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From 1st October 2015, drivers in England and Wales will be banned from smoking in their cars whilst carrying passengers under the age of 18 in a move to protect children and young people from the dangers of second-hand smoke*. But, as well as the clear health benefits of the ban, BCA suggests there are clear financial advantages too.

“Presentation is absolutely key when it comes to determining the value of a used car” explained Tim Naylor, Editor of the BCA Used Car Market Report. “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, issues with visible damage such as cigarette burns and nicotine-staining are a real concern for used car buyers.”

Naylor 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.”

He concluded “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.”


*Source: GOV.CO.UK: New rules about tobacco, e-cigarettes and smoking: 1st October 2015

For further information please contact:
Madeleine Roles, Wendy Harrison or Ally Redding at HSL on 020 8977 9132

Or Tim Naylor on 01252 878555/07710 365023 Email:

Notes to editors:

BCA is Europe’s largest used vehicle marketplace, selling over 1 million vehicles annually through physical and digital channels and delivering a range of specialist services including inventory and de-fleet management, logistics, buyer finance, dealer systems and remarketing partnerships.

Ally Redding
Telephone: 020 8977 9132
Address: Churcham House|1 Bridgeman Road|Teddington|TW11 9AJ
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