Back in March 2007 I placed myself on the $99 reservation list for the smart fortwo. For those that have been living under a rock the past 10 years, this is an environmentally friendly 2 seater, developed by Swatch, now owned and produced by the Mercedes-Benz arm of Daimler.. etc.. in France. Anyway, so, there are 3 dealership “smart centers” within a 2 hour’s or so drive of me. There’s San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento. Further South there is Santa Barbara, but, I digress..
This week, the first batch of smarts arrived at smart center San Francisco. Woo Hoo!
Was I one of the lucky first? Well, No. Not yet anyway. I am crossing my fingers my car will arrive soon though 😉
Am I a bit impatient? Yeah, maybe. Well, here I am, founder of the smart owners club of San Francisco, Northern California’s premeire smart club, and I haven’t even got my smart car yet. That’s kinda silly.. really, but okay I can wait..
So, I call the dealership and ask if they may have an idea when my ‘reservation’ will arrive. Well, they don’t know. These cars are coming in ‘waves’ so to speak, a bunch of em arrive at the dealership, and the dealership calls the people who put their hundred bucks down to come and pick it up, and uh by the way, you owe us like $11,000-$16,000 or so for the remainder of your balance, will that be cash, check, or financing? 🙂
All kidding aside, that is how it works. The dealership told me to call smart usa about it, so I did. To be more specific, I reached a lovely scripted call center, and they didn’t really know much more than what you see posted on the smart usa website. They did however say that in March, the website is going to be updated to order and track your smart car. Gawd I hope I won’t have to wait that long!
Other than that, nobody anywhere seems to know what happens to the cars between France and the dealership (let alien conspiracy theories run rampant on that one), or at least the call center guy I spoke with didn’t know, or if he did, he wasn’t telling.. 😉