Sounds like a good decision to me...BANK!
You can always buy another one on Ebay or get an orphan. Orphans really aren't that hard to find. I looked hard one week and found two within 30 minutes from me, both sold within days but they are out there and for far less than $5k markup...maybe that will change come Spring/Summer and more people getting familiar with this car. $5k is a good deal...are you paying taxes on that profit...jk
I suspect the turn is going to go in the buyers favor...I've called A LOT of Smart dealers who expect to get anywhere between 5 to 10 times as many smart car deliveries in March/April (15 to 30 cars per month per dealer versus only a handful of cars in February) than they did in February. I think you can get another Smart and resell it and make more money if you wanted. But in most states you'll end up paying $1 to 2k to register/tax the car so if you made a full $5k profit you did better than most. The completed auctions on ebay speak for themselves...there isn't that kind of profit for most of these vehicles...you could always get another one.
The diesel on ebay claims to get 51/63mpg, new '06 Smart diesel claims to get in Canada...but why do they still have 2006 Smarts on the lot...has Canada gotten tired of Smart cars? Makes me wonder...granted the ugly pin stripping may be the reason...WHY!!!!?????? http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2006-...em190204758553
So the diesel says 0-100kmh (60mph) in 19.8 seconds...for the 40hp...that's better acceleration than the 451 diesel with more horsepower...hmmm, I think that's pretty close to the 12.x of the petrol..why not. Just get rid of those colors on the dash and seats and remove the steel wheels and it's not a bad car. I could probably go diesel if it really got that kind of gas mileage despite the slowness. Maybe smart diesel cars can use the emergency lane to get on the interstates. A special lane for them.