As the row over whether or not drivers should be allowed to smoke while behind the wheel of their car escalates, British Car Auctions (BCA) has come up with another reason why the habit might not be such a good idea.
Road safety campaigners have called for smoking to be banned as it poses a risk to drivers, and the BCA claims it is also having a detrimental effect on those wishing to sell their vehicles.
According to Tim Naylor, PR manager at BCA, the organisation’s research has revealed that, after specification, presentation was the next most important factor governing price.
Pointing out that the smell of the car was a crucial part of its presentation, he added that other side effects can be damage to the ashtray and upholstery.
"Professional business sellers realised that they were losing money on vehicles they were selling that had been smoked in," Mr Naylor added.
"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."
The ban on smoking in public places in England comes into effect on July 1st and it has been widely speculated this will lead to more people smoking while driving.