November 2008 Blog Posts (63)

Selling to Simplifiers

I saw this article and thought how smart caught a trend at just the right time.



The Next Marketing Challenge: Selling to 'Simplifiers'



"Watch out for a new brand of consumer in 2008: the middle-aged Simplifier. "



"Third, their stuff embarrasses them. Their Range Rovers no longer tell the world that they are sophisticated town and country socialites. There are simply too many of them on the road to offer much… Continue

Added by [ART4-1] on November 10, 2008 at 7:40pm — 4 Comments

Exciting smart News: Report from 2008 SEMA

For smart owners, there is exciting news from the 2008 SEMA show in Las Vegas. NEW COOL STUFF for smarts coming soon!!! I am pleased to add that not only did I find several custom smarts at SEMA, but I also had a chance to visit at length with the vendors. When it comes to wheels, bolt-on intake, cat-back exhaust systems and body kits, you have a lot of well-executed choices. Photos can be viewed at http://picasaweb.google.com/gofazt/SmartAtSEMA2008#… Continue

Added by GOFAZT on November 10, 2008 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Holy Crime-Fighting Fuel Economy Batman!

Found some pictures of the BatmoSmart designed by George Barris . He's the guy that designed the original General Lee, original tv series (with Adam West) Batmobile, the Beverly Hillbillies' car, and many others.

the BatMoSmart

Added by Brian DeWitt on November 10, 2008 at 12:56pm — 1 Comment

Cool Photo Journal of a Trip to Smartville

Found this on another USA Smart Car site. A member there named 2SmartArizona took a motorcycle trip through Europe and went to Smartville in Hambach France. Excellent pictures.

http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums/f4/going-smartville-15825/

Added by Brian DeWitt on November 10, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Got an Orphan...

On Friday I got an orphan! My scheduled delivery date was sometime in March and the same day I got my new Smart, I received an email to configure the car I was waiting for. What to do? I don't want two of them, but I hate to give up - I've been waiting for 11 months! Any suggestions?

Added by Lynn on November 9, 2008 at 2:24pm — 10 Comments

smart car outside cover

Hi ,Last week we got our car. We live in SW Va. and in the winter it has been known to snow . I wanted a car cover , so I went on ebay ,found one , and bought it . I got the cover within 5 days. It fits like a glove, & I thank is made very well . Total cost with shipping was $103.00 by UPS . If anyone is interested here is the info. Linda Chamberlain 2307 Quail Hollow San Antonio TX. 78232 Tel # 210-499-4839 . They were great to do business with. Hope this will help others . Ed

Added by Eddie & Yolanda Adams on November 8, 2008 at 6:35pm — 3 Comments

Smart Nation

You've seen the Brabus mercedes and Carlsson mercedes...but did you ever think you'd see a smart edition of these high end luxury vehicles? Today Ultimate Audio fit the Carlsson body kit to a smart. It is the first, THE ONLY, signature edition smart by Joe Labon himself. The exhaust system makes it roar, the chrome fog lights and grill in the front are fierce, and the race-car like gas pedals are so fun! To top this sporty body kit off are the classic Carlsson rims and custom paint on the door… Continue

Added by smArtAmber on November 8, 2008 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Smart Service Center

Has anyone had the following problem?



I have had my Smart since June 08' and the other night when I was leaving work I went to start the car and it didn't even turn over, all of the lights worked, I could lower and raise the top, but it would just not do anything when I turned the key. I called Roadside assistance, and the guy was stumped (Levi was his name), he had never heard of this problem and really didn't know what to do. He finally asked me if I had the spare key, not sure why… Continue

Added by Tom Lauterjung on November 8, 2008 at 12:53pm — 8 Comments

Yet Another Bulb Post

I know, it seems like that is all I go on about. :)



I recently ordered the Smart ForTwo 451 Combo LED light package for US$35. It comes with the dome light, 2 license plate lights and two reverse lights. Its made for the 451 but they fit the 450. Everything hooked in very nicely, however one of my 450's license plate light assemblies was very brittle and the clips decided to break with very little pressure :(



All in all I am very pleased with the entire purchasing, support… Continue

Added by Brian DeWitt on November 8, 2008 at 3:47am — 1 Comment

shop manual

Does anyone know where to buy a shop manual for the Smart Car. Thanks Ed

Added by Eddie & Yolanda Adams on November 7, 2008 at 9:28pm — 7 Comments

Massage Table Fit!!

I am a Massage Therapist that travels to all my clients locations and even though my table folds up I still have one of the largest on the market.



