Experts say smoked-in motors are worth as much as £2 000 less at trade-in

Smoking's bad for your car's health: Experts say smoked-in motors worth as much as £2,000 less at trade-in Cost of returning smoked-in cars to fit for resale condition could shave value off your vehiclePhysical damage and smell have to be rectified at a cost before selling onSmoking with children on board banned in October 2015  

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We all know smoking is bad for our health, but did you know it's bad for your car too?

If you've been lighting up in your vehicle, your car could be worth up to £2,000 less when it comes time to trade it in, according to experts.

CAP Automotive, which specialises in vehicle values, said the cost of making a smoked-in car fit for resale could considerably reduce the value of your car when you part exchange it for something new.

Bad for your [car's] health: Smoked-in cars will be valued lower than those that haven't been to cover the cost of eradicating the damage and smell caused

Bad for your [car's] health: Smoked-in cars will be valued lower than those that haven't been to cover the cost of eradicating the damage and smell caused

The two main issues for dealers taking smoked-in cars in part exchange are physical damage to the interior and smell - something many smokers either don't notice or think is solved by using an air freshener. 

'If you're a smoker, the first thing a dealer will do is knock back the price of your part exchange,' says Philip Nothard, retail and consumer editor of the CAP Black Book. 

'That's because a car for part-ex has to be made fit for re-sale – a process which is considerably more difficult and expensive when that car was previously driven by a smoker.' 

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'Even if there is no obvious damage, the smell of smoke is a major problem for motor dealers.

'Smoke becomes ingrained in the fabric of the car and climate control, requiring a professional valet and a special 'bomb' to clean the air conditioning. 

'This can cost anything up to £150 and is still no guarantee that the vehicle will smell sufficiently fresh. 

'In severe cases, the internal fabric and head cloth may have to be stripped out too – a process which can cost hundreds of pounds.'

Banned: You could be issued with a £50 on-the-spot fine if caught smoking in a car with children on board

Banned: You could be issued with a £50 on-the-spot fine if caught smoking in a car with children on board

Add on the cost of repairing any marks, stains and cigarette burns to dash and upholstery and a car driven by a heavy smoker could easily lose up to £2,000 at trade-in.

'Some dealers tell us they won't even buy vehicles from smokers, because of the time and expense of getting the car properly clean and free of lingering smells,' Mr Nothard added.

'Everyone knows that smoking is bad for our health but few people realise that it can also have a surprisingly nasty impact on the value of your car.'

As of 1 October, it is illegal to smoke in a vehicle carrying children and those caught doing so can be issued with £50 on the spot fines. 

However, before the introduction of the new law two months ago, a spokesman for the National Police Chiefs’ Council said motorists caught smoking a cigarette with children on board will be given a slap on the wrist and let off with a warning rather than issued with a fine. 

THE IMPACT OF SMOKING IN CARS ON PART-EX VALUES (CAP AUTOMOTIVE)

 

 

EXAMPLE 1

 Ford Mondeo, 2011 (11 plate)

Mileage: 50,000 miles 

Non-smoking car px value: £6,600 

Car that's been smoked in px value: £6,175

Cost difference: £425

 

  

 

EXAMPLE 2 

Mercedes E class, 2012 (61 plate) 

Mileage: 40,000 miles

Non-smoking car px value: £12,650 

Car that's been smoked in px value: £11,950

Cost difference: £700 

 



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