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IF you are in the DC metro area, then Germantown smart center is the ONLY place to buy a new smart.
Yes, and Germantown is "DC metro area" if you're in Maryland. For anyone going there from northern Virginia, you might as well pack a lunch...
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The "local" smart dealer (15 miles), the only one of three MB dealers in my region (and NOT the dealer to which I take my Benz), has already announced it will no longer carry the smart line. I'm not sure if they are going to remain service-only, but if not, once my "experiment" with the smart EV has run its course, I'll be looking for something else.
I was thinking a used (get it after 2017) 2017 Smart since it is the last gas powered Fortwo but I could switch to another small car. One that I considered is the Fiat 500 and another is the Mini Cooper.
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I was thinking a used (get it after 2017) 2017 Smart since it is the last gas powered Fortwo but I could switch to another small car.

Similar logic probably prevailed in the early 1900s when the horse and buggy gave way to the automobile.

Buggy salesmen warned people to snatch up buggies before it was too late, and that those last buggies would become rare and valuable collectibles!
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Similar logic probably prevailed in the early 1900s when the horse and buggy gave way to the automobile.

Buggy salesmen warned people to snatch up buggies before it was too late, and that those last buggies would become rare and valuable collectibles!
You never been to a Amish community, driving a smart car.

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I got this email link, from smart America today. Really don't think the smart brand will be around, after the 2018 year. Only trying to sell a EV model.

Should All Smart Dealers Burn Down Their Lots This Summer?
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An excellent example of journalistic oxygen deprivation.
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All of us in the good old USA might end up doing what the Cubans did when the cold war started up. They began using any engine or any part that they could find to keep their vintage cars on the road. We might find Fortwo's with boat engines or Chevy windshield wipers. The plastic isn't gonna rust out. It may just end up brittle and cracked from UV damage. We may have to resort to Hemmings Motor News to find imported parts from other countries. It's a shame to see the brand die right before our very eyes. Some of us actually like our Fortwos. DCO
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I fear MB has already made a decision on the future of the Smart. Recall last year's rollout of the EQ line of cars to be built in Germany in Bremen? That included an SUV which they actually showed at Paris. Having all cars labeled MB and in one store is a big advantage. Dividing lines worked for Honda and Toyota because Acura and Lexus were more expensive. MB and the lower cost Smart two seater had a much rougher road, especially when gas prices sank.
I loved my munchkin and hoped to get another. Maybe not going to happen.
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I got this email link, from smart America today. Really don't think the smart brand will be around, after the 2018 year. Only trying to sell a EV model.

Should All Smart Dealers Burn Down Their Lots This Summer?
Too bad the journalist didn't know from the inside why "only 54" electric smarts were sold between January and May. The answer to that is because they were SOLD OUT nationwide pretty much all year.

This is why even professional journalists should not be placed on pedestals, with their opinions unchecked and automatically assumed to be true.
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This is why even professional journalists should not be placed on pedestals, with their opinions unchecked and automatically assumed to be true.
Matt Posky, Eastern Michigan University a Professional Journalist? Don't think he has yet to "earn" his pedestal?

Suffice to say that this is more Alt News provided by yet another journalistic wannabee, who owns a keyboard which gave him license to launch yet another clickbait platform . . .

By his own LinkedIn description - Specialties: Writing (news and column), Copywriting, Blogging, Social Media Management, Media Research and Analysis, PR Crisis Monitoring, Audio and Video Technology, Adobe CS5 (Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Encore), Final Cut Pro, AVID, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
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