Should I sell him or store him? UR Opinion/Sell is winning

I have been gone out of the country for a couple of weeks. I will be moving to Belize before the end of the year. Should I store our smart (Mr. Bean) or should I sell him? Will probably be gone for 3-5 years. Will gas be outrageous when I get back? He has less than 500 miles on him, but my fiancé' are at a quandary on what we are going to do with him, and my family is split down the middle. Let us know what you think.

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Comment by Mariner Mel on September 26, 2008 at 1:13am
Mr. Bean probably be a lot happier out on the road like a butterfly rather than hibernating in a cocoon. I have a '80 Mbz 240 D and considered storing her, but a relative now drives it around in a manner befitting the classic car she is. If you're in Belize, consider having Mr. Bean be used now (likely another adoptive party) and find something classy to appreciate now in Belize (a sailboat, perhaps). When you return in 5 years, I am sure you will find another classy car to become attached to. Good luck.
Comment by Alex on September 25, 2008 at 11:55pm
Right now you can sell your Smart at a premium price. Although gas is very likely to (despite fluctuations down occassionally) to continue to rise over the next 3 to 5 years, and gas guzzlers will become a glut on the used car market, many other high milage cars,including plug-in-hybrids, will be available and Smart will likely, although popular if reliability proves good in the long haul, not be the only good choice for folks wanting a small manuverable high efficiency car.

I personally think you're better off selling it now, while it commands a premium price.

My four-cents (used to be "my two cents" but our administration has so badly damaged the dollar that it take four cents now.)
Comment by Mark on September 25, 2008 at 3:00pm
Under other circumstances, I would agree, BUT Belize has only a couple of hundred miles of paved roads. PLUS, there is no way for me to get parts or any kind of service there. If I take my Dodge Caliber, no problem.
Comment by Roger on September 25, 2008 at 1:53pm
I agree with Kevin and a couple others. Look into taking it with you. Surely fuel is very expensive in Belize. It doesn't cost much to ship a car. Don't know about "import restrictions". I wouldn't store it though.
Comment by Mark on September 25, 2008 at 1:05pm
Couting my family, SELL is winning. Anyone interested?
Comment by Mark on September 25, 2008 at 8:03am
Cant take him with, no service and no parts available down there. Taking my Dodge with instead.
Comment by Forrest E. Diehl on September 24, 2008 at 8:29pm
My father had a 1940 Ford. He left for the service in 1942. He told me that he stored his car in his father’s barn down on the family farm until he returned from China in 1945. He removed the tires and the battery. When he returned he replaced the battery and tires, and changed the fluids. It worked fine until he was stationed in the Alaskan Territory in 1949. He sold the car prior to his departure. He said that the drive from Washington, DC to the territory was to far to drive.
Comment by HI IQ 1 on September 24, 2008 at 12:53pm
take it with you as carry on?
Comment by Mike Smith on September 24, 2008 at 10:38am
"Honey, I'm going to be gone for a few years. I think we should get a divorce. then when i return I'll go find me someone younger and possably faster and more tec savy than you. I injoyed being with you but I think you would be better off living with someone else. So goodby baby, It's been a fun ride."

Now, You Decide !!!!
Comment by Jim Yedor on September 24, 2008 at 12:41am
I have a1929 Model A Ford that I have had for 42 years. I drive it about 4 times a year. On the other hand, it would not be easy to replace regardless of price. If I was leaving my smart for 5 years I would definitely sell it. Five years is a technological eternity today- The value of the smart today and over the next several years will be at it's peak. Who knows? Maybe in 5 years there will be smart with a smooth shifting tranny and cruise control!

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