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Used car values 'may fall due to smoking'

Smoking behind the wheel can prove to be a problem when people come to sell their vehicles, it has been claimed.

Smoking behind the wheel can prove to be a problem when people come to sell their vehicles, it has been claimed.

According to British Car Auctions (BCA), presentation is one of the biggest factors in determining price in the used car market.

It added that buyers will always favour vehicles that are in the best possible condition, stating that smoking in an automobile could prove to be a problem as a result.

PR manager for the BCA Tim Naylor remarked that companies which own models should ensure employees do not smoke behind the wheel.

He said: "This will avoid the lingering smell of cigarettes hanging in the interior as well as eliminate the risk of discolouring and leaving scorch marks on the interior trim or upholstery."

Last year's ban on smoking in enclosed public places also involves workplaces, meaning that drivers cannot light up in lorry cabs or taxis.

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