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No tail light tint!

I have become friends with a tint shop locally. I was in to inquire on the price of a 35% tint of a 2011 BMW X3 3.5 I'm getting my wife. Conversation got around to a person we know who tinted his tail lights and was hit from behind at night. LEO noted it on accident report and insurance company immediately denied both his car and the person who hit him. In addition, the freeloader that hit him is filing suit claiming trauma due to the illegal lights. It will be a mess before it's all over and will cost the guy THOUSANDS.

I had light smoke tails until yesterday. You could hardly tell. Not any more.



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IMHO, if you tint your headlights or taillights, it qualify's you as a Darwin Award nominee.

Dumbest "mod" anyone can do to a moving vehicle.


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IMHO, if you tint your headlights or taillights, it qualify's you as a Darwin Award nominee.

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LOL here we go again

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IMHO, if you tint your headlights or taillights, it qualify's you as a Darwin Award nominee.

Dumbest "mod" anyone can do to a moving vehicle.
I hate when I see taillights tinted. Its looks great for a show room not for the road.

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I have become friends with a tint shop locally. I was in to inquire on the price of a 35% tint of a 2011 BMW X3 3.5 I'm getting my wife. Conversation got around to a person we know who tinted his tail lights and was hit from behind at night. LEO noted it on accident report and insurance company immediately denied both his car and the person who hit him. In addition, the freeloader that hit him is filing suit claiming trauma due to the illegal lights. It will be a mess before it's all over and will cost the guy THOUSANDS.

I had light smoke tails until yesterday. You could hardly tell. Not any more.
i'd be suing the idiot who tinted their tailights, too. taillights exist for a reason.
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i'd be suing the idiot who tinted their tailights, too. taillights exist for a reason.
agreed - my tint guy won't do it...guy pressed him, he said no, so he did it himself - so the installer is being sued!


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I see nothing wrong with covers if you are going to show the car, but to permantly tint them is just stupid.

Should be interesting to see the people defending this and what idiotic reasons they come up with.

"My buddy can see them from 8 miles away"

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I do want light smoke on my tails, but not if this is the result. Our "society" is way too litigious.


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Im really interested to see how the accident, the insurance side of things, turns out. In 99% of rear ender accidents the Police will hold the second driver at fault, usually issuing a summons for careless…due the fact the driver had failed to maintain a safe distance behind the 1st vehicle.

That being said, if I was the second driver I would get an attorney and immediately claim proper distance could not be accurately judged due to reduced visibility of the brake lights. And if the Officer on scene had not done so already, I would take it upon myself to sign complaints in reference to failure to maintain equipment, unsafe window glazing (can be applied to tail lights) and modification to equipment after inspection.

At least that would be the case if the accident occurred in NJ.

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I do want light smoke on my tails, but not if this is the result. Our "society" is way too litigious.
Geezo! I dont mind you risking your life as long as it does not effect others.

It is not about taking the dumb arse to court... it is about safety!

Also it goes with LED conversions... anyone driving with non-DOT approved equipment is 100% liable.

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I can offer no other details as it is third hand but the tint guy is reputable and has contracts all over the city with the car dealers - big operation - truthful guy.

I did think one comment he made about LEO's was interesting. When they get a car that has been modded, and fits the profile (read: guy driving) and see wheels, lowering, tint and other mods, they look for tint on the lights...makes sense....


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What about 5% tint on the back window that is not cut for the 3rd brake light (covering it) but still having standard DOT appoved tail lights?

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What about 5% tint on the back window that is not cut for the 3rd brake light (covering it) but still having standard DOT appoved tail lights?
You are not required to have a 3rd brake light.

If so all cars before 1987 would be forced to have them.

It was a marking gimmick to make you feel safe.

They are small and gives less light than the main lights.

Like it has not helped on rear end colisions... I think we need two more extra brake lights. Fill the whole freak'n back window!!!! This way you can tint out all them lenses. HA!!!

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Interresting.

I do believe the CHMSL (center high mount stop light aha 3rd light) is mandatory on all new vehicle...

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