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There are a few reasons why you might want to tint your windows. For me, it was about the looks (as you'll see below), the ability to reduce heat and UV rays inside the car and most importantly, for theft reasons--if you can't see something in the car you like, you're less likely to break in.
Anyway, I just want to share with you my story behind this project. I found some video "ads" on YouTube for this place in Costa Mesa, CA that had an impecable warranty on their products, so I researched the location and customer reviews and decided to take my car there. I must say that this place (and the people working there) blew my expectations away! See below for a full review and more information.
Without further ado, here's the before and after shots:
For those of you who are interested in the place I got them tinted, it was a place called Signature Tint in Costa Mesa, CA. I can't say enough
good great things about this place and the guy who runs it. I mean, from a strictly business point of view, this guy knows how to take care of his customers!
Here’s my little story: I originally found this place on YouTube after Dave (the owner) put up two videos of other Mini Coopers that had just been tinted and I emailed him to ask how much it cost among some other details. He responded back within the hour with a price and all my questions answered. Since this was before I even got the car, I didn’t make an appointment at this time. Once I finally got the car, I looked around at some other tint places and even asked people I knew who had their cars done to see if the quote I got was good or not.
At first, my friends were saying it was a little high, but I informed them of the lifetime warranty from this place and they agreed it was worth it. I decided to go forward with the project so I called on a Thursday to see when the next appointment could be made. He was pretty booked up and I could only go on Saturdays, so he told me to call back that Saturday to see if he had any time for me.
At this point, I wasn’t worried about being “squeezed” into a timeslot since this project was not a super high priority, but I called anyway and he told me to come down around 2:30pm. I did and when I got there, I was taken care of from the second I walked in the door.
The shop was a very simple place with nothing more than a few samples of the different tint shades, a couch and DirecTV. He had told the customer in front of me that he’d call them when their car was done and started helping me. Since I already knew what tint I wanted, this process was fast. He then explained to me that he would squeeze my car in right away because I wasn’t from the area and I had planned to wait in the lobby.
Not more than 2 hours later, my car was done, I was paid for and Dave was offering me a free car wash and detail at the place up the street. I told him I couldn’t take him up on his offer that day because I had to be somewhere, but he said I can come back at any time and get the free wash plus he wanted to take some video of my car to post on YouTube.
My total cost for this project was $215 out the door and for that, I got the best tint you can buy done by the most professional people I’ve ever dealt with. And the product guarantee: Dave said if anything happened to my tint, and I mean ANYTHING, I was to bring it back and it would be replaced for free! This was his quote:
I don’t want you driving around with my tint on your car if it’s messed up.
Now that’s service!! If you’re interested in checking this place out, here’s some information you’ll need:
Signature Glass Tinting
670 West 17th Street, Unit G
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Visit them on Yelp for more customer reviews!
They don’t just do cars either!