William. I do not recall there is a thread here for selling smarts by owners, but that does not mean there isn't one buried here. SCoA has a section for them for members; there may be some restrictions if you are not a current member; read the rules.
William - I'm at the smart center Pittsburgh. We are in Pa but a distance away from you. I'm sorry to hear such dissappoint events with your smart. I'm not sure what is going on but I have not experienced such a thing with these cars. We have cars on our show room floor sitting for weeks and months at a time. I have never had to start the cars every hour. And they start up fine. It may be a small problem and easy to fix.
I think the only help that would change my mind would be if there was a dealership in PA and close to our city for service. This I do not think will happen anytime soon. Or, Smart takes back the car and refunds my money. (That would be nice however; I doubt this would happen) Thanks for the PA blog - doesn't seem to be much activity on this blog as I am sure many Smart buyers in my area are as upset as I am about no longer having a dealer.
Also, Western PA (Erie) is a 6-7 Hour Drive - They must have purchased their Smarts in Pittsburgh PA or Cleveland Ohio. No Activity on this blog either.
Roger Penske's Son has a Buick Dealership in our town as Penske has a major presence in Berks County PA. No Smart Dealership though
William, please put up some nice pictures, I am sure it will help you sell it. I personally would have given Jill a chance to help, but I understand your situation. My smart dealer is only 10 miles away, so it is easy for me to say, also I did not have any problem yet with my smart and I really do not expect it. Wish you all the best ... hey maybe you should join the smart group here for PA, I am sure they will help you sell it.
Daniel - Not sure what your situation is however; our dealer closed it's doors and there isn't even a Smart Dealer in the State of Pennsylvania - I will sell and take a loss whether the car is 100% mechanically correct as it is very inconvenient to travel to another State to get our car serviced.
I was being condescending - I'm sure our less than Smart car will find a home where hopefully it will be better appreciated. The key to unloading our car is to find a buyer who is relatively close to a dealership. With our dealership closing it's doors to Smart Cars, it is not feasible for us to travel to another State for service. Also, our Dealer did not totally go out of business they still have one of the largest Mercedes Benz dealerships in the country however; they did not see a future with Smart.
Smart will only provide us a jump start. The check engine light is on however; unless it is blinking they will not tow and told us to drive it to the nearest Smart Dealer. As stated previously, the nearest dealer is not near us any longer because they stopped selling and servicing Smart Cars. I think this is the root cause of most of my issues.
Smart USA and our dealer were so accommodating and couldn't be nicer when we purchased the vehicle - that changed real quick after we took ownership. We took possession of our Smart at the end of January 2009. The Dealer jumped ship December 31, 2009. We have very limited options as far as servicing the vehicle. I would caution anyone purchasing a Smart against it because of my experiences.