If you drive around the Twin Cities, you’ll notice vehicles with various levels of tint on the window. Tint is ideal for reducing UV rays and heat that can turn a car into an oven. If you place tint over a broken window, however, you’re wasting your time and money on the job. Before you tint your windows, bring your car to Only 1 Auto for a complete glass inspection and auto glass repair. We can restore any window in your car, truck, or SUV.


Window Tinting and Minnesota Law

No law prohibits tinting a window that is cracked or chipped. You may get pulled over, however, if you tint side windows that are filled with blemishes because it limits your vision. Minnesota is not specific as to the size of allowable cracks or chips. However, it is illegal to drive a vehicle if the windshield is discolored or cracked in a way that limits the driver’s clear view.


It is important to understand that it is up to the ticketing officer’s discretion as to whether a crack or chip in the windshield obscures or limits the driver’s view in a way that is or could be considered unsafe. Putting tint over an already hard-to-see-through glass may raise a red flag with a patrol officer.


Quality of the Tint

If you try to place tint over a side window that is damaged, you may not get a clean finish. Chips and cracks may become noticeable, and you may see a groove along the cracks. Your tint finish will look messy and unprofessional at best. If your car is insured, it costs you nothing to replace the glass, as most insurance companies will pick up the bill and not raise your rates. Take the time to visit Only 1 Auto Glass for a complete auto glass repair and then install the tint. You are guaranteed a cleaner finish.


Repairing a Tinted Window

We can fix a tinted window as quickly as we can a plain window. However, we may need to remove the tint to make the repairs. One of our ASE-certified technicians can remove the tint, repair the glass and have the finish ready for you to apply new tint. We recommend that you leave the glass repair up to the professionals, while you apply the tint yourself.


We Repair All Car Windshields and Side Windows

No matter where you live in the Twin Cities area, bring your car to Only 1 Auto Glass for complete windshield repair or auto glass replacement. Our technicians have the skill, training, and experience necessary to perform repair jobs on both domestic and foreign autos. Whether you own an SUV, truck, or sedan, you can depend on us for fast, friendly service, and affordable rates. To schedule a repair, 651-789-1111, or you can message us on our contact page. We serve car owners in Maplewood, Minneapolis, and St. Paul, Minnesota.