Drive it to Arizona desert. Open the windows. Leave it for 12 to 18
I'd start by washing all the hard surfaces and then upholstery cleaner.
There are odor eliminator solutions you can wash with.
You'll NEVER get rid of it completely. It seeps into every nook and cranny
of the ventilation system, into every crevice under the dash, inside the
doors, under the seats, in the trunk, everywhere.
Use detergent to scrub every surface you can reach, hard or soft. Don't
forget the headliner. Have the seats and carpets steam-cleaned. And then
wait. Some of the stench will fade with time, the rest you may get used to.
Or not. Febreze may help. Or not. Tobacco is pretty powerful.
There's a reason why smokers' cars tend to sell for less than non-smokers'
cars. There's a reason why used-car ads make a point of telling you when a
a used-car belonged to a non-smoker.
I don't smoke so like everyone else that doesn't smoke
I'm hyper-sensitive to the smell.
But I try to control myself.
A tiny little odor isn't going to do anything to you.
I'd say clean up the car, even splurge at a detail place.
Then drive it around, especially parking in sunny places
and driving with the windows open should make the smell
tolerable in less than a year, maybe 6 months.
Since you can't get at all the places the smoke got to,
some of the smell is just going to dissipate with a half
life. It won't go away ever but it will drop below
an annoying level after a while.
I have a little spray bottle of new car smell.
One spritz and you can't smell anything else.
Good if you are worried about offending a
I was looking at cars a few years back. The dealer had a nicely priced,
fully loaded "executive" car he thought I may be interested in. I sat
in the front seat, saw a cigarette burn in the upholstery and got out.
I've been fortunate in recent years to be able to buy new cars and no
old odors and problems..
Dear TIA (love that name),
I've been able to remove tobacco film with either
pine cleaner, Amway Zoom window cleaner, or Simple
Green. Also other products, but those will do for
Christopher A. Young
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