How to Remove Smoke Smell from Car

I made a big mistake in buying my 2012 Kia Forte LX. It used to be a smoker’s car. When I was signing the paperwork, I thought that I could easily get rid of the smoke smells. But I was wrong! Don’t ever make my mistake. If you’re not a smoker and are looking to buy a used car, run away as far as you can the moment you smell even the faintest traces of smoke smell in the car. If you’re a smoker, anyway, then you can probably just get on with buying it.

Just a quick disclaimer: Proceed at your own risk. I’m detailing how I did things in my own car. You are responsible for anything that happens in your car resulting to any activity or task. So, make sure to test and be mindful of potential damage of any chemical or mechanical things that you do in your car.

How to remove smoke smell from car

It sucks to have a car that used to belong to a smoker. The smell grew too overpowering that I felt gagged while driving. Thankfully, my office is just 11 miles out from home. I searched online for information on how to remove the nasty smoke smell.

But after spending two weeks of cleaning it up, let me just say that IT IS VERY DIFFICULT to remove the smoke smell from the interior of the car. You can brush and clean up the fabric of the seats, clean the floor carpets of your floor, and the smell might still linger.


I can still smell the smoke inside my car, but it is no longer as overpowering as it used to be. I still have a few tricks up my sleeve, and I will keep trying until the smoke smell is totally gone.

Get a professional detailing shop to remove the smoke smell for you.

If you have the money, and don’t have the time to worry about doing this yourself, go to the professionals and let them do it for you. It could cost a lot, I don’t know how much since I didn’t do this, but a quick phone call should do the trick for you. I won’t be surprised if it costs more than $100 though.

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Don’t Fall for Used Car Dealership Financing – Get a Credit Union Auto Loan Instead

In the previous post, I started sharing the story of how I looked for a car in Nashville, TN. It wasn’t an easy process and I had a one-week window because that’s how much I could afford to spend for a rental car.

The biggest problem I encountered in buying a car is on the financing side. Because I don’t have any kind of credit history in the United States, my options had been severely limited. That’s why used car dealerships tried getting me to sign into crazy financing options.

(Crazy!) Car Dealership financing options

I spent a crazy three hours at the first dealership I ever went to. That included the test drive, the small talk, and the financing process, and the used car salesman’s back and forth talking with their finance office. I wanted so much to give him my business. But for one, the car I took for a ride was a 2013 Ford Focus, and he was signing me up for a 2013 Kia Forte. And then, when we talked about the financing part, he wanted me to pay a $4000 downpayment, and then I will pay $375 per month for 72 months! That was crazy and I am glad that I walked away from that deal.

For almost all dealerships offered me almost the same amount of down and monthly payment, which made me realize that dealerships may not be the best option for people like me who don’t have a credit history. Continue reading