Asked on Jun 1, 2013

How to get Cigarette smoke smell out of a used car we bought?

WebbRowanSherrieShirley L


We bought a used car and have a smell that we think is from cigarette smoke. We need to know of a how to eliminate the smell. It was covered up when we bought the car.
7 answers
  • Gigles Bonno
    on Jun 2, 2013

    I heard to use a bowl of used coffee grounds. Just set that in your car for a couple of days and it absorbs the nasty odors. I have not had a chance to use it in a car, but it does work other places.

  • Debra Gresham
    on Jun 2, 2013

    Any dealership probably has an ozone machine that will work. Also changing the ac filter will make a difference.

  • Chris Broyer
    on Jun 2, 2013

    I sprayed my car interior with white vinegar after a child vomited. Leave the windows open and the smell of the vinegar will dissipate.

  • Shirley L
    on Jun 3, 2013

    I used a cup of vinegar, works great. Also cleaned the windows, cleaned the carpet with resolve carpet cleaner, and changed the air filter.

  • Sherrie
    on Jun 3, 2013

    After you clean the car the windows, the leather, then use a ozone machine. You can rent them from a handy man company that rents equipment. Debra is right. But you have to get rid of the source of the smell first and that means cleaning it up and then using the machine.

  • WebbRowan
    on Jan 26, 2016

    I would suggest that you ask the seller of the car to see what he can do about it, or ask if he will discount it for you because of the smell. You could save a pretty penny in terms of finances if you can tell the seller where his car falls short. Unless of course it was a deal that you couldn't refuse! In that case. Baking Soda. Lots of it.

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