OK, five weeks since I took delivery. I expected questions, driving such an unusual looking vehicle. And, I don't expect the questions will end for at least a year or two, when the smart will become as common as perhaps the Mini. And, I have to confess, the attention was a lot of fun, for the first 20 days or so. It is starting to wear thin. I don't mind it so much in parking lots or other places I've parked the car. But, people hanging out of their windows taking pictures and SHOUTING at me to roll my windows down in traffic, it is getting to be a bit too much.
I definitely do not blame the masses for being curious. Unlike us owners, most of them never have seen, or heard about, our cars before.
But, if I'm going to be a spokesperson for smart usa, I should receive some sort of compensation.
What, you say, I should consider the honor of driving a smart as compensation???? Hog wash.
Perhaps when someone asks me what "that than costs", I should yell back $8,000. Or, $50,000. Just for fun. When the inquire what the mileage is, I could proudly proclaim, "I get about 80 MPG!!" Why not?
When a clown asks me to pull over so he can look at my car, can I comply and then send smart the bill for my time?
smart is absolutely certainly positively aware that us owners are helping promote their business. The only way we can avoid it is to be complete jerks and give the inquisitors the finger or worse.
You would think smart USA would appreciate what we do for them.

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Comment by Tammy Rondinaro on August 25, 2008 at 5:27pm
Geez, LelapinBlanc....I'm new to the blog...and I can't say enough about how wonderful the folks are at Smart Center Cary. My sales gal calls and emails me on a regular basis. Sorry you've had such a bad time with your service center.
Comment by DLP on August 22, 2008 at 12:03pm
Although I am not a huge fan of talking to people I don't know about anything, I would like to see this car become a big hit here in the US. This is not unusual ... we all talk about things we are excited about anyway so this is no different. I have been attracting a lot of attention in my area but there are already about 4 or 5 other smart owners living in the area as well. I am sure they are answering a lot of questions too. I am coming from a Mustang and people used to pull up next to me and call out when they saw me. Other Mustang owners would wave. I just smile and nod. I would wave to other smarties also. Kind of cool in a way when you think of it. My two sisters and a friend of mine plan to make it their next car also. One of the faculty members at the college where I work also plans to buy one. I don't mind sharing information with folks when it is something I really believe in. So let them ask I guess.
Comment by Bill Hare on August 20, 2008 at 3:37pm
Once again LeLapinBlanc has to bring up his vendetta into a light hearted topic that otherwise would have been fun. What a miserable life he must live!
Comment by Eric on August 19, 2008 at 10:08pm
I get a lot of questions all the time about the Smart and don't mind telling about the car at all. Of course i pass out the flyers to those who appear really serious about the car. Of course there are those who choose to make their little jokes, but hey i tell them "thats an original one". Besides i can always use some fuel for my comic funnies, or you tube material.
Comment by Victor on August 19, 2008 at 9:23pm
Sorry toes, if you're counting on me to solve your problem.

Unless he wants to pay 150% of what I owe, then it's his tomorrow, LOL

Comment by toes on August 19, 2008 at 8:59pm
Victor, how about you sell your smart to LLP? You wouldn't have to answer any more questions and we would be freed from the broken record that is "LeLP" ... tongue-in-cheek.
Comment by tommyk on August 19, 2008 at 8:04pm
Comment by tommyk on August 19, 2008 at 8:01pm
oui vai. again
Comment by Victor on August 19, 2008 at 7:08pm
OK, y'all. First off let me just say the Title of my blog post was meant pretty much tongue in cheek. Maybe I was feeling a bit grouchy when I wrote it. Like many of you who responded, I too often enjoy the attention.
Occasionally it seems too much though and it can grate on my nerves. Like when I make a simple trip to the grocery store and someone stops me before I get in the car. Then, in the two miles to the store I answer questions at two traffic lights. I get out at the store and someone YELLS from 100 feet away, indicating they want you to stop to be interviewed. Done with that, half way to the door someone else stops you. In the store, you overhear someone talking about your car, but you remain anonymous. Returning to the car, four people are in theirs, taking pictures. No escape, you're going to talk to them. On the way home you slow to a traffic light and hear someone on the sideway saying "Hey!" ... you look back and when they see you respond they DEMAND, "Come here!" WTF?? Ignoring them, you continue onward. Maybe getting home and fleeing to the privacy of your home without someone else stopping you as you get out of your car.

No, not every trip to the store is like this. But, I have had them. And, it does overwhelm me when it happens.

Compensation from smart. Naturally, that was not meant to be taken seriously. However, it probably wouldn't be asking too much for them to send me a hundred brochures a month to hand out to THEIR potential customers.

Ya know what I mean?
Comment by Ron Bittenbender on August 19, 2008 at 2:10pm
sorry Victor....I did not intend to take over this post and I will just really try to not respond to posts.

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