Tinting vs. Your Car’s Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirrors - Conejo Auto Detail & Window Tinting | Thousand Oaks

Technology enhances our driving experience and makes us safer. The BMW X5, for example, is a standout model for safety and style. Adding window tinting improves the look, the comfort, and has a host of other benefits. However, not all forms of technology are cohesive with the whole – auto-dimming rear view mirrors, for example, don’t always play nice with window tinting.

If you really want to tint your windows nice and dark, please consider that auto-dimming rear view windows may continue to auto-dim despite the darker rear windows. The dimming sensor may be up front, closer to the mirror itself or somewhere on the dashboard, so the light readings come from the front windshield, which isn’t dimmed at all. With particularly dark tinting, this can turn into a major safety hazard.

In many cases, the auto-dimming feature cannot be adjusted. Added by the manufacturer before it even hits the dealer lot, this is a feature designed to improve safety while driving at night. Unfortunately, if window tinting is necessary to make driving bearable during the day, you’re going to have to make a decision.

Give us a call – we can take a look at your car and give you our recommendations. We’ve had years of experience with car window tinting, especially on the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz sedans and other vehicles with auto-dimming features.


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