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BCA highlights the financial benefits of National No Smoking Day

London, March 11th 2015 – A new ban preventing drivers from smoking in their cars if they are carrying children as passengers, announced one month ago today, has been hailed as a victory by leading health organisations. However, motorists are also set to enjoy a financial advantage as a result of the decision, according to the UK and Europe’s leading vehicle marketplace, British Car Auctions.

“Research* from the British Lung Foundation has found that second-hand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, some of which are known to cause cancer,” explained Tim Naylor. “But if drivers aren’t motivated by health factors, perhaps the knowledge that their finances could be set for a booster shot will be just the incentive they need. Lighting up behind the wheel can be seriously damaging to the resale value of your car.

“Presentation is arguably the most influential factor in determining the price of a used car, and findings show that smoke can stay in the air for up to two and a half hours after a cigarette, even with the windows open. Chances are that buyers will be looking for a vehicle that looks and smells fresh.”

Whilst professional valeting can alleviate many of the effects of smoking inside a car, it is an expensive and time consuming process and might even mean replacing some of the interior to truly eradicate the signs. Repairing cigarette burns, replacing nicotine-stained headlinings and alleviating the lingering smell of smoke and ash inside the car can require a substantial investment.

“The new laws don’t come into effect until October 2015, but motorists should aim to avoid smoking in their cars whether or not they have a child with them, especially if they are planning to sell the vehicle in the near future,” concluded Tim Naylor. “Whether the person you are selling to is a smoker or not, they are less likely to pay top value for a car that smells like an ashtray.”


*Source: BBC News: England Bans Smoking in Cars with Children

For further information please contact:
Madeleine Roles, Wendy Harrison, Ed McCambridge or Ally Redding at HSL on 020 8977 9132
Or Tim Naylor on 01252 878555/07710 365023 Email:

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