Did you recently get your windows tinted? Good choice. Window tints enhance your car’s look, protects you and your interior from the sun’s UV rays, keeps the interior cool, and make your car less of a target for thieves at night.
With the right care, a professionally-installed window tint can last up to 10 years. Make sure you know these window tint maintenances do’s and don’ts to make your tints last as long as possible.
Clean Your Tints
You can and should clean your tints regularly — about every other week. Otherwise, dirt and debris can build up. This buildup can lead to unsightly staining or streaks.
Wash and Dry With Microfiber Cloths or a Squeegee
Tints are durable enough to withstand regular elements, but you could scratch them through direct contact if you aren’t careful. When washing your car, use a microfiber cloth or squeegee to tend to your windows.
Avoid Direct Sunlight After Washing
Window tints are meant to keep your interior safe from the sun, but they need to dry first before you stick your car in sunlight. Otherwise, the sun could dry your car unevenly and create plenty of staining and streaks.
Instead, let your car dry in a shaded area, such as in a garage or under a carport.
Use the Wrong Cleaning Chemicals
Some cleaning chemicals — ammonia-based cleaners in particular — are a bit too harsh for your window tints. Using them can wear down the tints prematurely, meaning you’ll have to go install new tints much sooner.
The tint-friendly solution is to use either soap and water or a cleaner with natural/naturally-derived ingredients.
Skip the Interior
Most people focus their cleaning efforts on the exterior of their vehicles. You should too, but remember, tints are installed on your window’s inner pane. Take some extra time to gently clean the inside of your window with your soap and water/naturally-derived cleaner and microfiber cloth.
Tend to the Edges
It’s odd that you’d want to avoid cleaning an area, but your tint is most vulnerable at its edges. If you attempt to clean the edges of the tint, you risk damaging this area.
That said, there will be times when junk builds up at the edges of your tint. In this case, be as gentle as humanly possible. Use a soft cloth and be delicate when cleaning.
If you’re looking for professional window tinting services in Philadelphia, you’ve come to the right place. Car Pretty has been satisfying customers with quality workmanship for over 2 decades. We don’t just install the tints — we also educate you about the legalities of having tints on your car. If you’re interested in our tinting services, please contact us today.
Having your car break down in the winter is both more inconvenient and more dangerous. If you aren’t prepared, you’ll at best shiver for a while. At worst, you could get frostbite or hypothermia.
Obviously, you should have nonperishable foods, bottled water, and spare sets of warm winter clothes. However, there are some specific gadgets you should have with you as well. Here are a few.
First Aid Kit
You should have a first aid kit in your car’s trunk no matter the season. It’ll come in handy if you ever get in an accident or hurt yourself working on your car on the side of the road.
Plenty of drivers have jumper cables with them, but you don’t want to take that chance. Keep a set of jumper cables stored in your car, and know where to attach them and how to jump your car should you ever need to.
Don’t worry: jumper cables aren’t too expensive. It’s better to buy them and be prepared than to have your car towed, anyway.
LED Flashlight and Extra Batteries
Any emergency kit should contain a flashlight and a few spare batteries. These are helpful in locating things in your car, seeing under your car or looking around under the hood, and they offer general visibility if it’s dark out.
The flashlight can even be used to signal to other vehicles that can help in case your phone dies or gets lost.
One flashlight is sufficient, but have two if you can to be extra safe.
Alternatively, you can use a hand crank flashlight if you don’t want to carry batteries.
If your car breaks down or you get stuck, your phone is quite valuable, as it lets you call someone for help.
But only if it has battery life left.
When it gets cold out, the battery may not have as much capacity. Thus, it’s vital to have a spare phone charger or two in your car.
If you ever get a flat tire on the road, you’ll want to have a fix-a-flat on hand to get yourself back up and driving. It’s much easier than changing a tire.
That said, fix-a-flats are temporary. They’re only meant to last several miles so you can reach a tire shop and get a new tire.
