When the (Almost) Perfect Used Truck Smells of Old Cigarettes

Posted on: 5 May 2015

So, you've done your homework, and think you have found the perfect used truck. It is everything that you were hoping for: low mileage, clean interior, no rust, and a few well-placed upgrades. However, there is one problem. You get in and take a test drive, only to discover that the previous owner smoked, but you don't. Is this a deal-breaker, or can your dream of owning a truck be salvaged? Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to get rid of that nasty smoke smell.

Fabric Refresher

Auto dealerships usually want you to be impressed with the vehicles that they have available for purchase. However, a car or truck that has been smoked in sometimes poses more of a challenge. In order to get rid of strong smells, they will often spray an odor-neutralizing fabric refresher inside the vehicle to cover up any lingering hint of smoke. Unfortunately, this type of product generally only masks the problem temporarily. As soon as you turn on the vents, the smell comes right back. At home, fabric refresher is a good place to start, but it will only take the smell out of surface fabrics.

Clean and Shampoo

For a deeper clean, try using a carpet cleaner to shampoo your seat and rugs. The ceiling will need a gentler approach in order to make sure that the lining does not come loose from the foam insulation. Use a cloth that has been dipped in a solution of carpet shampoo and water to gently rub the entire surface. Then, turn your attention to the hard surfaces in the vehicle.


For the hard surfaces in your new vehicle, a solution of equal parts vinegar and water is great at removing odors. Simply wipe down the dash, windows, steering wheel, and any other non-porous areas of the vehicle with this combination, and allow it to dry. You can also leave a cup of vinegar in the car overnight in order to absorb even more of the odors.

Baking Soda

Once the areas that were cleaned with the carpet cleaner are completely dry, sprinkle baking soda directly on the carpet and the seats. Then let it sit for up to a day. The longer the baking soda is allowed to sit on the carpets, the better it will work to neutralize the odors.

Air Freshener

Another thing that will need to be done in order to truly eliminate the odors is to clean the air vents. Start by spraying into the vents with an odor-neutralizing air freshener. Then turn the car on, making sure that the air conditioning is set to bring in fresh air from the outside, and spray the air intake screen. Also, do the same with the heater in order to make sure that there are no odor-causing particles floating around in the vents and the duct work.

It may take a few days worth of work, but having the truck of your dreams is well worth it. By following these steps, you can make sure that your perfect truck is one that you want to drive. Ask a used car professional like Big Sky Dodge Chrysler Ltd in lethbridge for more ideas.


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