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Just as an interesting note to the idea that a Smart only has 3 lug nuts (bolts), thus making it easier to steal. Most folk would not know that readily as the wheel covers on a Smart steely generally have 5 lug nuts shown on them and unless you were familiar with Smarts to begin with, the average person would not really know there were two less nuts beneath those wheel covers. In addition, the person would also have to be aware as to the exact size of the lug nuts (bolts) to even think to carry a 17mm socket and wrench along for removal. In other words, they have to pretty well be an educated Smart car wheel thief to begin with when you think about it. I am not so sure that the typical meth head Smart Car wheel thief is not being given a bit too much credit. That said, the end result is still that if the price is worth it to someone for their own peace of mind and security, then such a need is totally justified for them and their comfort to be had.
Me, having never pulled a Smart wheel of until just lately and not being a dedicated wheel thief to begin with, I was educated about the lug nuts (bolts) only after I removed the plastic wheel covers and had to go find the right tools for the job. It actually helped me, as I know now what size socket and wrench to carry in the car for any wheel removal needs in the future. If I ever decide to become a wheel thief in the future, I now know what to keep in my bag of tricks for my 5 finger discount services. That said, of the 5-6 Smart Cars located in my city of about 105,000 people, I'll have to plot out their location at the local WalMart parking lot so I can find them with my GPS when the time comes to strike with my tools in hand. It sure don't look like much profit in store for me with so few Smarts on hand locally though. :-)
Just joking, but it is some interesting things to think about though. :-)