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.