Following the Royal College of Physicians’ review of anti-smoking laws which calls for a ban on smoking in cars, BCA has said this would be great news for values as well.
A spokesman for BCA told Car Dealer the difference in values between a car that’s been smoked in and one that hasn’t can be as much as £500 or ‘even more’.
The report says 300,000 extra child visits to GPS are the results of parents smoking in cars and in the home. And BCA says that perhaps if the health issues aren’t enough to make parents stub it out, perhaps that monkey-sized dent in their wallets will instead!
‘This is an incredibly important health issue – and we don’t want to undermine that by any means,’ said a spokesman for BCA.
‘But if drivers aren’t motivated by the health of their passengers, perhaps they will be by the diminishing health of their finances. Lighting up inside a car seriously devalues the vehicle for resale.
‘Our research shows that presentation is one of the top factors influencing the price of used cars. So if a car is more like an ashtray on wheels, chances are buyers will move on to find one that looks and smells fresh as a daisy.’
by JAMES BAGGOTT