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Glad your daughter is OK. Unfortunately her smart will be totaled. With the age 2008 and mileage 113k , I have seen newer smarts with less damage totaled.
I understand the safety cell may not have suffered any damage and it is covered with automotive steel. That said, the smart fortwo tridion safety cell is a non-repairable item as far as insurance companies go. A person MAY be able to make it look right and fit but, it will never have the original strength as a non damaged piece. Unless there is additional strengthening support added.
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If the outside cover was damaged, but not the internal structure, there is no reason that wouldn't be as strong a s original. That is why the place he took it to is using a laser to verify the frame integrity. sounds like he took it to the right place for evaluation and repair. Especially noticing the wheel was hit and knowing that a wheel damage can cause frame damage on a smart. That is what they were designed to do.
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Hi, Guys. It's been a minute since I've posted. We still have our three original 2008 Smarts, have even bought and sold another pair of 08's, for a daughter who keeps moving back and forth to Europe. These have been truly great little cars to own and operate.

My other daughter got hit by a tractor trailer yesterday. She was turning right, he was in the center lane, no signal, and did a wide right, and crushed her against the curb, damaging the entire driver's side.

Other than being scared spitless, because she couldn't get his attention and he kept pushing her over, she is fine. I was an insurance agent for years, and saw many similar claims. I can't believe that the damage was so cosmetically minor.

She was literally on her way out of town to meet a friend to fly to Panama for a month, so I quickly loaned her my cabrio and told her I'd deal with her insurance on this end.

The car actually looks great, but it tore the driver's mirror clean off, damaged four panels, the rocker panel, and the tail gate, the door grinds when opening/closing,and there is a moderate dent in the safety cage. I'm worried that with age and mileage (113k), the insurance will total it.

She loves her Passion, well, passionately (ha!), and will be heartbroken if it's totaled.

If the safety cage is damaged, does that affect the structural integrity? Or can the safety cage be easily repaired? Would we want the safety cage to be repaired if they offer to do so?

Any advice appreciated.

We are super happy. The cage did exactly what it was supposed to do.
That sounded like a rough accident. The pics are great. I am extremely happy she is ok. Two daughters here. Being a parent is leaving your life behind. Everything is them. I'm glad you made it through the phone call received.

Thank you for asking about any damage to the cage, many will be interested in that.
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Well, repairs were over $3200, so their insurance company totaled the car. Shockingly, it looks like they can take the money they received, add a couple thousand, and buy a much later model with under 20k miles. Like I told my son-in-law, people buy them and either love them or hate them. Those that love them, drive them for evvvvvvver, and those that don't, well they dump them. And those that truly love them, well they replace a dearly departed Smart with yet another one, as the kids plan to do!
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Smart Car, still love it, 21 days in .....

I tried to get a Smart for years. I am so happy with it, I enjoy it and want to drive again. I am considering keeping the gas Smart rather than getting the electric but I have ordered an electric from my dealer in case.

I read a rumor about the 2017 Smart Electric. They might skip a year, instead, resuming in 2018. That was done with the F, skipping 2014, resuming 2015.

Regardless, the Smart handles like a sports car, at least for me. Nice flat corners, short lock to lock steering wheel, it starts, it looks so nice, I almost feel guilty driving it.

It was well worth the trip to get it, even the turn in fee for the other lease I paid after balking at first. I was not informed before the sale, people had already died in that model, via metal shards. Not that car but many like it. I never would have even looked at it.

Two low air tires, broken stems, damaged wheel computers, with enough air not to damage the tires. Had it flatbed towed to the dealer. Old lease.

I was told, six air bags had to be replaced. Only the steering wheel airbag was. All were made by the same company. When talking to the manufacturer, she asked me, please do not repeat that to anyone, it would make us go broke, huh?

I started to get dunning letters from the lessor, I didn't want to ever see their the dealer's face again again, so I just paid the return fee. The guy who I called, knocked the tax off the 350$, which he did not have to do, but I profusely thanked him for the accommodation and kind gesture.

Oh, after checking the height of the Smart, it went through perfectly without tire damage and the hammer banging sounds made by the cloth strips on the previous lease.

I really love just looking at it.

I have so many questions but I will try to look them up before asking. Here is one.

Why doesn't my remote key lock/unlock work with gloves on? I have looked making sure my finger was square on the button. I also felt the click. When I take the glove off, it works. If it has a heat sensor in it, my level of satisfaction will just keep going through the roof.

I am being careful to stay within forum guidelines, please inform me of any wrong doings other than, grammar, spelling, construction, not learning how to diagram a sentence in high school and too many words.

Thank you all.
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Wow, never had trouble with my remote wearing gloves, but it is just a push button inside, no heat sensor or anything.

You didn't say what your previous car was but the main thing is you are in a car you seem to enjoy! Welcome to the asylum... we are all a bit crazy about these little cars! You will notice that you will take the long route to the store, work, or wherever just to drive a little more...
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Some photo I took of the smart 451 cut away
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