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Window tinting... Dealer or after-market???

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Hi there. I'm a first-time user, and also a first-time new car owner. I take delivery of my VF Ute in 10 days. Just wondering which way to go with window-tinting... The dealer is quoting $595 for carbon-based tints whilst my local Tint-a-car is $220, however the dealer is playing the "fear-of-God" card and saying that metal-based tints should not be used on the vehicle. I was just wondering if anyone new of any reasons why metal-based tints shouldn't be used, or is it just the Dealer trying to squeeze out more money? Thanks in advance from an excited NEW Commodore owner... :D
 

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Dealer playing games with you. Reality is, a dealer doesn't have the facilities to tint vehicles. So they source outside companies.... like tint-a-car and then stack their little bit on top. It's pretty common, I've seen them charge $1200 for reverse camera systems that I fit for them and I charge them between 400-500 same as my other customers. Reverse sensors, they charge about $500... I charge them the same as all my other customers, $250 fitted and colour matched.

Dealerships don't have the facilities to really do much else other than mechanical repairs... everything else is outsourced.
 

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Yeah, that's what I figured, I just wasn't 100% sure. The dealer was throwing out lines like "metal-based tints can affect the demister on the rear-window". Just thought I should check... Cheers
 

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Dealer is a dumbass. The only issue with metallic film is around vehicles that have an aerial in the rear window, creating interference, which the VF does not have anyway. This is the only reason you'd use carbon based film over metal, as metal will actually outlast the car, whereas dye and carbon based films will not. It won't bother the demister a bit, usually film assists its operation.
 

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Just trying to squeeze some money out of you.

Metallic vs non-metallic debate been on for some time.
Hate to say it, but Google will bring up many results.
 

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There's a debate? Any other window tinters with 15 years experience ever chimed in? Metallic kills all else.
 

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Dealer will just ship it off to a tinter. We used to have heaps of trouble with Tinters being lazy and not even putting trims back on correctly and scratching them up.
 

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I worked with a lot of them, the ultimate lazy tinter I knew would use a half peel method and not even take trims off. Besides getting the trim soaked in soapy water, customers would get a nice gap.
 

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That's the one skill I regret not learning with car customization... Tinting.

Not too late I guess.
 

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If you're an anally retentive cleaning freak and have a steady hand it comes naturally.
 

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Tint to a dealer is around $180. The rest of "your" price from the dealer is profit and them walking you up. I love how the dealers all employ accessories girls with fake tah tah's and you end up taking the paint protection that comes off the first time you chamois the car and the like. Go to a tinter, ask them to explain the difference in the material and then start beating them down on price and see what you end up with. It will be better than the dealers offer.
 

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I was told $550 from the dealer I asked who does it for them and was told motor one, they were just down the door from work for me so I popped in and I thought I'd ask $150 not hard to guess who I went though also got it darker then dealer would let me get it
 

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Sorry it's taken a while to get back on, but thank you all for the advice... Went with aftermarket, very happy with the product, service and result. Tint-a-Car Moorooka, "Octane" tint. Looks great against Prussian Steel :D Will post a pic when I get a chance...
 

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I just got my ute done with Tint a Car in Alexandria with the darkest tint possible. They used to do Suttons, John Newell Mazda, Mecedes etc. All the local dealers in the area. Now the dealers do them by themselves. It was a shitload cheaper than the dealer. Don't let them scare you. Rear demister works fine.
 

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Same dilemma won't go dealer but heard issues with bigger tint companies as well. Anyone recommend Melbourne based company?
 

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For my new ride the dealer threw in tinting for free :)
 

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Nothing wrong with metal tint. It CAN interfere with GPS and key remotes, but at worst it slightly reduces their range. That's it. I had metal tint on my VE for 5 years without any issues.

That said, You can get carbon tint for the same price or carbon/hybrid for a little more. Both are more efficient than metalised tint in terms of heat and UV repellence.
 
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