January 2009 Blog Posts (66)

smart accessorries

Hello smart enthusiasts!

Looking to add a little spice to your smart? Here at smart center Clearwater we can do just about anything you can think of... look at pictures for some ideas -- armrest, brabus, wrapping, powder coating wheels, navigation, back-up camera, vehicle tracking (great for 1st time driver), bluetooth, XM Sat radio, towing, ect.

Happy New Year!!!

Kelly Kemp,… Continue

Added by Kelly Kemp -- SMART CENTER CLEARWATER on January 10, 2009 at 5:20pm — 8 Comments

2009 Models & Colors

Hello smart enthusiasts!

Come visit us to see the latest 2009 models & colors! New colors added to the 2009 palette are Metallic Grey & Rally Red, more of a true red rather than the "tomato soup" red in the past. Models include: Pure Coupe, Passion Coupe, Passion Cabriolet, BRABUS!

If you are interested please contact Pamela Daniel, or myself, Kelly Kemp, for further details @ 727-374-2409.

Happy New… Continue

Added by Kelly Kemp -- SMART CENTER CLEARWATER on January 10, 2009 at 4:55pm — No Comments

ORPHANS @ smart center Clearwater

Hello smart enthusiasts!

Due to the high demand in Florida, smart USA has shipped us available smarts. We have all three models available... If you are interested please contact Pamela Daniel, or myself, Kelly Kemp, for further details @ 727-374-2409.

Happy New Year!!!

Kelly Kemp, 727-374-2421 direct


smart center Clearwater

19820 US Hwy 19 North

Clearwater, FL 33764



Added by Kelly Kemp -- SMART CENTER CLEARWATER on January 10, 2009 at 4:33pm — No Comments

New Arm Rest

Hey everyone. I finally got my new armrest installed last weekend! It is great and matches the black leather seat perfectly. It attached with two bolts and is nice and sturdy. I got it from Smarty Parts. I missed having one and now it is like it was always there.

How are you all doing in the snow? I have let Maxwell rest for the most part and am driving big brother with all wheel drive. I sure miss the warmth and the convertible! Any snow stories out there?

Happy New Year… Continue

Added by Barb on January 9, 2009 at 6:16pm — 7 Comments

Wiser 30 where are you?

I'm looking for an insider member I met today Thursday Jan 8th, in the parking lot in a shopping center off of the 91fwy in Anaheim Hills California. I saw this gentlemen with his black Smarty and asked him how he liked it. He said he loved it and told me his insider name was wiser30? I believe that's the name he gave me. If this is you drop me a line! Thanks, Mark (I have a silver 2006 Scion Xb)

Added by Mark V Mistretta on January 9, 2009 at 2:09am — No Comments

A fresh perspective on smart buying...

Hi all!

I've been on some of the other smart fan websites but found the attitude a little negative sometimes. During my visit to my dealer today (Hi everyone in Chandler!), they told me about this website (showing me the cool how-to videos) and I thought I would give it a try instead. Now I see I'm in good company... You all are just as in love with your smarts like I am with mine!

To tell the truth - I'm not like many of you who have been waiting for smart for years. I… Continue

Added by smartees for me on January 8, 2009 at 4:34pm — 5 Comments

Smart New Armrest.

Check this new Armrest post ..


Added by Smart is It! on January 8, 2009 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Delivery date

I took delivery of my 2009 Smart Passion today, and I am very happy!

Added by Dan D on January 7, 2009 at 5:47pm — 4 Comments


I was in Winston Salem N.C. at the Mercedes -Benz today and they have Smart in stock all different colors!!
Anybody who has been waiting for a Smart for awhile may want to check this out!! Ask for Tom Swaisgood he helped me a lot when I purchased my baby back in May 2008.

Added by Anna Russell on January 7, 2009 at 1:54pm — 3 Comments

thank u

I live in NC and Just called the Englewood dealer in NJ and ordered a red car . she will take a trade in and we will either drive up to Englewood or they will deliver to my front door. does it get any better than that.thanks Tommy for telling me about that. I got the red with red interior and black stripe.Passion will be it's name.

