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28 May 2013 - Banning smoking in cars driving children – good for motorists' health and finances

BCA highlights the financial pain of smoking in cars as Scottish MSP launches bid to ban smoking in vehicles

London 28th May 2013 – Today, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP, Jim Hume, has called for a ban on smoking in vehicles when children are present.  For motorists who smoke in their vehicle, leading vehicle remarketing company, British Car Auctions (BCA) also provides firm evidence to suggest that smoking in a vehicle over a period of time will cause a serious dent in the value of the car when a motorist comes to sell it. 

“The British Medical Association recently highlighted research showing the levels of toxins in a car can be up to 11 times higher than in a smoky bar”, said Tim Naylor of 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.”

Professional valeting can alleviate most of the effects of smoking, but is expensive and time consuming and might mean replacing some interior trim, such as nicotine-stained headlinings.

Naylor concluded “Motorists should avoid having a cigarette in their car, especially if they intend to sell it in the near future. This will avoid the lingering smell of cigarettes in the interior, as well as eliminate the risk of scorch marks on the upholstery or dash. All of these things will put buyers off, even if they smoke themselves.”