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.

This dovetails with a truly spectacular survey undertaken by ContractHireAndLeasing.com which found that washing the car at home and by hand is the most popular way to clean the car. Polling 1792 motorists, the website found that 47 per cent said they usually wash the car themselves at home, while a further 13 per cent said they designated that job to someone else in the family.

Obviously you wouldn’t buy a car that had an interior like a tip (unless it was really, really cheap, or free), but have you come across anything similar? Made that long trip to the other end of the country to find it wasn’t as described?

Just how dirty would a car need to be before you made your excuses and left?