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Smart Car of Mass.

Fun Group of owners, soon to be owners, active fun runs, meet and greets at least 2 times a month. Starting location changes for each fun run. One of the MOST active Smart Clubs, join us!

Location: Dracut, Mass.
Members: 55
Latest Activity: May 23

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Comment by Sue Angus on January 2, 2009 at 1:26pm

I got stuck in the snow today, but a helping hand and a shovel got me under way in no time. The problem was the depth of the snow in a parking lot that had not been cleared. I have found that first gear (and slow speed) seems to handle our icy hilly driveway remarkably well.
Comment by Boomer's Rock on December 16, 2008 at 11:56am
Hi Dave, would be interested doing something in January.

We just dodged the ice storm in Wilmington; can't believe it was so close. We were hunting kerosene heaters for friends of ours in coastal Maine; but they found something before we did.

I am loving my smartie but now that I take a shuttle into Boston, I don't drive as much as I used to. I did buy the OEM mud floor mats a couple of weeks ago. My husband was impressed with the price ($49) and I was impressed with the quality.

Cheers to a 2009 smartie New Year!
Comment by Charlie Poor on December 16, 2008 at 9:06am
Everyone better smarten up, Dave mayall is the best thing that ever happened to the Smart car owner of new england, If you know him you know he was trying to help, did you c any one else suggesting generators at any price. it's called HELP when needed, Charlie Poor
Comment by Sandi Eldredge on December 14, 2008 at 7:11pm
Just got the email on your all going to Herb Chambers to meet. Could you tell me when and what time of day...I sure wish I could pull away from the diner and meet you. I did get mine from him but in somerville...not that that would change anything...LOL thanks
Comment by Dave Mayall on December 12, 2008 at 10:19pm
I had a wonderful trip to the beautiful state of Rhode Island today. I wish I was in my Smart but, I had to pick up 20 generators for all of us Frozen north of Boston with NO power!! BRRRRRRR! I made a stop in Smithfield and then in Coventry. Nice area, looks like a great place for an upcoming fun run!
Comment by Dave Mayall on December 2, 2008 at 6:22pm
Long wait list for popular Smart Cars


By Jenny Amaral / The Daily Item

With fluctuating fuel prices, the lagging economy and environmental concerns, interest is surging in the tiny Smart Car.

Just ask Shawn Clarke of Removal Specialists in Lynn. The company has a fleet of work trucks, but co-owners Clarke and Douglas Gallant have turned to Smart Cars for their management work.

“It’s cute to drive around in,” he said. “And the gas savings are really good.”

In a typical workday, which involves driving around from site to site, it wasn’t uncommon just several months ago when gasoline hovered around $4 per gallon for Clarke to spend more than $90 per day on fuel for his pick-up truck.

Using one his Smart Car — and with fuel plummeting below $2 per gallon — Clarke says he now spends less than $10 per day on fuel for his vehicle.

And the Smart Cars, each with the company logo, are head turners, he said, drawing plenty of attention to the business. “I had no idea how much publicity we would get,” he said. “Our Web site went from 25 hits a week to 250 plus. We never even had a job e-mailed to us until we got the Smart Cars.”

Mark Hoch, the general manager of Smart Center Lynnfield, said he’s never before seen a car have such a great affect on the community and its drivers.

“People are so enthusiastic about the brand,” he said. “It’s the funnest franchise I’ve ever been associated with.”

Hoch said people from all walks pour into his dealership on Route 1 North to inquire about the oh-so-small car. He said his customers range from people in their 60s and 70s to first-time drivers.
“People say, ‘it’s just what I need,’” said Hoch. “Folks on a farm in Maine and folks in the city are both buying it, but for two totally different reasons.”

The Smart Car was the brainchild of the Nicolas Hayek, founder of Swatch watches. Mercedes Benz quickly came into the picture to design a fuel efficient, eco-friendly, safe, commuter car complete with the technological power and customer service that comes with the European brand.

The car features an 8.6-gallon gas tank and averages 40 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway. It’s constructed in a 100 percent “green” factory that uses rainwater, recycles wastewater, and takes heat generated from one of their machines and circulates it throughout the building. According to Gilbert Otero, brand manager, it creates a carbon footprint of about 350 people, compared to the 4,000 who are employed.

“That’s how clean their plant is,” he said.

Despite what color it is on the outside, the Smart Car is truly green on the inside. According to Hoch, 95 percent of the car is made of recyclable materials.

“It’s probably the most environmentally friendly car that’s made,” said Rob Giacilone, brand specialist.

And at an average cost of $12,000, it’s the most affordable “green” car on the market.

One customer at the Lynnfield location turned in his large pick-up truck for his first-ever Smart Car just last week.

“I wanted to look bigger, so I bought a little car,” quipped Chase Wilke, 26, of Wakefield. “I’ve been dying to get it. The gas thing is a definite plus.”

Perhaps Wilke will be the next to join the throngs of people blogging about their Smart Car experiences on various Web sites across the globe.

“It’s not a cult,” said Dave Mayall, president of the Smart Cars of Massachusetts Chapter. “I don’t know what to call it, but it’s more of a tight group than that.”

Mayall organizes trips and events for local Smart owners to express and share their pride, which they have plenty of, he said.

“It’s a blast,” he said. “We just have a good time. We get to talk about our cars, the gas mileage, how they are in the snow, the best places to get service done.”

Mayall, who stands tall at 6 feet, says he absolutely loves his “comfortable” car.

“It’s remarkable,” he said. “I’ve had Ferraris, I’ve had Corvettes, and this car is just an absolute blast. Everyone’s thrilled with their cars. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is. People just see you and they smile. It makes you smile.”

There is one downside of the car, Mayall admits, but it would only apply to certain people.

“It’s such an attention getter,” he said. “If you don’t like attention, don’t buy a Smart Car because everyone’s going to ask you questions all day long about it.”

The little car has certainly caused a big buzz. Hoch reported a yearlong waiting list for those itching to get their hands on one. But, for some, the Smart Car is well worth the wait.
Comment by Andrea Light on December 1, 2008 at 8:53pm
Great photos! We're in CT but my husband and I follow your activities and now that we've got our Smartie we'll try to join you for a fun run in the spring.
Comment by BOOKUM DANO on November 23, 2008 at 8:49am
Hi Dave,
Just discoverd the invitation. Hope you have a nice Thanksgiving.
Dan
Comment by deni on November 12, 2008 at 7:27pm
Sorry I can't make this Saturday, the last event in Scituate was a great time. We even made one of the local papers.........some guy driving by the church when we were parked took a picture and sent it in. Will see if I can get a copy.
Comment by Dave Mayall on November 12, 2008 at 5:27pm
Charlie that is AWESOME! Come along even if it rains a bit. You guys have to meet my sister!
See you Saturday
Dave Mayall
 

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