How To Get Smoke Smell Out Of A Car
Prepping different types of cars for sale often requires a significant cleaning to get the best price. Whether you're a dealer or selling a personal vehicle, prospective buyers carefully compare cars, looking for the best example of the one that suits them. But what happens if the car you're selling smells of smoke or some other foul odor? What's the best method to get smoke smell out of a car? What are the resale value implications of smoke and smells?
"The price guidebooks like Kelley Blue Book and Black Book won't give you a dollar figure on how much a foul-smelling car will cost you in resale value,” said Jack R. Nerad, editor of Driving Today. “Depending upon the level of odor, the effect could go from a minimum of $100 or so to making the car completely unsalable. Would you buy a car that reeked if you were uncertain you could make the smell go away?"
In a report from September 2013, Manheim Consulting, part of the Manheim auction company, reported that there was about a 3% reduction in value for vehicles with a foul or smoky smell. In other words, a $300 reduction in value for a vehicle with a $10,000 price point.