Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Old Raunchy Cars Smell Much Better

Over the years, I've been vaguely aware that there was a scent out there known as "New Car Smell".
Having never owned a new car, I had no clue what this was.
Occasionally I thought of following rich people around, asking them if I could pay 20 cents to sniff their cars. But then I decided against it, especially considering the fact that they might have rich lawyer/judge friends who are good with restraining orders.

Anyway, last week I was in the store and I happened to see some of those tree-shaped car air fresheners on sale in the checkout aisle.

It was "New Car Scented!"

It was 99 cents, so I decided what the heck.
As soon as I got out to the car, I eagerly opened up the package and took a whiff.

And just about died.

It smelled SO bad.

I was sort of expecting something vaguely similar to leather (like leather upholstery).
But this was nothing like leather.

It's.... kinda like old lady perfume mixed with hospital disinfectant, mixed with vanilla ice cream that got left in an abandoned laundry room for 8 months in the Arizona desert.

I hate it.

After less than a minute, I threw it in the glove compartment and slammed the little door shut, hoping that would stifle it a bit.
The stink waves still find ways to creep out occasionally.
I hate to throw it out, because it's brand new, and I hate wasting money.
On the other hand, if I keep it for much longer I may end up driving the car off a cliff.

Life is full of choices.


Mik said...

I guess it should've said New Chevy Car scent LOL

Maybe it had been sitting around a while.

Anonymous said...

Those things are absolutely horrible. I got one from my insurance company opened it and almost died LOL

Da Old Man said...

New car smell is highly over rated. It is the smell of various poisonous gases dissipating.

You should feel better, now.

Car freshener should come in scents like pepperoni pizza.

Travis said...

I still remember how great my Liberty smelled when I first got it. It was mostly the leather seats that smelled good.

Janna said...

Mik: Chevys smell worse? I think my last car was a Chevy. Good thing I didn't have it while it was new. :)

Thom: I'm glad to know it's not just me! :)

DaOldMan: Chocolate Chip Cookie scent would be good too. And blueberry muffin!

Travis: Leather smells great! That's what I was hoping this thing would smell like, but alas.

Anonymous said...

Throw it out! I'll send you the 99 cents!

Marilyn said...

I think the new car smell is a lot of new plastic and the poisonous gasses hypothesis might be right. Anyway, the only new cars I've been around weren't mine and I liked them better after they didn't smell so new.

Janna said...

Grace: Promise?

Marilyn: Funny how there's "New Car Smell", but for some reason we don't have air freshener spray in "New Bathroom" scent.