Do you Sniff 'n' choose a car?

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Jools Holland once said he buys cars based on how the interior smells. I can empathise with that theory because I love the interior smell of Triumphs; the wood dash and cappings gives off a unique whiff.

Like to hear (or read) your views on whether the smell influences any purchase(s). 

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Your thread reminds me of an episode of Seinfeld. Jerry gave his car to the valet guy and he left a terrible smell in the car which led him to get the car cleaned and the car still smelt and who ever sat in the car inherited the smell as well!

When he went to sell the car no one would buy it off him because of the smell. So he left it on the street with the keys in the ignition and a thief went to take the car but as soon as he got in it he ran out because of the horrendous smell!

in answer to your question i do like to have a good whiff of the car just to make sure it smells the way i want it to smell!

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Not sure if I would buy a car on its smell. Or if it really ever factors into my decision making process (unless it is particularly offiensive and I know my assortment of Autoglym products won't shift it).

But, there is something slightly comforting and, in some ways nostalgic, in what I call the 'Grandad car Smell'. You know, that musty smell from cars of the 40's, 50's and 60's...

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To have that old car smell moment,try GLIPTONE Liquid Leather,after a few weeks it settles down it smells just like the real Mc Coy...that old

car smell of traditional leather!!l

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Hmmm, don't think I would ever buy a car based solely on its smell (though I might decide not buy one because of it), but if there were two very equal candidates and one of them permeated the nostalgia senses with a rich aroma of classic leather, as welcoming to the nose as fresh baked bread, then that could be the clincher.

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Olfaction plays a huge role. When I rediscovered dad's Giulia nearly 12 years ago it caught me as a flash. I was warped back to my teens by smelling the interior. Old Alfas famously have a characteristic scent and I can confirm that...

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Sir Driftalot wrote:

Olfaction plays a huge role. When I rediscovered dad's Giulia nearly 12 years ago it caught me as a flash. I was warped back to my teens by smelling the interior. Old Alfas famously have a characteristic scent and I can confirm that...

Oooo, that's interesting... my 156 smells like any other car with a plastic dashboard.

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I was talking Alfas, not Fiats. Old ones. Stick your head in a 105 series and you (maybe) will notice.

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Sir Driftalot wrote:

I was talking Alfas, not Fiats. Old ones. Stick your head in a 105 series and you (maybe) will notice.

That's very true - pretty much the same with most modern makes. I always remember a friends Alfasud always had a distinct odour... usually of burning money.

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Sir Driftalot wrote:

I was talking Alfas, not Fiats. Old ones. Stick your head in a 105 series and you (maybe) will notice.

I know what you are talking of re 105 series Alfas, as this is the case with my GTV, my Super will smell of leather, new carpet, paint etc once finished.  However, and with all due respect, my 156 is an Alfa, and I love it too, and it smells of leather not plastic.  It always has since I bought it nearly 4 years ago.  I also love how my Fiat 124 sport smells, but then again it too has a new full leather interior. 

Perhaps I have a leather fetish :) !!

BTW old Mercs always smell the same too, a  kind of plastic/vinyl slightly musty smell.  

 

 

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