Is there some kind of conspiracy against the smart???

A story about the smart appeared all over the country today. In my paper the headline was "Micro cars can mean major repair bills, study says." The picture accompanying the article is a smart4two.

In the first place the only "microcar" in the article is the smart. The others are mini cars. If you read the whole story you realize that the smart car was far less expensive to repair than any of the mini cars. As you know, it is one of the least expensive cars to insure as well.

But if you looked at the headline and the picture, you would think the smart was the most expensive car in the country to repair.

We get enough goofy questions and comments without the news media misrepresenting the facts and continually putting the smart in the worst light possible. I for one am tired of it.

I found this article on the Washington Times website, "discredited" the article, and commented negatively on it, stating the real facts. If you would like to put in your two cents worth, here is the URL.

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Comment by Monty on June 23, 2009 at 9:19am
SmartUSA has picked up on this. Yesterday I got in the mail a letter from smart along with a handful of fliers to pass out to anyone questioning the safety of the smart. The flier describes all the safety features of the smart, provides a couple of testimonials, and refers further questions to

Now if they can just come out with one with answers to comments like "Don't tell me...the dog ate it, right?"
Comment by Mr. Incredible on June 23, 2009 at 1:59am
Do you get the comments, "I wouldn't feel safe in a smart car."

Well if you would like to have fun. Go to Consumers Reports website for vehicle crash tests. Watch the 2008 smart car in a side impact crash test. Then watch the side impact crash test for a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Pick Up Truck with air bags.

Now carefully pay attention to the "injuries" that may be sustained. Anybody riding in the Silverado, you may have to visit in the hospital. The smart car DOES BETTER in that side impact crash test.

What I find laughable is that people have this sense of security in a truck or SUV but unfortunately the US safety requirements are not the same between a truck and a car. The car has more stringent standards.

So the comment should be, "I don't feel safe in a Chevy Silverado."

Now don't get me going about the median concrete walls on the freeway not designed for trucks & SUVs but design for cars.
Comment by Jim Yedor on June 17, 2009 at 12:15am
Bush nationized the banks and insurance- Fanny Mae, Freddie Mac, and AIG- NOT Obama. People have been picking on the smart for years- When CAFE was being debated about 5 years ago Trent Lott held up a big picture of a smart and asked "Is THIS what we want to force American mothers to drive?" Of course I was yelling at the TV- YES!!!!!!!
Comment by Monty on June 16, 2009 at 9:31pm
You know, I hadn't thought about it before, but with the government owning majority interest in GM, Limbaugh and Hannity are sponsored by OBAMA! rofl
Comment by Cherie Braun on June 16, 2009 at 1:53pm
Just remember that a lot of people are buying the smart because it is distinctive and gets a lot of attention -- the media may well be using photos of the smart for that same reason -- it draws attention to the article they are writing, not necessarily that it is about the smart.
Comment by Marty Borden on June 16, 2009 at 3:31am
I just had a run-in with a large raccoon Saturday night on Interstate 5 in Washington state. Doing 60 mph, I collided with the raccoon which hit the right side of the front of my car, in the vicinity of the fog light. It destroyed the fog light, the trim panel around the fog light, the front fascia, damaged the right front fender attachment points (where it wraps around to the front), and also damaged the right-side radiator support. The total estimate from smartcenter is $1109.06! Again.... a very BIG boar, hit at 60 mph! Now, had I been in my pickup truck, there probably wouldn't have been any damage at all to my truck. It probably would have just passed underneath and he might have lived to make yet another attempt at crossing the interstate in the dark! :>) HOWEVER, had this been my wife's Aveo...... or a Yaris....or a Fit, I'm almost certain that the cost of repairs would far exceed $1109.06!! I too resent the comments from journalists & all of the other ignorant people that want to constantly badmouth the smart!! Now I just wish that the insurance industry would understand that this is NOT just any other car, and it can't just be taken around the corner to "Bubba Jim's Body Shop" for repairs!!! LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!
Comment by Ginny Smith on June 15, 2009 at 2:31pm
We consistently got 45+ in our 08 Passion Coupe with our 80 mile round trip commute into Dallas every day. We took it to Iowa last Thanksgiving and put a little over 1800 miles on in week we were gone and only spent about $80 in gasoline! Everywhere we stopped we had to allow extra time to answer questions and it was a blast.

We are listed on the website and we know first hand just how safe this little car is. Now we just have to wait for our replacement....hopefully soon.
Comment by delaney on June 15, 2009 at 12:20pm
I keep seeing negative articles and comments also. I just read online that the Smart gets only 36 mpg.

The dealers told me the gas mileage gets better after the car is broken in. Even though the gas gauge isn't accurate, I'm getting darned near 50 mpg on the highway.

And as far as accidents are concerned, there's a website you can visit that has Smart owners' testimonials about Smarts that have been in accidents.
Comment by Dave & Bianca VanderWal on June 15, 2009 at 12:01pm
When the possible explanations are conspiracy or ignorance, my experience has been to always bet the latter!
Comment by Monty on June 15, 2009 at 9:51am
Your last sentence sums it up perfectly.

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