Keep in mind that fix-a-flats need to stay warm before use. Consider keeping it in your cabin, rather than in the trunk.
One gadget that’s helpful to have outside of emergencies is a remote starter on your vehicle. A remote starter lets you turn on your car ahead of time — allowing you to defrost your windshield and windows, warm up your engines, and get your cabin to a comfortable temperature.
If you’d like a remote started on your car so you can enjoy the luxury of starting your car without being in it, come down to Car Pretty. We’re happy to help!
Temperatures are dropping and the snow’s coming down. You might be bundling up accordingly, but is your car prepared for winter as well? Failing to prepare your car for the winter season can make driving dangerous.
Make sure you follow these steps to winterize your car.
1. Check Your Tire Pressure and Tread
When the air gets cold, tire pressure drops. Insufficient tire pressure can be perilous on winter roads. Check your tire pressure and fill each one up to the proper amount stated in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
Additionally, make sure you check your tire treads and rotate your tires regularly. To check your treads, stick a penny into the tread with Lincoln’s head facing you. If you can see Lincoln’s entire head, your tires need replacing.
2. Change Your Antifreeze and Oil
You should be checking and changing your oil regularly regardless of the season. Make sure to knock that out as soon as possible if you haven’t recently.
However, antifreeze becomes important in the winter as well. It prevents your engine from becoming too cold to do its job (and also prevents radiator water from boiling over in hot temperatures, fun fact).
Make sure you change out your antifreeze.
3. Check Your Battery
Automobile battery capacity decreases when temperatures drop. The last thing you want is for your battery to die while you’re out in the cold. Bring your vehicle to a professional and have them take a look at all your battery’s cables and fluids.
4. Pack an Emergency Kit
Bad things can happen no matter how prepared you are for the winter. If you end up stranded in the cold, it’s vital to have an emergency kit packed in your car. Make sure your kit has the following in it:
Winter gloves, mittens, hats, socks, and blankets
Hand warmers (optional, but recommended)
Ice scraper and snow brush
Flashlight (hand-cranked or battery-powered with spare batteries)
Bag of sand or kitty litter for traction (if you get stuck)
5. Get a Remote Starter
Few things feel worse than scraping your windshield in the freezing cold, then getting into a frigid car with an icy steering wheel. It’s uncomfortable, but it also means you have to be out the door a few minutes earlier to get to your destination on time.
Not with a remote starter. Just push the button 5-10 minutes before you leave, and your car will welcome you with a cozy interior and clear windshields.
It’s not just for your convenience, though, but for the health of your engine and transmission. Sure, modern cars may not need to idle for several minutes. However, you still need to take it easy on braking and accelerating for the first few minutes of driving. If you start your car ahead of time and let it warm up, you won’t need to wait as long.
Get yourself a remote starter from Car Pretty today to make frozen windshields and painfully-cold steering wheels a thing of the past.
Maintaining a vehicle is a lot of work, especially since there are so many moving parts.
One piece of particular importance is the headlights. These help you see ahead of your vehicle in less than ideal lighting conditions. Plus, you can use them to communicate information with other drivers — such as their brights are on.
Consequently, you want to protect these vital components of your vehicle — and that’s what headlight covers and protective films are for. Here are some benefits of using either one.
The most obvious benefit of putting covers or film on your headlights is safety. If your headlights are damaged, driving at night becomes much more dangerous. By putting covers on, you can reduce the chances of your headlights being damaged from any rocks or sticks your car kicks up.
Film can help defend against knicks and scratches, too — not to mention all the bugs that come out in the summer.
The sun also poses a threat to your safety on the road — at least when it comes to headlights. Over time, the sun’s rays can cause your headlights to become hazy and yellow, reducing your visibility on the road.
Both headlight covers and films keep these rays from causing this discoloration.
The one downside to films, however, is that you have to replace them once you take them off. Still, the safety benefits here outweigh the costs.
