In the coming months we are going to look at the main things that can be damaging to the resale value of your car and we think you will be shocked by some of them…
Smoking in your car is damaging the resale value!
Now we don’t need to get self-righteous about smoking, we all know the health risks and if you do choose to smoke, that is quite rightly your decision to make. However, did you know by smoking in your car you could be seriously affecting the re-sale value in the future.
Recent research by CAP HPI have found that smoking in your car could knock a whopping £2,000 off its re-sale value!
Why does smoking affect the re-sale value?
Public perceptions of smoking have changed over the last 20+ years as people are better educated about the serious negative effects smoking has on our bodies. Recent research has highlighted that a huge 87% of people in the used car buying market won’t purchase a car that has previously been smoked in. By smoking in your car, you’re essentially reducing the demand for that vehicle, less demand means a lower price.
What effects does smoking have on your car and can the damage be reversed?
A lot of the time you don’t notice the effects smoking has on your car as you’re used to the smell, but that smoke odour is notoriously difficult to get out of your car. Cigarette smoke becomes ingrained in your car’s upholstery and air conditioning system and removing the odour completely requires specialist and often professional valeting products and servicing. In some extreme cases, the upholstery must be completely stripped out and replaced, this can cost hundreds of pounds.
How to tell if the car you’re looking to purchase has been smoked in
If you’re looking to purchase a used car, always check for smoke damage, even if it’s not something that would bother you (if you’re already a smoker), if it’s not something that bothers you, you may be able to negotiate a better price with the seller if the car has previously been smoke in. Here are the tell-tale signs:
- Odour – If the car has had a previous smoker that heavily smoked in there, you will be able to smell it straight away. Make sure you give the upholstery a thorough sniff check and make sure you turn the air conditioning/fan system on.
- The ash tray – Look for burn marks in the ash tray, if that car has previously been smoked in, you will notice the burn marks in the ash tray.
- The lighter – Look at the cigarette lighter, it’s easy to tell if it has been heavily used and there may also be ash around the edge.
- Burn marks in the upholstery – Inspect the upholstery, there may be burn marks from accidentally dropped cigarettes.
If you notice any of these tell-tale signs and smoking bothers you, walk away from the sale, the right car will be out there for you, if it doesn’t bother you, pretend like it does and negotiate a better price!