Factory Tint vs Aftermarket Tint – NJ Regulations

Feel like adding a bit of privacy to your car? Or maybe you prefer to cool things down on the inside without having to blast your air conditioning all the time? Whatever the case may be, window tint provides a variety of different benefits for your ride.

Just like there are plenty of benefits that window tint offers, there are also a variety of options to choose from when selecting the shade of tint you want on your vehicle. However, not all of those options, including those that are typically sold as aftermarket products, are legal by New Jersey regulations.

In order to ensure that your ride is following all of the rules, while still getting the darkest tint that you desire, here are some tips to consider when comparing factory versus aftermarket tint; as well as the New Jersey regulations that should be evaluated in the process.

Which Type Of Tint Can Be Used?

Applying-Window-TintIf you look carefully, you’ll notice that not all vehicles have the same type of tint. The more traditional method of window tinting includes a regular polyester film made of Polyethylene Terephthalate. The color of this material can then be altered to varying shades of darkness, and then applied to the vehicle. These shades range from 10% – 90%, which we’ll go into further detail later regarding rules specific to New Jersey.

Another option, which is typically sold as an aftermarket product for your vehicle, may be reflective window tint. This tint helps to keep your car more cool during those hot summer days by decreasing the amount of sunlight that enters your vehicle. However, you should keep in mind that reflective window tint is not legal in the state of New Jersey.

Can All Windows Be Tinted?

Earlier it was mentioned that window tint ranges from 10%-90%, with the latter being the lighter end of the spectrum. In the state of New Jersey, you are allowed to tint those back windows as dark as you want, which is not something that all states allow. However, New Jersey doesn’t allow any sort of window tinting on the front side windows, which eliminates a lot of options for your vehicle.

If you are looking to tint your windows in New Jersey, consider tinting the back ones as much as you’d like. But before you go with any sort of front side-window, aftermarket or otherwise, understand how the legalities may limit your ability to drive.

Other Considerations For Window Tinting in New Jersey

Tinting your windows can add a variety of benefits to your vehicle. However, not all window tinting is legal in New Jersey. Along with the rules already mentioned, some other things to keep in mind include:

  • No sticker identification is necessary to represent the tint percentage (which may be required in other states).
  • Other colors of tint or restricted from use in the state of New Jersey.
  • The vehicle must have side mirrors on both sides in the event that their back windows are tinted.

By following the rules mentioned here you’ll be able to ensure your ride stays looking great, without breaking any rules that could limit your ability to drive.

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