Automotive Tint Law Overview
Laws regarding the tinting of automotive windows vary from region to region and country to country. These laws are an important influence on our industry and will eventually have a lasting influence on your business. Fortunately, complying with these laws decreases risk and increases reward, making legal tinting a good business decision.
Illegal tinting increases your business risk in many ways. The most obvious risk is that you are making the local police aware of you. You may be subject to investigation or sting operations resulting in serious fines and penalties. You risk losing referrals from previously satisfied customers when police ticket them for illegal tinting. You create greater risk for the entire industry. People who enforce the law know people who write the laws. Lack of cooperation with police will lead to stricter laws, which hurt everyone. Tinting legally reduces risk.
Working within the boundaries of the tinting laws also brings reward. The reduction of risk as discussed above increases the value of your business. You can participate in industry associations and work with retailers who can't afford to have illegal tinting. You can be more comfortable having officials visit your shop, which will give you confidence as you speak with lawmakers. You will be able to affect laws as they are written. You will be able to apply for the work that is given out by police departments and other government agencies. You will grow your business through increased referrals and connections throughout your community. These rewards and community involvement are available to companies that stay within the boundaries of their regional tint laws.
Reduced risk and increased reward are usually the primary goals of a business owner. Tinting legally brings both and is a simple "insurance" to increase the success of your business. Rewards do not often come easily. There are many distractions such as competitors who get business by breaking the law and officials (such as police) asking for illegal tinting. Don't let yourself be swayed by the short-term rewards that put you and the entire industry at risk. Tint legally and build a long-term business.