Kicking the tyres on rather a lot of cars for sale recently I was fascinated and slightly horrified to discover just how crummy many of them were inside. Dealers and traders know the value of keeping the carpet clean, but some private sellers did not grasp the concept.

So I was interested to see these alarming pictures taken by technicians at Fleet Support Group’s nationwide network of independent Masterserve garages equipped with Masterview. This is a unique remote video inspection system used to transmit live pictures of vehicles about to undergo service, maintenance or repair.

The rubbish was in the footwells and on the seats of the cars and included uneaten food, drinks containers and sandwich wrappers among other items. Indeed, the condition of the company cars was deemed so bad by technicians at some of the garages that they refused to work on the vehicles until they were cleaned.