Once again, that hazy, yellow color is not a very appealing look. Protecting your headlights with covers or film keeps your headlights looking sparkly clean and new.
The less damage to your car, the more it’ll be worth if you ever decide to sell it or trade it in for another car. In this case, you could better preserve your car by placing headlight covers or protective film over the headlights.
Buying headlight covers is a wise investment. It can spare you a large repair bill should you need a replacement headlight in the future.
On top of that, headlight covers are much easier to install than a brand new headlight. Having headlight covers on hand at all times will save you both money and stress.
Maintaining both protective covers and film is easy. If you have covers, you’ll need to wipe them down occasionally with a damp microfiber cloth — and avoid soap or chemicals. These will leave behind residue.
It’s the same story with film. However, if you don’t drive much or you’re predominantly on city streets, then you’ll need to wipe the film down even less.
Come on into Car Pretty if you need headlight protection in Philadelphia. We offer protective films and covers in a variety of colors and styles to add some distinction to your vehicle while keeping your headlights safe. Contact us today if you’re interested!
Getting your brand in front of the right customers — and getting those customers to pay attention — isn’t an easy job. The average modern person sees around 5,000 ads per day.
How do you stand out among such a barrage of advertising?
Vehicle graphics are actually quite a powerful way to do so. By putting your branding on vehicles, you essentially create mobile billboards.
Here are five reasons why we believe vehicle graphics are an excellent way to advertise your business.
Advertising by wrapping your vehicles with your branding can reach a massive audience if done right. Depending on your fleet size and driving distance, you could reach tens of thousands of potential customers!
2. It Grabs Attention...
Black, silver, gray, and occasionally bright red or orange cars are all over the road. So when your vehicle drives by with a bright wrap containing your branding, your customers take notice. The colors, combined with the rarity of seeing these wraps, will often draw plenty of eyes.
3. But It’s Not Aggressive
Think of how many ads your customer gets bombarded with daily. Radio, social media, TV, and more. They likely change the channel or tune these out because they’re tired of the aggressiveness.
That’s why vehicle graphics can be so effective. They don’t get in your customer’s face about your product, yet they catch the eye (as mentioned in #2). Customers subtly appreciate this, and many people actually enjoy looking at the wraps.
Many other forms of out-of-home advertising (such as billboards) usually have recurring costs you must pay as long as you advertise. These ad campaigns can be risky — you have to see results, or otherwise, you’re losing money.
Not so with car wrap ads. Once you invest upfront for the wrap, you can advertise with your vehicle(s) as long as you want at no extra cost.
The only time you’ll have to pay more is if you DO need to change the ad. However, this tends to be much less expensive than the recurring costs of other OOH advertising formats.
5. Target Local Customers
Sure, your website can draw in tons of traffic. But your website competes with other websites all over the world.
There is often plenty of untapped potential in your local market. First of all, customers usually like to shop locally to support their local community.
Plus, you already have a shared relationship with these customers simply by being in the same local area. Depending on what industry you’re in, your customers may have needs that only a local business in your industry can solve.
Want to reap the benefits of vehicle graphics advertising in Philadelphia? Car Pretty would be happy to help! Contact us today to learn more about our vehicle wrap, banner, and lettering service.
Many people know the benefits of tinting their windows during the summer. The sun’s rays can be harmful to you and your children due to heat and UV light, and they can fade your car’s interior over time.
But few people realize that tinting your car during the winter provides a myriad of benefits as well. Consider tinting your windows before winter hits for the following reasons.
When the roads are icy and snow covers everything, visibility is paramount. Believe it or not, window tints can actually enhance your visibility on sunny winter days.
See, the sun can reflect off the snow and cause a horrible glare when you’re driving. When the road’s slippery, this is extra dangerous. Window tints reduce this glare and help you see the road better.
You may know that window tints help keep the sun’s rays out of your car, keeping your car cool in the summer and reducing fade on the interior.
