Wanting to buy a new Smart ED
I'm a member of another automobile forum where I read about Steven Villatoro's excellent purchase of an ED Cabrio. I've done a bunch of reading here already and and hopeful I can follow in his footsteps and get a good deal on one of the remaining new 2015 EDs that are still available.
The ED would be a third car for my wife and I, and also serve as an emergency use vehicle for both of our young adult kids if one of their cars goes down for any reason. I currently have a 1995 Miata that serves as my daily driver and has the best theft deterrent device according to my family - a clutch pedal. The hope is that we're going to be pretty close to money neutral in selling the Miata, taking the $7500 tax credit, and getting into a 2015 ED. To get it for "free" like Steve - well, I'd take that deal in an instant!
My wife retired at the end of last year, and I'm following suit this September. The Miata has been my daily driver but I won't need that for much longer. Our plans are to use the ED as our daily urban runabout, probably running up 6-8000 miles a year, and our other two vehicles only if the ED isn't available or if one of those is better for whatever we're using it for. We've looked at replacing the Miata with a newer Miata or something sportier like an FRS/BRZ, but my wife just doesn't like the low seating position. My wife didn't want me giving up the fun of driving a convertible to get into something more mundane like a Honda Fit. But the Smart ED satisfies both of us. It's really the first vehicle we're both enthusiastic about.
As far as cost, I'm hoping this is going to be fairly money neutral. We'd get the $7500 tax credit, and I can get $4k for my Miata, so $11.5k is totally money neutral. We can also get a gently used, low mileage local example for probably $6k or so. If I'm spending $2k on top of what I can get for the Miata, why not add that to the $11.5k and buy new and get a warranty?
So, here come the first of many questions. I appreciate all of the help and advice!
In the "If anyone is looking for an ED" thread, there was mention of incentives expiring, which would then lower the cost the dealer would likely sell at. How does this work and how can I tell when incentives have expired?
There are still a handful of new 2015 ED's advertised for between $16-18k. How realistic do you think it would be to get these for between $11-12k when outright purchasing the battery?
We're heading out this weekend to test drive a lightly used ED that is nearby. Our first time in a Smart and the first time driving a fully electric vehicle. Hopefully we will both like it as much as we think we will.
Thanks again for any advice you can give me!