Updated at: 14-07-2022 - By: Lucas

Your car will look cool and futuristic if you tint the windows. Also, the darkened windows give you the privacy you need.

“Tint” refers to the dark colour that your car’s windows have. These dark colours usually have some UV protection, which helps when you’re driving out in the sun.

But do all cars have windows with a tint?

Different cars have different amounts of tint in different shades. Most SUVs and minivans, on the other hand, have tinted windows that come from the factory. State laws say that the windshield, the driver’s window, and the front passenger window can’t be tinted, so they aren’t. The back windows usually have a dark tint, which lets about 15% of the light through.

Read on to find out more about windows with tint.

Do New Cars come with tinted windows?

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SUVs are usually allowed to have tinted windows, so SUVs and minivans will have tinted windows from the factory. This is because of how different state laws treat the two kinds of cars.

Even though some people call their SUVs cars, that’s not really the case.

SUVs are treated differently by tinting laws, so the back windows can be tinted.

This is because the driver doesn’t need to see out the back windows.

Using the side mirrors and the front windows, a driver can easily drive an SUV without using the back windows.

Sedans, which are cars, are smaller, and it is thought that the driver can see out all the windows to help them drive. So, it is important that none of these windows, including the back windows, are tinted.

Why do SUVs get special treatment?

SUVs and other large cars can have their windows tinted because they are classified as “Multi-Passenger Vehicles.”

These cars can fit at least ten people. Aside from that, these vehicles are built on different frames that are better for off-roading.

But the exact laws vary from state to state, so if you want to know exactly what tints are allowed on what cars and why, you should check the laws in your state.

How to know if your car windows are factory tinted?

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You can try these different things if you want to make sure that your car has windows that were tinted when it was made.

Several cars have tinted windows with a small OEM logo and quality certification information in one corner.

There is no outside film stuck to the outside of these glasses. Instead, you’ll see that the tint is built right into the glass.

This is because the glass was coloured while it was being made. Unlike tinting done after the fact, factory tinting won’t have seams at the ends.

Aftermarket tint stops just at the bottom of the window, and you might be able to see it when you roll your window all the way up or down.

Since there is no film, there won’t be any bubbles on factory tinted glass either.

Air pockets can get stuck between the glass and the tint film that is put on the glass. This can lead to bubbles.

Several state laws also say that cars can’t have tinted windows, so if the front windows of your car are tinted, it’s not from the factory.

What is factory tint percentage?

Before you worry about the percentage of factory tint, you need to know why it’s important.

Visible Light Transmission, or VLT, is changed by the percentage.

This means that a window with a VLT of 15% only lets about 15% of the light into the car.

Factory tint is usually thick on the back window to cut down on heat and light and make it less likely that lights from cars behind will blind the driver.

Most of the time, these windows have a VLT of 15-20% and reflect about 80%–85% of the light.

Can I get my windows tinted?

Yes! Even if the back windows of your car don’t have any tint or have a very light tint, you can always buy tint for them.

Window tints that were bought separately can be put on and taken off. If they are put on by a professional, they should look as good as factory tint.

How many types of tints are there?

When you go to get your car tinted with aftermarket tinting, you can choose from a number of different options, each of which has its own benefits.

Dyed tinting

For dyed tinting, you wrap the glass in several layers of film that has been dyed to a colour of your choice. This absorbs any sunlight that comes through the glass.

These are the least expensive, but they don’t protect as well from UV rays and will fade over time.

Carbon tinting

Carbon tints cost a lot but are worth it.

They won’t fade over time and have much better UV protection, which will block the sun’s rays and keep your car much cooler. With a matte finish, these are also very nice to look at.

Crystalline tint

This tint only blocks UV rays and doesn’t do anything to protect your privacy. These are great for people who don’t mind being seen but still want to be safe from UV rays.


Hybrid windows are made of several layers of coloured glass with a metal layer in between. Most of the time, titanium or another metal is used for this layer.

These tints cost more than simple dyed tints, but they don’t have a mirror-like reflection like some glasses do.

Can I have my tint removed?

If your car came from the factory with tinted windows, you will have to get the whole glass replaced.

But if you have tints that were added after the car was made, a professional can easily take them off or change them.

Final thoughts

So, there you have it! A detailed guide to the different kinds of tints, as well as tips on whether cars come with tinted windows, what kinds of cars have them, and how to get it put on or taken off.

We hope this helped and answered your question.