Vent visors are one of those upgrades where it’s surprisingly difficult to come back from them. These wind deflectors and rain guards allow you to crack your windows for some air flow without an insane amount of wind and even coming through your car like a hurricane. Also, they’re great for covering those angles from the sun that always seem to poke through and shine directly into your eyeball. In fact, they’re so handy, we’re all kind of wondering why manufacturers don’t offer them from the factory. Get on it, guys!
Well until they do that, let’s take a look at the wind deflector market to see what’s out there. The most common options for side window deflectors seem to be smoked or blacked out plastic, but you can also find them in chrome, camo (because of course), carbon fiber, and even paint matched to your vehicle.
Part of the decision between going for completely opaque (besides looks) and partially see through wind deflectors is to keep in mind that the front side window deflectors can limit how much you can see from certain angles, as they do effectively widen your A-pillar, and therefore that blindspot as well. It’s not a huge deal for many people, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind when shopping for these.
The next differentiator for you might been in how the different options of wind deflectors and rain guards mount. Some use the in-channel method of sliding into the same channel that your window rolls up into, and other vent visors use a tape on method. There are options for both available for most cars (though some don’t have a choice), it just depends on what you’re comfortable with. If these are going to be a permanent modification, a tape on system isn’t a bad idea. If you’re not comfortable with leaving these adhesives on your paint and might remove them at some point, then a set of in-channel vent visors might be a better bet for you.
If you’re looking to save some money on gas by using the air conditioner less, side window deflectors could be a nice solution for being able to roll your window down instead, and be able to do so without getting completely pummeled with wind. It could also be argued that wind deflectors will direct the wind away from the open window, helping with aerodynamics, as your car was designed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency with the windows closed.
Still not sure which you need? No worries, you can give us a call or hop into a chat with one of our Gearheads, and we’ll get you going with what would work best for your car and your situation. You wouldn’t think there would be so much choice when shopping rain guards or window deflectors, but yet here we are in this crowded market where every one of them looks just as good as the last!