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Where do you get tire chains for the SMART? Thanks, Frank
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Don't know for sure. But Dealers may order "Europe" only accessories (usually with a no-return policy caveat). The smart number is A0015831816. Hope it helps!
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One more detail, the answer of my price inquiry to "my" local smart center, this AM:
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Checked the price, the snow chain costs $294.93 plus tax. I am not sure if I still could order them, smart USA stopped taking orders for euro smart parts.
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I am hoping the chains I have will do just fine - don't see why not. My querry is - how to put them on? This old lady does Not crawl under cars.

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Where do you get tire chains for the SMART? Thanks, Frank
I've read on the forum you can get tire chains at Les Schwab Tires. $75 and they will fit them to the car. If you don't use them, you can return them for a full refund at the end of the season.

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Snow Tires???

We live in New Hampshire, and driving the car in the snow could be an issue, we get a bit of snow here?? 100+ plus inches last season.. Anyone with winter driving experience??? I was thinking steel wheels and some nice open treaded tires for winter???


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Don't know for sure. But Dealers may order "Europe" only accessories (usually with a no-return policy caveat). The smart number is A0015831816. Hope it helps!
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Where do you get tire chains for the SMART? Thanks, Frank

We carry the Genuine Smart Chains. They are are more pricey than some others, but in case you are interested in the Genuine TUV approved Smart Car Chains we have them in stock. Here is the direct link:

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Just a thought.... If the snow is deep enough that you require chains, I would think the low air dam on the front of the smart will be plowing snow. When the snow flies... I'm using my 4X4.

Maybe chains on rear tires and skis instead of tires on the front. Now that would be coool!!!
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Snow plowing with a Smart car??

Rather then chains, they are zero fun on wet pavement, I have been looking for some nice aggressive winter tires for our Smart car.. I too do not see my wife pulling over and installing the chains, or taking them off herself... All my rental cars when I lived in Italy came with a set of tire chains in the trunk during the winter months. But I never found them necessary.. I grew up driving in Michigan where the snow season means, having fun, hand brake turns, and donuts galore in every empty parking lot Don't fight the snow, play in it

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Just a thought.... If the snow is deep enough that you require chains, I would think the low air dam on the front of the smart will be plowing snow. When the snow flies... I'm using my 4X4.

Maybe chains on rear tires and skis instead of tires on the front. Now that would be coool!!!
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The Smart tire chains are probally the best available, but chains would be my last resort. They are for use at low speeds on snow and ice ONLY, no bare pavement at all.

This means you spend a lot of time taking them on and off.

In addition, they are rough riding and noisy even at low speeds and a real pain to install in the best of conditions.

Also remember that they will help forward traction, but do nothing for steering. A please, don't suggest putting them on the front as well!

If you want the peace of mind and have the money to spend, buy the chains and a jack so you can install them, but hope you never need to!
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