Experts point out that it makes no financial sense in buying a brand new car that depreciates 50% or more in the first few years. We literally tend to pay through the nose for that new car smell.

Now, it turns out, in addition to damaging our pocketbook, that smell could also be dangerous to our health. The odour is due to a range of chemicals like styrene, formaldehyde, xylene, diazinon etc. (check out the health effects in the Wikipedia entries. Yikes!) emitted by the plastics, vinyl, glue and carpeting in new cars and can cause headaches, sore throat, nausea and possibly cancer. The ABC News report also points out that the health risks subside in six months, when the smell fades. Pretty steep price for driving a new car, wouldn’t you say?

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  1. i’d rather breathe that new car smell than breathe second hand smoke 🙂

  2. Anon: I was trying to be facetious with my post. Point is, auto makers should take serious efforts to solve the issue.