ForTwo Sales Make for Lengthy Wait

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Cars.com didn't exactly give the Smart ForTwo rave reviews, but what do we know?

The market has spoken, and in these days of the fuel crunch, the ForTwo is selling like hotcakes to a hungry lumberjack. Smart USA has sold more than 14,000 units so far. Back in January, Smart had a list of potential buyers with 30,000 names on it. Now, ForTwo buyers must add themselves to a waiting list that's nearly a year long.

A search of Cars.com's inventory revealed only one Smart dealer in my area, and upon calling the Knauz Auto Park in Lake Bluff, Ill., I was told that, indeed, once I put in a reservation on Smart's website for $99, my wait could be "15 months and up."

Starting at under $12k and getting 41 mpg on the highway, it's not hard to see what's boosting demand for the ForTwo.

"I'd be lying if I said we didn't have people coming into dealers because of high gas prices," said Ken Kettenbeil, director of communications for Smart USA. "But we've had that list for a while now, and this year we're basically just delivering cars."

Kettenbeil went on to point out that in addition to solid fuel economy and a low starting price, the ForTwo has a distinct look.

"There's nothing else like it on the road, and that distinction gives it an edge," he said.

If you truly are dying to get into a ForTwo and don't want to wait 15 months, Kettenbeil says dealers keep a second backup list for canceled reservations.

Smart Cars Have a Year-Long US Waiting List? (Huffington Post)

By Stephen Markley | August 19, 2008 | Comments (13)
Tags: Smart

Comments 

Kyle

I've only seen one ForTwo here in NorthEast Ohio for sale, and it's been sitting on the lot for about 3 weeks now. No one is gonna buy it. It's a white one (and i think its a pure, not passion) and they want $24,000 for it!!!! Now that's quite a premium if you ask me!

I recently saw about 5 on our local lot. Asked the salesman about them and was told that they were sold and waiting for the owners to pick them up. He also said that some that paid the $99 have backed out and got a refund. I didn't see any listed for over 17k and that was for a convertable. Kyle - the one you saw must be a cancelled order that they are trying to get a big markup on.

tim

someone probably bought it and figured he/she could make a big profit by reselling it. I'd rather buy a Prius for about the same price,more room, alot better gas mileage(from what I've read are the true mpg from each) while sacrificing the small size which helps in downtowns especially.

tim

someone probably bought it and figured he/she could make a big profit by reselling it. I'd rather buy a Prius for about the same price,more room, alot better gas mileage(from what I've read are the true mpg from each) while sacrificing the small size which helps in downtowns especially.

Or even a Yaris - you get about the same gas mileage and can seat 4 for less than 15k.

Adam

Here in San Diego I see tons all over downtown

DL

it seems that 3/4 of Boston rents apartments and have to park on the street -- there are plenty of jerks (or idiots) who park half a car's length from the start of a curb; perfect space for a Smart! seen a few around, look completely ridiculous from the side.

They look rediculous because we're not used to seeing them. They will be commonplace in 20 years. I see a lot of 3 door yaris' and accents around and they look odd (and they're bigger). Just a matter of time and we'll see the Hyundai i10, Toyota iQ and others.

Why would anyone buy this piece of crap? They get less mpg than most hybrids, the 41mpg highway listed is a gift and if you are only going 55mph who drives that slow on the highway...not even my grandma drives that slow.

really, this piece gets something in the range of 33mpg which most GM cars do already.

alex

i kinda agree with eric. not sure about the gm angle, but i get it. personally, if u want to go that small, get a fit for 15k or so, and u actually get 4 seats!!! i would much rather have a honda than a smart

L.P.

I've seen at least 7 fortwo's thus far here in NY. I agree the car looks ridiculous, thats's because we're not use to seeing them like ziggy said. I just hate to be the person who's on a collision course with an SUV and the Smart was very hard, despite their ratings. The price is very reasonable, I can tell you that, but you can buy a car that's better, uses less gas, more trunk space, and more seats. I wouldn't be surprised if we see the Toyota iQ or the Hyundai i10 in the future since the US are allowing smaller cars from other companies.

J

Yeah, the strip down model gets 41 mpg for 12K, but feeds premium.
Yaris costs about the same, has 2 more real seats at the back, and gets similar mileage while feeding regular, plus FWD for snowing states.

Who wants the smart is not really for the mileage, but for image.

JimC

By the time you add all the extras you need it cost over $16,000. You could have bought a real car that gets better gas mileage for that.

And if you can't get them, it doesn't matter anyway.

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