Originally Posted by stevenvillatoro
What year is the white Brabus? With a smart, its model year can be important to some buyers, due to key upgrades. You might negotiate a better price than you imagine, especially if it's been on the market for a while.
Coupe vs. Cabrio is a personal decision. I've had many non-smart convertibles, but would likely never buy another. I find them initially intriguing, but then they become too hot, too noisy, too windy, too poor visibility, too much maintenance and care, too subject to vandalism, etc., etc. Fortunately, others will disagree, as they should!
With a used smart, I'd be wanting a warranty with more than 12,000 miles remaining, if possible. With a longer warranty, if you later decided that a smart weren't for you, you'd still be able to pass along more warranty to a subsequent buyer. And don't kid yourself, if you get one with 12K miles of warranty remaining, that you'll get it sorted out in that time and never have another issue ? I'd never own a smart out of warranty. But again, that's personal, and many may disagree.
Lastly... black? Never again, unless you're into cleaning your car ALL the time. Plus, they get hotter; I've spent lots of time in Arkansas in the summer ? no, thanks!
Widen your search? Many people shop farther away, and you'll find more availability in major smart markets around the country, often at better prices due to competitiveness.
Finding the right one should not be rushed. Spend time driving as many smarts as you can, so that you'll learn to evaluate a good buying opportunity from a bad one.
Thanks for the well thought out response. It seems indicative of the type of members this forum attracts and the type of people that are attracted to Smart Cars and what the vehicles represent. Smart car drivers are intelligent, dare to be different and appreciate people that are forward thinking enough to consider the Smart Car lifestyle.
Both the white and black Brabus are 2014 models. I just sold a black car and black can be a royal pain and HOT! My first choice is white when choosing a car. White never looks as good as black when clean, but white looks better the majority of the time. I like that bright color vehicles are easier to see from a safety perspective than black is by other drivers. The good news is Smart Cars are easier to wash due to their size. ?
I spent the day negotiating the price on both vehicles. The white car ended up at $9,300 and the black car $6,500. The only difference between the two is the black car has Nav and the white car 24k less miles. I also have to spend $600 to transport the white car from 14 hours away. By the time I fly to pick up the car, stay in a hotel and pay for fuel, I'd rather not put the extra miles on the car for so little cost savings. The Black car is only two hours from where I'm located. As much as I like the white Brabus, it would cost me $3,000 more than the black one and the white doesn't have Nav.
Seems the black Brabus is being chosen for me. In regard to the Cabriolet, if I could have located a Brabus convertible, I would have chosen it if the increase in price was reasonable.
I wish I had more time to wait for more cars to become available, but I sold my only vehicle last week and need transportation soon. I looked for Smart cars in the Continental United States and found only two white Brabus models and both were much higher than $6,500. An average of $3,000 higher price for the white Brabus, is just too high. Plus it will cost me a cool $1,000 to upgrade the stereo in both white cars. I'm surprised no Brabus convertibles were anywhere to be found in the country.
My choices in order of color is white, yellow and black, but I prefer a matching tridium cell. If an all yellow Brabus was available, I'd have been very interested. The sales woman said how classic the black looked and how "cute" the City Flame was. That made my decision right then and there. Lol
I'm aware of the differences between a Brabus model and standard fortwo. I'm hoping the Brabus has a more aggressive exhaust note than the standard 451 and possibly a few more hp due to exhaust design.
I wish I had more options, but I'm running out of time. The black Brabus is at a Mercedes dealer. They gave it a 90 point inspection, changed the fluids and put 4 new tires on the car. They promised to take it to the body shop and paint any small imperfections due to rock chips, etc.
After the thoughtful responses I received from everyone, I wanted to provide an update in my Smart Car search.
I appreciate the useful feedback.