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Experience + Expertise = Excellence!

Richards’ Collision Center has chosen Midwest Tinting for all their customer’s auto window tinting and XPEL paint protective film services for many excellent reasons.  To begin, Midwest Tinting rivals most other tinting companies with 40 successful years in business – a track record that builds quite the reputation.  We asked the company owner, Brian, to share more of what has made Midwest Tinting exceptional and the premiere choice for window tinting in the region since 1975. 

We are happy to find ourselves among the elite, including Richard's Collision Center’s, countless satisfied clients and accounts.  Local businesses and communities rely on Midwest Tinting to solve problems for home, office and auto, finding solutions to customer needs with an educated approach for comfort, security, appearance, and benefiting  the interior and exterior integrity of your investment.

The heart of Midwest Tinting brought new products to light that could solve clients concerns such as heat rejection in the car and solar control in the home and office.  Since heat also contributes to interior fading; our high performance films block 99% of harmful UV ray.  Not only are you protecting your eyes and skin from UVA and UVB; tint helps reduce glare on a sunny day or bright headlights of an oncoming car at night. Safety and Security films for your home, store fronts and banks are solutions for anti-theft, anti-graffiti and shatter resistance.  Furthermore, films enhance interior design of the home and office with color and textured options.

Most importantly, before your car's exterior is exposed to salt, sand and road debris, we recommend XPEL Paint Protective films that help keep new paint free of rock chips, surface scratches and contamination.  A smart investment to be made on any year, make or model, also after an auto body shop’s repair.  This dynamic film prevents unsightly wear and tear from the everyday exposures of the environment.  

An intuitive approach to customer service and attention to detail set our goals high, projecting partnerships with interior design, contracting, dealerships, auto body repair and individual service.  We strive to professionally tint every piece of glass in the metro area, educate communities on the benefits of our exceptional products, and, continue to research new technologies and high performance options.  Our clients deserve the best!

Visit our informative web site for details regarding all of our home, office, and auto, window tinting services.  We serve, Independence and Lee’s Summit, MO, Overland Park, KS, and the Lake of the Ozarks. 

Join the thousands of happy Midwest Tinting customers and see why they love us so much!

Pickup Truck Fender Well Cancer

How do you prevent that ugly, rusty pickup truck fender well cancer?  We've all seen the dreaded damage cruising down the road following a shiny relatively new pickup that has trails of ugly rust spreading through the paint.  Who dreams of rust on their beloved pickup truck? Truth is:  most people just do not think about it being a problem until it's too late.   

The proactive, effective, preventive, remedy to the problem is to wash your pickup at least every 2 weeks and pullout your tail lights to clean out the debris to minimize the rust potential.  Follow up with a nice waxing at least once a quarter.  If you are in the middle of a nasty winter you should follow the procedures more often.  If you find that your truck already has the cancer and the damage has not significantly spread you can purchase from most auto parts store or online a Rust Resolver Gel that you can apply to eliminate or slow further rust damage.     

We also recommend checking your truck or car for dings or weak spots once a year.  Even minor hail damage and rock dings that are barely seen can develop rust.  These steps are not meant to be a complete cure all but it should extend the beauty and life of your paint job for many more years to come saving you unnecessary time, money, and hassle.  

Not sure how to pull out your pickup tail lights?  Stop by Richards' Collision Center at our convenient location in Grandview and a friendly member of our team will be happy to demonstrate how to pull out your tail lights quickly, safely and efficiently.  

Shrapnel Danger - Massive Air Bag Recall Alert!

At Richards' Collision Center we are asked commonly about air bag safety and what is the crash criteria for an air bag to inflate. It is a shared concern among many drivers.  This week reports that 10 major auto dealers have announced airbag recalls affecting approximately 8 million vehicles.  An unprecedented recall in the history of vehicle air bags.  So much so that the government is conducting an investigation into the serious issue.   

"Four deaths have been linked to the defect. The problem seems to be triggered by humid conditions. The Department of Transportation has taken the unusual step of urging owners of millions of vehicles who live in areas with high humidity — such as Florida, other Gulf states and Hawaii — to act immediately.  The warning cautions drivers not to use their vehicles until they are serviced by a dealer."  ( states that flying shrapnel from the faulty air bags is the greatest danger.  We urge everyone to go to this site to see if your vehicle is one of the recall models:

Read the full article about this important subject that affects millions of drivers at and please spread the word to your friends and family.  


GM issues 3 more recalls covering more than 57,000 vehicles Report - October 4, 2014 - 2:12 pm ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- General Motors issued three more recalls Saturday covering more than 57,000 vehicles in the United States for potential problems ranging from a wiring problem in the steering column to inadvertent shutdown of the engine.

The recall of 57,182 vehicles came a day after GM recalled 524,384 cars and SUVs globally for different problems. The company has issued 74 recalls this year, affecting some 30 million vehicles.  Click here to learn more and find out if your vehicle is on the recall list.