Drivers urged to stub out the cigarettes

Monday, 19 March 2012

Car insurance owners who smoke are not just damaging their health – they are damaging their car too, it has been claimed.

British Car Auctions (BCA) is warning about the effects of smoking in cars ahead of National No Smoking Day on March 14th.

The company said any driver who has lit-up in their vehicle over a period of time can expect to see a "serious dent" in the value of their car when they come to sell.

It cited research from the British Medical Association that suggests the levels of toxins in a car can be 23 times higher than in a smoky bar.

Tim Naylor of BCA said: "But if drivers aren't motivated by the health of their passengers, perhaps they will be by the diminishing health of their finances.  Lighting up inside a car seriously devalues the vehicle for resale.

"Our research shows that presentation is one of the top factors influencing the price of used cars. So if a car is more like an ashtray on wheels, chances are buyers will move on to find one that looks and smells fresh as a daisy."

Mr Naylor said motorists should avoid smoking in their car, especially if they want to sell. While professional valeting can alleviate most of the effects of smoking, these services can be expensive, he added.

On this year's No Smoking Day more than one million smokers are expected to make an attempt to quit.

Posted by Noel Martin 

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