But the tint works the opposite way in the winter as well — it helps to keep more heat in. As a result, you can turn down your heat a little bit and save some gas. Day-to-day gas savings aren’t huge, but over many winters, you could save a ton of gas.
With the holidays closing in soon, you’ll more than likely have a few valuable items sitting in your car as you dash between stores doing your shopping.
If you leave these items out in the open — or any valuable items, for that matter — your car is a target for potential thieves.
By tinting your windows, it’s much harder to see inside your car. Your vehicle becomes less of a target, especially in crowded parking lots.
Interior Fade Prevention
The sun may not be out as much during the winter, but most people leave their car sitting outside in a parking lot or parking space all day. The sun still poses a threat to the interior here.
So getting your windows tinted can protect your interior at all times of the year.
Window Tint Savings
In some cases (but not all), you may be able to save a few bucks by tinting your windows during the winter. Fewer people want tinted windows when it’s less sunny, and lower demand means slightly lower prices.
This isn’t always true, though, so research pricing before you go to a window tinting professional.
Winter will be here faster than you’ll expect it to be. To experience these benefits in your car, make sure to come to Car Pretty to get your car windows tinted in Philadelphia. Our professionals do excellent work for each of our customers, and we’ll educate you about the legalities of window tinting as well. Stop by today!
Snow, sleet, ice, and freezing winds are just around the corner. These pose several challenges to daily life — especially when it comes to driving your vehicle.
Make sure to prepare your vehicle for the winter seasons. Here are some ways you can do so.
1. Fill Your Tires
As temperatures drop, tire pressure decreases. Too low of pressure in your tires can be dangerous on the winter roads.
Check your tires with a manual pressure gauge — even if your car tells you pressure in the dashboard. If you know how to fill your tires, feel free to do so. Otherwise, take it to a mechanic.
2. Inspect Your Tire Tread
Tire tread keeps your grip on the road, so it’s also important to check and make sure there’s enough tread. Here’s an easy way to do so. Hold a penny with Lincoln’s head facing you and stick it into the tire tread. If you can see Lincoln’s entire head, you need new tires. Also, make sure you rotate your tires every six months.
3. Check Your Car Battery
Car battery capacity decreases when it gets cold outside. Go to a professional and have them inspect your battery’s fluids as well as your cables.
4. Check Engine Coolant and Antifreeze
Antifreeze keeps your engine from, well, freezing. Without it, your engine could freeze and leave you stranded in the cold.
With that in mind, check your coolant and antifreeze levels. The easiest way to do this is to bring your car to a mechanic. You can do it yourself if you’d like, though.
To check your coolant, grab a kit for checking engine coolant at an auto supply store. It’ll inform you if you have the right coolant chemical mix.
As for antifreeze, consult your car’s owner’s manual on how to check it. Top off your antifreeze levels if it’s low.
5. Prepare a “Winter Supply Kit”
Prepare some emergency supplies in case you ever get stranded — whether your engine doesn’t start, you get stuck, or you slide off the road.
Items to have in this kit include:
● Energy-packed snacks (nuts or jerky, for example)
● Extra pairs of gloves
● Hand warmers
● Road flares
● One or two changes of warm clothes
● A radio
● Charger phone to call 911
● An extra ice scraper or two
● A bag of kitty litter or sand (to gain traction if you get stuck)
Having these things can be the difference between injury or worse, and coming home safely.
6. Install a Remote Starter
Let’s face it: getting in a freezing car is terrible. When the temps get really low, it can hurt to touch the wheel.
And then there’s the defrosting. You’ve got to spend minutes in the freezing cold scraping your windshield, windows, and mirrors. Not fun.
That’s where a remote starter comes in handy. Start the vehicle from the warm comfort of your home and wait a minute or so. Then, it’s just a short dash to the vehicle before you’re back in the warmth of the climate controls.
Your windshield, windows, and mirror will also be mostly defrosted by then, too.
At Car Pretty, we now offer remote starter systems to our customers. If you’re sick of scraping your windows every day of the winter, stop in and talk to us about getting a remote starter for your vehicle!
