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Smoking can drag down the value of your car says HPI

Smoking can drag down the value of your car says HPI
With the 2019 Stoptober campaign about to get underway, automotive data experts at HPI are warning motorists of the damage smoking can do their car’s health, estimating that a car driven by a heavy smoker could lose up to £2000 at trade-in.

The two main impacts smoking has on a vehicle are physical damage to the interior and smell - something many smokers are often unaware of or think can be resolved by using an air freshener.

Fernando Garcia, consumer director at HPI said: “Smoking in cars is bad news as far as re-sale health is concerned. The first thing a car dealer will do when looking at a car being sold by a smoker is knock down the price of the part exchange.  A car for part-ex has to be made fit for re-sale and this becomes considerably more difficult and expensive when that car was previously driven by a smoker.”

Cleaning up the car 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 run into hundreds or thousands of pounds depending on the extent of the smell and the type of vehicle.

Added Fernando Garcia:  “There is often no obvious visual damage but the smell of smoke is a major problem for motor dealers.  Smoke becomes ingrained in the fabric of the car and climate control system, requiring a professional valet and a specialist tools to clean the air conditioning. What many people don’t realise is that when tobacco is smoked in the enclosed environment of a car, air concentrations of tobacco smoke pollutants can become extremely high. Many of these pollutants attach to surfaces and build up in the internal systems from where they can be released back into the air over days and weeks after smoking. Opening the windows to let the smoke out is not the answer.”

Repairing any marks, stains and cigarette burns to the dashboard and upholstery add to the list of costs which drag the re-sale price down.

Concluded Fernando Garcia: “Some dealers will no longer buy cars from smokers because of the time and expense of getting the car cleaned up properly.  Everyone knows that smoking is bad for our health but few realise that it can also have a surprisingly nasty impact on car values, too. Unless consumers want to see the residual value of their vehicles literally go up in smoke, I’d urge them to try to quit or at the very least refrain from smoking inside the car when driving.”

Stoptober, the 28-day national stop smoking challenge runs until the end of October. 

HPI offers a free vehicle valuations service giving consumers the ability to buy and sell cars with utmost confidence, offering them the inside view on the total cost of ownership of a vehicle during its lifespan along with precise depreciation figures. 

Visiting www.hpi.co.uk minimises the risks of buying and selling cars in the used car market and can safeguard against paying over the odds of not getting the best-asking price. 

*Article Source www.hpi.co.uk