I wasn’t planning on buying a new van this soon, but when I spotted this gem on Craigslist, I couldn’t pass it up. It’s a 2005 Honda Odyssey with 96,000 miles. A fantastic deal for only $4,400. I can finally listen to music again, thanks to the six disc CD changer. Sliding doors on both sides open automatically by pushing a button on the key fob.

How many of you have a house with an automatic front door!?

Honda Odyssey

The Windstar has curtains to block the windows, preventing people from looking in. I picked them up at Target for cheap and they have really worked out well. But for the new ride, I want to minimize the use of curtains to create a “cleaner” look inside. Super-dark limo tint should do the trick and still allow me to see outside. I called a local tinting shop for a price. $450 dollars was the quote I received for the five windows in back. After thinking about it for a bit, I realized that would be a big waste of money.

“Why not just do it myself?”

I mean, this isn’t a fancy car that requires a show-quality install. Who cares if it’s not perfect? Nobody will see it anyways, especially since I’ll be applying it over the existing dark factory tints. Hopefully that will make it impossible to see in.

$60 bucks on Amazon gets you the rolls of tint and all the tools needed. I’ve heard it’s a challenge to install, so stay tuned to see how it goes. Worst case if I can’t do it, I’ll just remove all the tint and pretend I’m in a fish tank.