If you are looking to installing the darkest legal tint on your car, there are a number of technical considerations you need to understand, or you may end up inadvertently breaking the law, and expose yourself to financial risks and even the risk of criminal charges. Lets examine how this could happen.
In all States and Territories there is a legal ‘darkest’ tint specification. In Australia, the darkest legal tint legally allowed on a vehicle is a VLT (visible light transmission) level of 35%, on all vehicle windows (excluding the front windscreen, which cannot have any window film with the exception of the visor strip across the top). The only exception to this is in the NT and WA. In the NT you are permitted a minimum VLT of 15% for windows behind the driver; and in WA you are allowed 20% VLT on windows behind the driver.
So here’s the critical point. Most vehicles already have a slight tint in the glass in the front windows, and some have tint in all windows, this varies from model to model, and it needs to be taken into consideration when adding window tint later, otherwise the tint can end up darker than expected. Here’s how this can happen.
Imagine the factory windows on your car already block 30% of light. When a film with the “darkest legal tint” of 35% is added to this window, it will emit only 35% of light into a window that is already only emitting 70% of light. That means the final VLT will be the sum of both VLT ratings, i.e. significantly darker than the film rating that you install.
This is critical to take into account because if as a driver you accidently fail to comply with tinting laws, getting a fine is the least of your problems. Even worse is being involved in an accident and having your dark windows considered by the court as a contributing factor to the accident. If this happens you could find your insurance policy becomes null, leaving you exposed to the full financial implications of the accident. And to rub salt into the wound, a criminal charge could even apply if property is damaged or people are hurt.
Then there’s the inconvenience of having your car declared un-roadworthy. If this happens the car can’t be driven again until it has been put through roadworthy testing, in which case the illegal tint will have to be stripped off the windows. What a waste of time and money!
So what do I really want you to get from this article? When it comes to window tinting, make sure you use a quality product and that your installer has the expertise to be able to offer you the best solution for your circumstances, which includes a legal VLT rating.
If you have a car that your parents used to drive in the eighties or nineties then you should now smile because you are the proud owner of a classic ride. As much as these cars are considered the new classics you still have a good reason to smile and that is you do not have to spend much when it comes to insurance.
995-2000 Acura Integra Type R
Hear that buzzing noise coming from your town’s main drag? That’s the legacy of the Integra Type R. Yes, it came out of the factory with only 197 horsepower from its 1.8-liter four-cylinder and front-wheel-drive, but tuners have been giving it a lot more juice in the years since. If you see one today, chances are it has a loud, oversized exhaust and isn’t going to waste much time blowing by you.
1994-2001 AM General Hummer
These are some of the basic specs on this vehicle: 16 inches of ground clearance, 15 feet long, more than seven feet wide, roughly 8,000 pounds of curb weight and combined fuel “efficiency” of 15 miles per gallon or less. There isn’t anything practical about a military vehicle stripped of its desert camouflage and rolled onto U.S. roads that are in no way built to handle it, but if you own this vehicle you’re probably not using it on roads all that often.
One would ask why are some people still obsessed with classic cars? We know there are even people who keep large collections of the same while others are busy buying the latest sports car in the market.
Classic car owners mostly don’t embark upon a journey to reach a destination, but instead the journey is the destination.
Nostalgia also plays a large part in the appeal of classics. They all have a history, be it interesting or not. Some have achieved great things in their lives, such as competing in and winning races, expeditions or endurance events, whilst others have overcome challenges that are far more mundane but no less important to the owner.
Classic cars all have a story to tell about what they have accomplished in their lives, where they have been, and why they are still in operation. The cracks in the leather or the scratches on the paint are seen by some as imperfections, but to aficionados of classic cars, these are a record of the car’s history, adding to its character and chronicling its life.
There are people who love vintage cars and they have a grand collection to prove it. Two of the biggest collectors are from an oil rich country and they have proven that they do know how to select their toys. One can be certain that the fuel needed for the vehicles is not a problem.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
With a staggering $20 billion net worth and the largest royal palace in the world with diamond and gold gilded bathrooms, it is no wonder that he is able to amass some 7000 cars consisting of 209 BMWs, 574 Benz, 452 Ferraris, 179 Jaguars, 382 Bentleys, 134 Koenigseggs, a slew of Lamborghinis, Aston Martin, SSC, Cicero BDB Maestro, and so on. His limited edition and concept cars made only for him like the Ferrari Mythos, Pininfarina-designed Jaguar, Bentley Java and 4×4 Dominator, a Koenigsegg Agera CC GT and a Porsche Carma are definitely a sight to behold. Definitely, this is one person who sees collecting top-rated cars as child’s play.
Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan
A billionaire member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling elite, the “Rainbow Sheik” is quite renowned for his colorful collections of 7 Mercedes S-Classes, each one in a different color of the rainbow. Additionally, he also has customized Mercedes monster trucks, a slew of Jeep’s for the largest Bedouin Caravan, a Dodge Power Wagon, and whatever sensational cars he can find to match his equally sensational personality. What makes him unique is how he stashed his worthy finds in a pyramid.