Morning Oppo,

I’ve been casually looking for a new (to me) car for about a month and test drove a few different cars. I was looking mostly for a focus or fiesta hatchback in a manual. Would have loved a tdi golf or sportwagen but they’re not allowed to sell them yet so I’ve moved on from them.

I did drive a CR-V that I ended up liking a lot more than I thought I would, but it wasn’t quite right for me.

So I signed the paperwork for a 2012 Focus SE in ‘race red’ (I shit you not, that’s the listed color) with ~64k miles and a 5spd. Otherwise base with steel wheels and no options.

It’s not perfect, some scratches, chips and some damage to the rear bumper cover.


It had also been on their lot a while so I was able to talk them down a good deal. It proved more difficult than I thought to find a base model stick hatchback. Half of the dealers I stopped at didn’t have a single manual on the lot!


Well anyway it’s mine. I’ll finish up the paperwork today or tomorrow and take it home this weekend.

The one main issue is a fairly heavy cigarette smoke smell in the car. I used to work for a company that did fire restoration so I had access to an ozone machine and some amazing chemicals. Everyone I knew has left there though. Any tips from the oppo community on removing a smoke smell from a used car I can do with chemicals I don’t have to have a license to purchase?