisdictions.
The color of window tint seems to be of little consequence in the matter of law, but in fact, some jurisdictions do not allow any color tint to be used on vehicles. Red is explicitly restricted in the State of Colorado for example. Other colors are implicitly restricted, so you may want to be careful. The officials may decide to issue you a ticket for no reason at all. The color of tint is often treated the same way the reflective tint is treated.
Car Manufacturers Don't Have to Certify
While car manufacturers rarely if ever have to certify their compliance with the law in any jurisdiction, aftermarket window-tinters may have to certify their compliance with the law in some jurisdictions, and the certificate often has to be visible on the car driver's window. If that’s not explicitly the law, it is often recommended that the certification be visible. So, if they recommend it, you can save yourself the hassle of a court appearance by posting the certification on the driver's window.
The bottom line is that it’s your responsibility to know the laws of your community, and with window tint in some states that can be important.
Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.
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