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Smoke Damaged Cars | Don't be Afraid to save your Car

Smoke Damaged Cars | When your house or garage goes up in flames, the structure is only part of the loss.Smoke Damaged Chevy

At this point, you will really figure out what you had stored in the garage is salvageable and what is not. One item that looks pretty bad, but is far from junk might be that car that sat there and took the abuse.

Now repairing smoke damaged cars is very doable with great success, with the right tools / information.

  1. Understand and accept the nature of the damage. A fire inside the car is handled very different than a car inside the garage that was on fire.
    When dealing with damage inside the car it is important to understand that it is in a contained area, so most likely the exterior of the car will not smell or have burn marks.
  2. Smoke and heat rises, so the  area above your head is most likely to have the strongest odor.
  3. Smoke has very few boundary limits, meaning it will creep behind most trim panels. A correct cleaning / scrubbing of behind panels and trim pieces is needed. 

This may involve removing the complete interior and then cleaning the metal. And in some cases after cleaning the metal it might be a good idea to repaint interior shell of the car to seal out inaccessible areas.

Many items like the headliner should be replaced, the fact is that it is very porous right by your head, smart move.

Other items like seats, carpet, and trim panels most of the time can be cleaned. Now the exception to this might be if the seat or carpet is where the fire started or got scorched in the fire.

  • If you had a car that was in a garage fire, you many have some smell on the interior, but it is important to know that the car will need to be disabled on the outside also. 
  • If the windows where left shut, the problem will most likely be on the outside. The biggest problem here will be the rubber items and anything else that is porous and can inhibit a smell. But I will say there have been times when we have even put the car up on the hoist to detail the underside to get rid of the smell.

Smoke Damaged Cars | Be vigilant of the goal:  Extend the life of your investment for you and your family.

Given the fact that a smoke odor is something you smell but not see, Experience and knowing where to look and understand the specifics of your vehicle lead to the best outcome, vs. trial and error.

Premier Auto Interior is not responsible for any damage caused by using any content on this site.  Please get a proper diagnosis / repair by one of our trained professionals.


The article on 'Smoke Damaged Car' gives information regarding the Smoke damage and also the ways or points for inspection of the damage. Once I had incident of Fire in my car . That day such incident took place which no one want to see even in the dreams.That time i called the fire damage service that is United Water Restoration . As the problem was serious , crew were inspected the issue completely.In the end, problem was solved completely .I like the quality, professionalism, and knowledge that crew shared with me. I definitely hire United Water Restoration again for future work. 
Posted @ Wednesday, June 19, 2013 5:57 AM by Warner haas
Maintain a car is much more difficult than have it. Many car owner don't know how to take care of their car. It is really difficult to know the technical problem or its parts. All mechanics not able to recognize all break down problem of a car.  
Only experts or well worked service center can well managed it. It is a tip for all car owner that they have to know about the car parts and how to know the defect on these.
Posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 2:29 AM by Websan
Damage car makes more pollution and creates problem in engine also. It also affects several other parts in a huge manner. So you need to take the proper care of your car engine before the servicing. 
First you need to know the reason for what the smoke is happening which may help you to find out the solution.
Posted @ Saturday, June 07, 2014 8:57 AM by Steve
Damaged cars creating several types of problem for people to ride it because most of the parts are the old one and it creates a lots of problem for you while driving. But you can use the important parts in a better way by taking the car to any repairing shop. 
You need to choose the best repairing center for it so that your work can be done properly.
Posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:55 AM by Brian
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