I hate the new car smell.

I have hated this smell since I was a child. Any time our family got a new car, I couldn't wait for the awful smell to finally fade. It is absolutely nauseating and way too strong. I can't believe people actually buy air fresheners of that scent. 🤮

What do you think? Is it normal that I don't like this smell?

Is It Normal?
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  • Same, and gas too. It gives me a headache.

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  • I like the smell.

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  • I’ve never owned a new car, but I love the smell of new books and magazines.

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  • I love it, or when I get into my car on a sunny day it smells really nice

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  • Some new cars smell better than others...

    I can assure you a new Mercedes does not smell bad. The smell is very nice, especially the dashboard and the leather.

    A new Fiat however smells like fish. If you don't believe me, go to a Fiat dealership and take a whiff... it stinks like fish.

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    • Exactly. New cars smell like leather or plastic. The plastic smell isn't desireable, I can relate to the op.

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  • Wierdo.

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  • I don't like the new car smell either.

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  • I've always thought it smelled bad too.

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  • I wish i was as rich as you.

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    • I don't have a new car, just got a whiff of the awful smell from another car.

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  • Ive always thought new car smell was more of a status thing than a good smell. It means you took care of it.

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    • Yeah I guess so. I take good care of mine and the smell doesn't smell like a new car but still smells clean.

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  • What a bunch of privileged snobs. Be glad it doesn't smell like wet dog, cat urine, or somebody's ass. Some people would be glad to have to put up with that new car smell rather than put up with the rattle trap piece of crap you got rid of that smells like all of your bad habits over the last year or two. Like the sour baby bottles or Starbucks coffee that spilled or the upchuck from partying with your spoiled friends. Sorry about the rant but you hit a nerve.

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    • Or you could just clean your car? My car is 11 years old and doesn't smell because I clean it.

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