Why do cars come into NZ without the 2 fronts tinted?

1st Oct 2017


Why do I see cars in New Zealand without the two fronts windows tinted?


You may have spotted this strange look on the streets before: a well cared for Japanese branded car, but for some strange reason, only the rear and back windows are tinted, leaving the front windows of the car open with a clear view of the occupants.

Not only does it look a little unbalanced style-wise; but the driver and passenger are exposed to harmful UV light - with the potential to damage both their skin and the vehicle’s interior. But why does this happen?

The reason is actually quite simple. It’s a little known fact that in Japan vehicle owners are not allowed to tint the front two side windows of domestic vehicles, and with so many imports from that side of the world, it’s become a common sight here. In 2015 alone, 113,183 Used Passenger Vehicle were imported from Japan to New Zealand, making it the biggest market for Japanese used cars in the world (followed closely by the United Arab Emirates and Myanmar).

Of course there’s no need to worry about the safety of your trusty Nissan or reliable Toyota; New Zealand has stringent safety and emission standards. Besides Biosecurity clearance and Customs clearance, a vehicle must be Entry Certified by a Transport Services Delivery Agent (TSDA) which includes checking that paper data and physical data meet safety, emissions, and fuel consumption standards.

Luckily in New Zealand we are able to tint the two front side windows, which then gives you the maximum UV protection, glare and heat reduction - and makes your car look so much better! We can even match the colour of the new tints to the existing shade of glass, ensuring a polished look.

Remember, at Tint A Car we only tint legally so we can ensure that your vehicle will pass its WOF and is covered for insurance should you have an accident. It’s worth mentioning that in New Zealand no tinted overlays are permitted on the windscreen. You may however have anti-glare bands that extend no lower than the bottom of the sun visors when folded against the windscreen.

So there you have it, one of life’s little mysteries is solved. If you’ve got a ‘half-naked’ Japanese imported car, why not book in for a tint with your local Tint A Car? Our friendly team would love to hear from you and answer any further questions you may have about car window tinting. Give them a ring on 0800 TINT A CAR (0800 846 822), or fill out our simple enquiry form online.