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Comment by Dave Mayall on August 9, 2010 at 5:16pm
This Saturday, August 14th
7 AM to 10 AM
Flagship Motorcars
385 Broadway (Rte 1)
Lynnfield, MA
781-596-9700
Featuring Herb Chambers
Twin Ferrari Daytonas
Free Coffee Mugs to the First
300 Attendees
 Free Coffee and Pastries
Comment by JD on February 15, 2010 at 7:49pm
Hi, Andy. Frankly, we totally forgot about this board, LOL. As soon as we got our little guy, we started posting on SCOA... until I got myself kicked off, and now only my wife is allowed there. :o) We see other little guys in RI a lot. My wife works near the hospital and used to see a silver/silver in the parking lot with a plate number close to ours. We also see a red/black (or a red/silver) in Woonsocket on Wednesdays--usually on Mendon Road. (If you're reading this... we own that blue/black you keep seeing, LOL.)
Comment by Einstn on May 11, 2009 at 9:36am
HI Fellow MA Smarties :)

I just want to make a mention of the Boston Globe Smart article ... as I was interviewed and severely misquoted / taken out of context ...
I really care that everyone knows I spoke nothing but raves about Smarts
so - not to tie up this terrific message wall - but just to mention to read my reply to that article - here's a link to my thoughts

Link: http://www.smartusainsider.com/profile/Einstn

Hugs
Patrice
Comment by smart center Warwick on April 21, 2009 at 1:41pm
You are cordially invited to join our smart family for a May Breakfast, Saturday May 2nd 10-2pm, here at smart center Warwick.
Come one, come all, join us for coffee, pastry, raffles, games. We will be mainly focusing on a Service Clinic for you. Anyone can come, whether you've picked up your smart car from us or at another center.
Please RSVP by April 29th through the insider or email me at slemoi@smartcenterwarwick.com.
Look forward to seeing you all.
Sue Lemoi
Comment by JD on March 31, 2009 at 11:04am
Hi, Red! I just found my way back here. I'd been surfing the SCOA site for a while and forgot about the Insider site! Our Baby is now pictured in my avatar. :o) We'll be taking him to the Cape Cod rally on Saturday to introduce him to some playmates! We've dropped in on the gals at Smart Warwick and they said they see us on Route 2 a lot, LOL.... Hard to be inconspicuous in a Smart!
Comment by Red H on December 7, 2008 at 2:01pm
Congratulations to JD (Jim & Karen)!! They finally received their 2009 Smartie. Let's see a picture, guys, instead of the generic outline as your member ID. I can see the smiles on their faces now that they can join us at rallies in their Smartie.
Comment by Dave Mayall on December 2, 2008 at 6:25pm
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 Mike on December 2, 2008 at 8:31am
Repost from New England Smart:

I picked up a filter at NAPA and some Mobil-1 and am just waiting for the 10k mark. I May change it sooner just to look at the oil, dirt, and make sure the filter $6.99 fits ok. I have a 4-post car lift and offer it anyone who wants to do their own oil change or just inspect the underneath. The oil change looks real simple. The twist-on filter is right near the rear of the car. In fact, maybe too accessible, I am wondering if we need an OEM cage or plate to protect it from aggressive backups into curbs and other low-lying road things. The lift is there for free, email me to set up at time. If there are a few who are interested, we can have a filter party some Saturday am or Sunday afternoon. I am in Portsmouth, RI.

Mike
Comment by christopher on November 9, 2008 at 7:03pm
Hi stefanie, yes it's worth the wait . the fortwo should be here next week.broooooom . chris
Comment by Mike on October 17, 2008 at 8:22am
Picking up my Smart today at 1pm, Inskip, Warwick. You can't miss it - bright yellow and black. See you on the road but most likely not at the pumps. m
 

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