As soon as a new car arrives at your driveway, you can expect some car smell.
But that’s not the only issue.
You’re also likely to notice that the car smell is on the rise, too.
According to data collected by the automotive consulting firm CarAdvice, the number of cars being tested for car odor has increased by nearly 30 percent from 2013 to 2016.
While that’s a good thing, there’s a catch: cars smell like old cars, too, which is what we’ve been conditioned to expect from our new cars.
There’s also a big difference between old cars and old crappy cars.
Cars made in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, and cars made in today’s era, can be both old and new.
In fact, a good part of what makes a car great is in the materials and construction, too — the fact that it looks good when you get it home from the dealership.
“Cars today look like they’ve been sitting around for decades, with the old factory paint and all that,” said Michael Zuckerman, the chief sustainability officer at CarAdvices.
The fact that you don’t really know what a car was built for is a sign of quality, and you want to avoid that.
It’s also worth noting that older cars have been in the market longer than newer ones, so you can’t expect a car to last forever.
Car smell can also affect your ride.
Old cars are notoriously slow to get repaired.
As soon as the engine dies, you’re stuck with a car that doesn’t work, even if it looks brand new.
The smell can be a problem, too: if you drive a car and the smell is present, you might be tempted to just drive away.
But if you notice that your car is starting to smell, it’s time to get to the dealer.
Even though you can buy a car without smell, you should consider taking it out to the dealership and letting them inspect it, according to Zuckermans.
Instead of buying the car, you could try a car-repair service.
If it’s a bad car, there could be a repair bill and a $10,000 repair fee.
Zuckerman says that the best advice is to drive around your neighborhood for at least a day and see if anyone has seen your car.
If they have, they’ll likely be able to identify the problem and fix it for you.
Also, remember that you can repair a car, too; Zuckersons advice is that you only want to do this if you know the car’s age and how much it’s been in service.
If you can, take your car out and have the car serviced by someone else, even a mechanic.
Another thing you can do to help protect your car from car odors is to wear seatbelts.
You’ll have a better chance of avoiding those car-smell complaints if you wear them regularly.
For more information on car odor, check out CarAdvises blog.