By chance I stopped into the smart dealership in Bloomington, Minnesota to ask some questions and remind myself of what a great little car this is. The charming manager told me their 2008 demo model was available in a week's time! I could hardly wrap my head around my wait for this car going from 18 months to just a week! I thought it over and called the next day to say yes. It's the best quick decision I ever made. I've had my little smartie just over a week now and she's my automotive soulmate! I haven't really thought of a particular name but I do keep calling her Girlfriend!
The buying process took three hours. The folks at the smart center Bloomington were so happy for me and wanted to show me everything. I even got another test drive with a shifting lesson since I have never used a manual transmission. But it was finally done and I stepped outside wondering, could I really have this car? Is it really mine? Just as I was about to get in and drive away another shopper stopped me and quizzed me thoroughly about my choice. She, too, had been offered a demo model and was trying to make up her mind in a hurry. I think she was leaning towards a yes as well when we parted. I wish I knew!
I smiled the whole way home. I feel like I somehow managed to sneak a car off a ride at Disneyland or something! It's such quirky fun to drive yet has so many luxury features my Ford Ranger didn't have like heated seats! The last week here in Minnesota has featured some unusually cold days and the heated seats are divine. I was a little worried the heater would not be up to the task of keeping me warm here in the winter but I'm very pleased. It's doing as well or better than the heater in my old Ranger. I highly recommend the heated seats, though, to anyone in a cold climate.
I managed to scoop up a Passion with a red interior and red exterior just as I had wanted. I think the red inside will cheer up the long gloomy Minnesota winter. But my favorite part is the panoramic sunroof. I back out of the garage in the morning and am always surprised by the burst of light in the car and that happy feeling of openness.
I filled her up with gas for the first time this weekend and it was eleven bucks! But the best part was the excited driver of the Escalade who dashed over to tell me how cute my car is and asked me loads of questions. I gave her one of the brochures they gave me at the smart center. Then we went through the car wash and the young man running it pantomimed asking my permission to take a picture with his cell phone. I laughed and nodded yes and noticed he was actually doing a little videotaping! I might be on YouTube by now, who knows? I can see, though, that Girlfriend is the celebrity and I'm just the assistant driving her to her engagements.
No regrets, not one. Girlfriend and I are very happy! Go for it!