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Selling a car? Ditch the fags

With the new smoking ban prohibiting drivers smoking in commercial vehicles, there have been calls for a ban on smoking for all drivers. This could not just reduce traffic accidents, but also add to the value of your car, Easier Motoring reports. British Car Auctions (BCA) says that presentation is the top factor influencing the price a seller can get for a used car after specifications. Tim Naylor, PR manager at BCA, said: "Presentation is not just about how it looks, but how it smells! It's another good reason for smokers to avoid lighting up in their car. This will avoid the lingering smell of cigarettes hanging in the interior as well as eliminate the risk of discolouring and leaving scorch marks in the ashtray or on upholstery. All of these things will put buyers off, even if they smoke themselves."He added that although valeting can reduce the discolouration and damage done by cigarettes in the car, it can be expensive and time-consuming. Mr Naylor said that thousands of ex-fleet vehicles will enter the market which have never been smoked in as a result of the smoking ban, meaning that cars that have been smoked in are at a disadvantage."At the end of the day, motorists buying a used car don't want to be reminded of the previous owner every time they get behind the steering wheel. Keeping the car clean and fresh can help sellers boost the final sale price of their vehicle dramatically," he concluded.

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