Window tinting is a popular service among car owners due to tinting’s many benefits. But there are also numerous myths and misinformation surrounding car tinting. Car Pretty aims to educate our customers about the benefits of window tinting, so below, we’ll dispel 6 window tinting myths.
Myth 1: It’s All About Looks
It’s true, tinting your windows looks cool. It gives your car a sleeker look.
But people don’t invest in tints just to show off. Tints also make your car feel cool. Tints block up to 60% of heat from the sun.
Additionally, window tints block out UV radiation that could otherwise pose a threat to passengers and cause the vehicle’s interior to fade.
Myth 2: It’s Illegal
There is no uniform “car tinting is illegal” rule. Tinting laws differ by state and locality. Some may be stricter about tinting, while others may offer you more freedom.
Always check your local laws before going to get your windows tinted.
Myth 3: Tinting Will Decrease the Vehicle’s Value
For the vast majority of cars, tinting does not cause a drop in value. The resale value will depend more on the car’s overall condition, maintenance history, and similar factors.
That said, some buyers may not like the tints. But that also means some buyers prefer cars with tinted windows because they won’t have to get tints after purchasing the car from you. Seek out those buyers.
Myth 4: Tinted Windows Don’t Break
So far, we see that tinted windows offer plenty of benefits. Unfortunately, “unbreakable windows” is not one of them. Window breakability depends mostly on the hardness of the glass.
Still, tints add a bit more strength to the windows. Thieves may need to put a little more effort into their swings.
But consider this: tinted windows make it harder to see inside your car’s interior. Any potential thieves strolling through a parking lot at night are less likely to target your car, because they can’t see if there are valuables located within.
Myth 5: Tinted Windows Always “Bubble Out” At Some Point
Some tints will bubble out, creating ugly, purplish bubbles — but only if you use cheap materials or hire untrained amateurs.
The best materials for tints are metals, hybrids of dye and metal, crystalline materials, and ceramic particles.
Myth 6: Window Tinting is Easy, Professionals Aren’t Needed
Tinting’s an easy job, right?
Well, not exactly. Doing it yourself can result in a bad-looking and bad-functioning finished product that eventually begins bubbling.
You’d be much better off bringing your car into a professional like Car Pretty. We have the expertise and equipment to create custom window tints with precision. Since we’re a professional tint installer, you also get a warranty should anything go wrong.
But we go beyond installing the tint to educate you on each aspect of the tinting process as well as the local laws surrounding tinting.
If you’re looking for a professional tinter in Philadelphia to provide you a tint that makes your car look and feel cool, contact Car Pretty today: (215) 688-2000
Many believe that tinting’s benefits don’t go beyond aesthetics. It looks cool, but there’s no other point, right?
Actually, window tinting offers several safety benefits — especially if you live in a warm climate. See, the sun can cause several harmful effects. Tinting protects passengers — particularly your children — from several harmful effects the sun can cause.
Keep reading to learn more about how window tinting can keep your child safe.
Prevents Their Seat From Getting Too Hot
Leaving your car in the sun for a long time can cause your child’s seat to get extremely hot — especially if your car exterior and/or interior have dark colors.
This increases the risk of your child getting burnt.
Tinting your windows reflects a lot of the sun’s heat, keeping the seats cooler and safer.
Protects Them UV Rays
You can’t get sunburned through windows, but that doesn’t mean your child is safe from potential skin damage.
Most car windshields protect against UVA and UVB rays. However, read and side windows tend only to deflect UVB — the kind that causes sunburn.
UVA still makes it through, though. These rays can penetrate the skin more deeply, causing skin aging and increasing skin cancer risk.
The right window tinting can block 99% of these rays, offering much more protection for your child.
Protects Their Eyes
Driving involves looking at a lot of light sources:
Headlights & high beams
Police/emergency vehicle lights
Sunlight is again particularly dangerous, as your child’s ocular lens can filter the sun’s rays as effectively as an adult eye. Combined with the other sources of light, and your child could suffer serious eye problems from constant exposure.
