THE forthcoming ban on smoking in vehicles that have under-18s as passengers will mean financial as well as health benefits, says BCA.
It comes into effect in England and Wales on Thursday this week in a bid to protect children and young people from the dangers of second-hand smoke.
But as well as that, Tim Naylor, editor of the BCA Used Car Market Report, said: ‘Presentation is absolutely key when it comes to determining the value of a used car, and lighting up behind the wheel can be seriously damaging to the resale potential of your car.
‘Smoking not only leaves a lingering smell in the cabin, but issues with visible damage such as cigarette burns and nicotine-staining are also a real concern for used car buyers.’
He added: ‘Our experience shows that specialist pre-sale valeting techniques have to be used to eradicate the signs of smoking in a used car. Even then, nicotine staining may require the headlining or other fabric in the interior trim to be replaced. This means the potential for added expense, inconvenience and time for the seller if they want to maximise the potential value of their car.
‘Smoking in a car is not only a health risk, it is potentially detrimental to the value of that car when the time comes to sell it. So the ban will not only be good news for motorists’ and passengers’ health but will potentially be a positive for used car values too.’
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