When we went to pick up 'Tiny Red', we were given a hard sell on a protective coating for the body work. We didn't go for it. But, I left the dealership full of fear and trepidation. Apparently from what we were told, the slightest ding was going to be irreparable, the only recourse being to replace the panels. I'm interested in finding out how many of you Smart owners out there didn't take out the protection package, and how is your bodywork holding up so far?

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Comment by George MacDougall on September 30, 2008 at 1:33pm
There is no buffing out this damage! I was hit by a full size work van at 30 MPH i was doing about 2 MPH . The seats are bent back about 6" at the top.
Comment by George MacDougall on September 30, 2008 at 1:30pm

Comment by gulfcoastguy on September 9, 2008 at 10:26pm
My car color is the bue. I was offered the clear coat package, but did not take it. Should have offered before i picked up the car , and I probably would have. However, I think I have the distinction of being the first in the US to wreck a Smart. Long story short, I ended up running through some bushes and most of the scratches were buffed out at a body shop. The body shop also did the repair, took about a month all together, Mostly waiting for parts from France
Comment by Brett Harrison on August 31, 2008 at 6:50pm
check out my photos of my accident. Fairfield Mercedes is taking care of it. There is actually a hollow layer of sheet metal around the tiridon cell which they pull off and put back on. The total cost of my damage is $7,700 and will be out for 5 weeks. I will send you pictures once it gets back from the shop.
Comment by NOTATOY on August 29, 2008 at 9:12pm
I loaned my Smart to a friend and she managed to get a couple of paint chips in the rear right quarter panel. It has to be replaced @ $150. I have a Lexus SC430 and wish that I had purchased the paint protection film as there are numerous rock chips on the front hood and fenders. You can have this protection applied by reputable body shops for less money than the dealer charges you.
Comment by Felicity & Don on August 29, 2008 at 7:13pm
Thanks everyone for the inputs. I'll breath easier now. I think the dealerships are primed to do the heavy sell when pick up our cars. But I guess we're all to SMART for that ~lol
Comment by Judy on August 29, 2008 at 6:55pm
I don't even recall being offered this option! No problems, tho'. 1200 miles.
Comment by Carol McInnis on August 29, 2008 at 6:37pm
We also opted not to take the protection. True we have only had Maxwell 2 months, but he looks great, no dings etc.
We had some gravel blow off a big truck that passed us and I could hear it hit the car but when we checked after we arrived home we could not find a mark.
I think the finish is much stronger than the dealer led us to beleive, so I would not worry about it unless you drive on a lot of dirt roads.
Comment by smartKory on August 29, 2008 at 5:31pm
No protective coating, car looks fab. I don't drive on dirt roads or anything, but Banana Bean looks great. I wouldn't worry about it, but I'm mellow gal.
Comment by Ron Bittenbender on August 29, 2008 at 4:08pm
I opted to have the Clear Bra put on the car. Driving back from Utah I think every bug in the state took a swipe at it.....they don't have the guts to do that again....I washed the car the next morning and I was surprised how easy the bugs came off.
I was not so lucky with my other car that I took down to pick up the Smart. It took me about a hour of serious work to get all the bugs off. I am very happy that I got the Clear Bra. I am not so worried about dings, the nice thing is that the bugs come off very easily.

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