But if you tint your windows, you can block out much of this light and shield your child’s more delicate eyes.
Other Benefits of Window Tinting
Here are a few other benefits that both you and your child will experience when you tint your windows.
Keeps Interior Cool
Window tinting helps keep the entire interior cool — the air, too, not just seats and other items. You won’t have to blast the A/C on high. On especially hot days, dehydration won’t be as much of a worry, as you and your child will sweat less.
Prevents Car Interior From Fading
Prolonged sun exposure can lead to unsightly fade on your car’s interior over time. If you ever decide to sell your car, a faded interior can lower its value.
Helps You Maintain Vehicle Control
Unexpected high beam glare or other bright lights at night can startle you and make it hard to see — which is quite dangerous. Tints reduce the effects of these lights, boosting safety a bit more.
Protect Your Child With Professional Window Tints
If you need window tints to keep you and your child safe, turn to Car Pretty Window Tinting. We’ve been installing window tints in Philadelphia for over 20 years, earning the trust of numerous customers.
We’ll make sure you understand the full benefits of window tinting, as well as the legalities surrounding the feature. Come in today and have the professionals at Car Pretty Window Tinting install your tints.
Window tints can do a lot of good. Some tinting benefits include:
Protects your skin from harmful UV rays
Protects your interior from wearing away from sun exposure
Protects your child
Improves visibility (less sun getting in your eyes from the side)
Helps keep your car cool
Increases your sense of security and privacy
Makes your vehicle less of a theft target
Enhances your vehicle’s look
However, states have enacted laws restricting the use of window tints for a variety of reasons. It’s vital to know the rules pertaining to tinting your car windows in Pennsylvania to reap the benefits without running into legal trouble.
To that end, we’ve listed the basics below. Read on to stay informed about tinting laws.
Tint Darkness Laws
One major reason that regulators put tinting laws in place is to ensure enough light can make it through your windows. The measure this with Visible Light Transmission (VLT), the percentage of light that makes it through the windows.
These amounts differ depending on if your vehicle is a traditional “car” or an SUV/van.
Here are the rules for sedans:
Front windows: Must allow more than 70% of light into the vehicle.
Back windows: Must allow more than 70% of light into the vehicle.
Windshield: Must allow more than 70% of light in. Any level of darkness is allowed on the top 3 inches.
Rear window: Must allow more than 70% of light into the vehicle.
Here are the rules for SUVs and vans:
Front windows: Must allow more than 70% of light in.
Back windows: Any level of darkness is allowed.
Windshield: Must allow more than 70% of light in. Any level of darkness is allowed on the top 3 inches.
Rear window: Any level of darkness is allowed.
Tint Reflection Laws
In Pennsylvania, the law also limits the amount of light your vehicle’s windows can reflect. Once again, this differs for cars and SUVs/vans.
Pennsylvania doesn’t seem to have rear window or windshield tinting laws. It’s only for the front and back side windows.
The general rules for cars, SUVs, and vans are the same. No mirrored or metallic appearances on the front side or back side windows.
Tinting laws don’t just apply to your windows and windshield. Here are some other rules to keep in mind:
Side mirrors: Pennsylvania requires dual side mirrors if your back window is tinted.
Colors: Pennsylvania does not explicitly ban any tinting colors.
Certificates: Pennsylvania does not require film manufacturers to certify the film they sell.
Stickers: Pennsylvania requires you to have a sticker that identifies that your window tints are legal.
Pennsylvania does allow medical exemptions for window tints.
Follow Local Laws
Local laws and county rules may differ from Pennsylvania’s when it comes to window tinting. Make sure you understand the tinting laws where you live before tinting your windows.
At Car Pretty, we don’t just offer you window tints: we also educate you on the legalities of installing film on your vehicle. Come to Car Pretty today to enhance the comfort and functionality of your vehicle.