Added by marion on January 7, 2009 at 11:17am — No Comments

Largest US Smart Car Events held so far?

I am interested in what has been the largest gathering of smart cars in the US so far accomplished. I believe somewhere between 130 and 140 smarts showed up for the Lombard St event. Has anyone else come close to an event of this size?

Added by Ken Wagar on January 7, 2009 at 9:04am — No Comments

cancelling order

Now that I'm a new Smart owner, I need to cancel the one I JUST configured last week. Anyone know where that might be? Thanks in advance for your help.

Added by Paula on January 6, 2009 at 6:16pm — 7 Comments

Everyone help! I need encouragement. (continued.... Thanks to All!!!!!)

I would like to thank everyone who sent their wishes of encouragement and advice. I am proud to say this morning I bought an orphan almost to the exact specifications to the one I ordered. The only thing different is this one has heated seats and power steering (bonus!), which I did not originally order. I am getting the exact car I want and am elated. The car is still at the dealer having the navigation/backup camera etc... installed. Should be able to pick up tomorrow morning. Thank you all… Continue

Added by Teri on January 6, 2009 at 3:49pm — 20 Comments

When will I receive Reservation Confirmation Program email?

I have a delivery date but have not yet received the email for the Reservation Confirmation Program. Does anyone know when I can expect this email? I joined the program in August of 2008.

Added by Ashlee on January 6, 2009 at 7:45am — 3 Comments

Buying the extended Warranty, etc?

My Smart Car just arrived. I can buy an extended warranty for 1 yr at $1,544, 2 yrs at $1,561, 3 yrs at $1,748 & 4 yrs at $1,851. The dealer is telling me the 2yr at $1,561 is very popular. Are most owners buying an extended warranty? Also they are offereing "tire and wheel protection for $595 for the time I own the car. Thoughts....did you buy these warranties? Also they are pushing Venture Shield to protect the paint on the front of the care from road chips.

Thx, Wanda

Added by Wanda Shelton on January 5, 2009 at 11:57am — 10 Comments

delayed delivery... price issues

ok, so back in October 2007 I made the $99 reservation.
Only now, in January, 2009 have I finally been asked to confirm and make choices for my vehicle.

The original 2007 reservation talked about dealerhip contact within a few months, etc. That never happened.

Has anyone protested to any price increases for delivery of 2008 or 2009 models, given that promises were never met back when ordering in 2007?

Added by k on January 4, 2009 at 2:26pm — 28 Comments

Finally got to configure

Yeah!!!! I got my email today. I'm so excited and nervous. I want to do this right. Does anyone know anything about the electric power steering? Working on a cute name for my red & black. Maybe Poppy?
Send any suggestions.

Added by Loretta Credo on January 3, 2009 at 11:44pm — 10 Comments

smart Yakima crossbars and basket case install

Hi Everyone - This is a copy of my post on 451s.com. Thought it would be helpful to post on both sites:

I just finished a 1400 mile, 2 week roadtrip, from Boston to Michigan to Ohio and then back to Boston.

With 2 dogs and a second passenger, I needed more storage, something relatively affordable and off the shelf that I could put together in a few hours. I found a few Yakima references on the smart car forums (this one and smartcarofamerica.com) and decided on this combo,… Continue

Added by stzul on January 3, 2009 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

30 days and counting...

Well, I just got the call today: I am 30 days from picking up my smart. I am so excited its this close. I get the email tomorrow and a call again from my specialist. We should have about $4500 for a down payment, give or take.

Working hasnt been going too well. I got in trouble for not focusing and it turns out I have ADHD. But I hope that in a few weeks, everything will go back to normal. Im back to hourly from salary and now I have to get overtime to make up for… Continue

Added by Brandon Ivey on January 3, 2009 at 6:51pm — 3 Comments

Trying to be hang in there....

I don't understand the system. Some people seem to get their cars in 6 or 7 months while others wait 12 to 18 or even more. How does the prioritization work????

Added by Darrell Bates on January 3, 2009 at 6:41pm — 4 Comments

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