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Wednesday, October 28 2020
Benefits of Car Window Tints in The Winter Time

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.

Visibility

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.

Fuel Savings

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.

Theft Prevention

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!


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Philadelphia, PA 19115

Phone: (215) 688-2000

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Tuesday, October 20 2020
How to Prepare Your Vehicle For the Winter Season

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)

● Flashlight

● Extra pairs of gloves

● Hand warmers

● Road flares

● Blankets

● 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!

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