I've been checking out Autotrader.com on a regular basis and I have noticed out of every brand car I've ever looked at that people are selling, there are hundreds of people dumping their fortwo's shortly after buying them.
I cannot understand why this is happening. None of the people will give me a real, honest answer. Why on earth would people wait a long time to get a car only to get rid of it 30-120 days later? I don't get it. People seem to love this car. Why aren't people keeping them after buying them?
I will be in the market to buy one next year and I am doing all of my research on the vehicle now before buying one. I rented a Cabriolet. At first I didn't like it, but then later on in the day I learned how to use the paddle shifters and the car became fun to drive. My wife thought I was nuts to rent the car but then after she sat in it and drove it around the block, she fell in love with it. The slow shifting didn't seem to bother her or any of the people we let drive the car around the block.
Look at the flood of Smart fortwos for sale right now all over the place with under 10,000 miles.
Smart fortwo's with low miles
I don't get it. Why don't people just keep them and put the typical 36,000 to 60,000 miles on the car like you'd normally do with a Honda or Toyota before getting rid of it?
I love the car and all the mods. I just feel like there is something hidden about this car that Smart owners know and won't tell anyone, so they end up dumping the car. I don't know if it's reliability issues, or people are just not happy with the power of the vehicle or they are tired of people bugging them about it on a regular basis.
All I know is that if I plunked down all that money to buy one, I'd keep it and put at least 300,000 miles on it before getting rid of it. If I needed more space or an SUV, I'd keep the Smart and either buy a 2nd vehicle or rent a vehicle to fit my needs.
I remember back in 2001 when gas hit $2.55/gallon. People were all over the news boo-hoo-hooing about how they can't afford to get to work and all sorts of stuff. Well, now it's 2009 and it's happened again, yet people still keep driving their gas hogs like it's no big deal.
Am I missing something?
I can't wait until 1/2 the cars on the road are like the Smart Car and all of the SUV's on the road hit the salvage yards.