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Tint is all that stands between your car's interior and the consequences of mankind's unending dependence on fossil fuels. It keeps harmful rays out and plays a part in keeping you and your passengers cool during drives.

There are a number of other reasons to equip your ride with tint other than to keep out the sun and heat. For one thing, tint will prevent goons and thieves from spotting whatever valuables you may have left inside you vehicle (though we'd recommend not leaving them there in the first place). Another is to keep you interior protected from sun damage and wear.

Not all tints are made equal though: some are superior, while others enter the market for the sole sake of making a quick buck. Low-quality tints are what you want to avoid, but do you know how to spot them? According to Lhorie Sunga of 3M tint distributor Winterpine, there are a few reasons why you shouldn’t scrimp when it comes to your ride's tint:

1. Wear and tear. Low-quality tints are more prone to damage and imperfections such as bubbling, adhesive issues, peeling, and a variety of other problems. Cheap or fake tints will be lucky to surpass six months of use.

2. Warranty claims. Some quality tint brands provide national warranties and will apply it for up to five years after the tint's installation. Cheap brands? Not so much.

3. Tint removal. Trusted tint products are put on via high-quality adhesives. Once removed, such adhesives will leave very little residue or marks. Basically, good quality tints are easier to remove, replace, or reinstall.

4. Color fading. After a while, car owners who have installed fake or cheap tints may begin to notice changes in the products' color—they begin to turn purple and start to shed their powder-like metal/reflective coating.

So, by now you're probably if you've made the correct choices regarding tints. Well, there are a handful of ways to know if a tint is of good quality. First off, check if the product has bad print marks which aren't in the standard size.  Next, be sure you're buying from an authorized dealer. Another way is to check the box: Original boxes are properly labeled, have a bar code, are sturdy, and feature nice logos and print.

So, planning on 'tinting' your vehicle? Then we hope this guide comes in handy. Let's also hope our government doesn't go overboard regulating them if ever they decide to do so.

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This story originally appeared on Topgear.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Fhm.com.ph editors.

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