This conversation is ancient, but I've just bought my 2nd new smart and am thinking of having it tinted. I have a few questions. I know every state has different laws about darkness of tint, but in VA, you can't tint the front window, unless you only tint the top 5 inches. I think it would look very odd, having the back and sides shaded, but not the front (where I really want it) and odder still to have just the top inches shaded.
Also, in VA the police are very strict about this. I had to go to traffic court to testify in a case (it wasn't me!) and before our bad guy was called, I heard a dozen cases of people ticketed for too dark tint, who had to show proof they had it removed. How dark is 35%? Is it worth it?
Other smart owners have had this done and it does help keep the car cooler in the summer (as well as the winter, unfortunately.) Most recommend having the tint applied professionally and getting a statement from the installer certifying that the tint is compliant with your state's requirements. Keep in mind that most law enforcement officers are not too keen on approaching a car where they can't clearly see the occupants.
Thanks for your reply. I would have it done professionally, of course, but it's that broad expanse of front windshield that is the problem. I *really* hate the sun. I don't want to see it, or have it see me :-) If I am going to have this done, I want to know if anyone has had the front done to meet the AS1 or 5 inches limits and does it look strange? I want to know if 35% is worth it. If I'm still going to be squinting, or have my car windows looking glaringly different, I won't bother. I'd love to see images of how it looks after.
Thanks George - can you say what % tint you have, and if it actually keeps out the sun?
I have 10% tint all around which is not legal in Florida. Even the police cruisers in my town have darker than legal tint so I think I will be ok unless I rob a bank or something and use the smart as a get away car. I have some pics of it in my gallery. It does keep the car cooler. Most of the heat comes through the pano roof even with the sun screen closed. I would like to trade for a solid roof one of these days.