Helpful Definition for: Window Tinting, Stereo & Alarms
Window tinting, stereo and alarm dealers, also called automotive styling services, offer a myriad of options for customizing and securing vehicles. Done professionally, a window tinting job protects the vehicle's interior from sun damage while also keeping it cooler and preventing flying glass in the event of an accident. Note that all 50 states have laws regulating the window tinting of passenger vehicles; the shop doing the tinting should be familiar with the applicable statute. Some businesses will also do window tinting on residential windows. Vehicle audio packages may range from a simple CD changer to more sophisticated units including MP3, USB, BlueTooth, and cell phone compatibility. Others also come with satellite radio, touch screen DVD, or built-in navigation. Custom speakers and sub-woofers are other popular options. Car alarms are electronic devices installed to discourage vehicle theft. These alarms work by emitting a high-volume sound when triggered, as well as by flashing the vehicle's lights. Options include a paging system that notifies the owner when the alarm is activated, and interruption of various electrical circuits necessary for the car to start (immobilizers). Remote car alarms generally consist of an additional radio receiver that lets the owner control the alarm from a key fob. Remote alarms typically come equipped with an array of sensors along with immobilizers and motion detectors.