I was worried that it would not fit in the Smart, but after going to Birmingham, AL and with the kindness of their staff I was able to try to get my table in the car!



Its a tight fit and if I was any taller I would not be able to drive with it in there, but it works for me!



Another reason why this is the perfect car… Continue

Added by Tamera Jesch on November 7, 2008 at 7:50am — 1 Comment

looking for a car trailer

We have now had our car for 1 week today. What a fun car ,everywhere we go people want to ask about the car ,fun talking with all the people. As we have a motor home and want to take the car with us as we travel . I am looking to possible buying a trailer to tow it. I am finding the cost of an enclosed trailer to be very high . Also looking into just an open trailer . the way I see it, a 12' trailer would be ideal size, but can not finding any one that sales one that small ,that will handle the… Continue

Added by Eddie & Yolanda Adams on November 6, 2008 at 9:09pm — 5 Comments

71 Days and counting

It has been a rough ride. My wife and I reserved in Feburary just a month after finding out the smarts were finally coming to the US. We put the money down, knowing we would both be in new jobs before it came in. I had seen them in movies and on line. I was never a car nut until this car came by. Now, I cant stop talking about it. My wife is excited because we get a second car.



Our credit has never been the greatest. We had a spell where neither of us could keep a job. I was sick,… Continue

Added by Brandon Ivey on November 6, 2008 at 2:45pm — 4 Comments

Satisfying liberty

"How do you like it" comes some voice seemingly out of no where. I turn around and find the owner of the voice and answer somewhat uncertainly "it is a lot of fun". I wish I had a better answer. There is truth in the answer -- the car is fun. But the answer does not really sum up "how I like it".



A better answer would be that "it is very satisfying".



There is something uniquely satisfying about the way this car delivers the type of transportation I require, just good… Continue

Added by [ART4-1] on November 5, 2008 at 12:37am — 1 Comment

went to the dealer today

Went to the dealer to get a part for one of my cars and I had to take a smart out for a test drive. I talked to the salesman and he checked on my car. He told me it will be in Dec. 5 2008. I can't wait it is almost here. I am doing a happy dance.

Added by trip on November 3, 2008 at 8:37pm — 2 Comments

Brabus!!! Woot Woot!

The Brabus package is limited for 2009, it is a tougher looking smart for sure! Mostly cosmetic changes, such as the 17 inch wheels in the back, while keeping the front at the standard 15inch. It has side skirts thats add a few Mean looking inches to the width of the car. Best of all it comes with Chrome tipped center mounted dual exhaust, and a sport suspension! unfortunitly the super charger dosent come with it, but hopefully in the 2010 Ltd Brabus! As for the interior, Chrome plated gas and… Continue

Added by JoejoeSmartsalot on November 3, 2008 at 10:11am — 2 Comments

Blue Car Panels for Trade or Sale in LA area

I just got an Orphan Smart Car in Blue. My choice of color was White or Silver not available. I have the Blue Panels available for Trade or Sale. If you are interested, please contact me at: fxniolo@yahoo.fr
I'm located in LA area
Thanks, Merci

Added by fxniolo on November 3, 2008 at 6:05am — 3 Comments

REAL CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!

My airbag warning light came on. I live 75 miles from my closest dealer and had less than 450 miles on my car. Roadside assistance told me not to drive the car and they would pick it up within 2 hours. Not only was the tow driver here on time, but had complete instructions on the CORRECT way to tow a smartcar.



There was a problem with the airbags themselves, and since I am disabled with only one car, they put my smartcar "Mr. Bean" on a rollback and delivered him back to… Continue

Added by Mark on November 2, 2008 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Any OWNER receive a letter from their dealer like this?

Great news! The smart brand continues to break monthly sales records, with the 20,000th smart vehicle being delivered this week! Even better news:



Smart USA has provided smart center Jacksonville with several additional smart four two Passion Coupes and Cabriolet's for immediate delivery!







As a smart customer and advocate, we know that you talk to many people who'd like to buy a smart vehicle but didn't want to wait. For a very short time, they don't have… Continue

Added by Mark on November 2, 2008 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

New dealer with no orphan add ons!

My mother is waiting for her own Smart car. The new dealer where she lives isn't set up yet for adding extras to the orphans & is selling the orphans without adding to them!! Makes me wonder if you could get one without all the extras if you went to a new dealer??? Unfortunately he will be set up in two weeks to add all the extras! Linda

Added by Linda on November 1, 2008 at 3:43pm — 6 Comments

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