Smoking in a car reduces value

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Drivers who like to enjoy a cigarette whilst they are on the road could be unwittingly reducing the resell value of their car for the future.

Online retailing specialist Autorola has warned those with car insurance policies that smoking whilst they are in their vehicle can, in the company's experience, reduce the value of a second hand car by between £250 and £300.

Last week, the British Medical Association called for a complete ban on smoking in cars, to protect children and those with respiratory problems from the effects of second hand smoke.

"The impact of smoking can impact residuals, particularly on the larger higher specified executive cars, to the point that it may not find a buyer if it hasn’t been thoroughly valeted."

Autorola advised drivers who have smoked in their vehicles to hire a professional interior cleaner to try to get rid of the smell, although it warned that it is unlikely the smell can ever be fully gotten rid of.

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