Latest survey will make you think twice before you smoke in your car again
"It's far better to pull over and get out before you light up."
As of 2017, smoking in a car while children are present has been illegal and offenders will be faced with a fixed fine of €100 with potentially more serious consequences.
However, it seems as though even if smokers are by themselves while lighting up in a car, they could still see heavy financial losses.
A survey conducted by Carbuyer found that 87% of people would refuse to buy a car that's been smoked in and as well as this, people who smoke in their cars run the risk of losing thousands of pounds when they try to sell the car on or trade it in.
Around 6,000 people were surveyed and their findings are echoed by the automotive data specialists at cap-hpi, who estimate that once potential smells, stains and burn marks had been taken into account, a car driven by a heavy smoker could easily lose up to €2,260.
Carbuyer’s editor, Stuart Milne, said the solution to the problem is a simple one: "With the cost of smoking increasing all the time, lighting up in your car is yet another hidden expense. Not only does our research show that a car that's been smoked in will be harder to sell on, but it could also cost you thousands.
"Bearing this in mind, it's far better to pull over and get out before you light up."
James Dower, Black Book editor at cap-hpi, told Carbuyer that: “The first thing a car dealer will do when looking at a car being sold by a smoker is knock down the price of the part exchange. Some dealers tell us they won’t even buy cars from smokers because of the time and expense of ridding the interior of unpleasant odours.”