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    Does anybody have any idea as to the origin of 'New car Smell'? Is it merely a by product? ie unreacted monomers from the various polymeric materials used in the car interior construction or is it something concocted specifically for the purpose of reinforcing the fact that you are in a new car. I have noticed even in second hand cars when I have purchased them from a main dealer but not from private sales....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeaunse23 View Post
    Does anybody have any idea as to the origin of 'New car Smell'? Is it merely a by product? ie unreacted monomers from the various polymeric materials used in the car interior construction or is it something concocted specifically for the purpose of reinforcing the fact that you are in a new car. I have noticed even in second hand cars when I have purchased them from a main dealer but not from private sales....
    I didn't know about this but Wiki is a wonderful resource: New car smell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    You are right about the synthetic addition of this smell to second hand cars. (Particularly annoying when used to mask the smell of cigarette smoke, which is practically impossible to eradicate.)


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    Years ago, a new car kept closed-up for several weeks, thus having little fresh air circulated through it's interior, exhibited a cloudy but transparent "film" deposited on the insides of it's windows. It was easily rubbed away, even by the fingers.

    Popular theory was it originated from gases released by the ever-growing use of plastics, "naugahyde" we called one.

    No idea if the condition still exists today. jocular
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    I can attest to the fact that there are several vent clip car fresheners on the market in the last 12-15 months and that one of them is actually named 'New Car Scent'.

    Gross!

    If you want your vehicle to stay smelling fresh then do not smoke, eat or have your pet ride in your vehicle. Fortunately for me, my 'pets' ride in their own, detached conveyance.
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