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Len, I live in the Wilmington area and am in the process of buying a 2008 Smart Car and want to get cruise control. Do you know of a good and trusted Smart mechanic or two in the area (not a dealership). Doug
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Len, I live in the Wilmington area and am in the process of buying a 2008 Smart Car and want to get cruise control. Do you know of a good and trusted Smart mechanic or two in the area (not a dealership). Doug
Doug - can't help you. I've never needed anyone to work on either of my Smarts, but I did have one warranty issue. Closest dealer to you/me is Cary or Charleston - long way away and I doubt a dealer would install cruise anyway.

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I live in the Wilmington area and am in the process of buying a 2008 Smart Car and want to get cruise control. Do you know of a good and trusted Smart mechanic or two ...
You don’t indicate how many miles are on the 10 year old smart that you are “in the process of buying.” Private party or pre-owned dealer?

Bear in mind that smart is very much a niche car and as such can become quite a challenge for the mechanic who has never seen one.

FREE ADVICE - some of the questions that you have probably need to be “settled” BEFORE writing that check???

Most EURO qualified mechanics with the proper M-B computer/software can work on a smart. How many in Wilmington might meet that criteria, who knows? May want to do a search of the local mechanics and call them?
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You don’t indicate how many miles are on the 10 year old smart that you are “in the process of buying.” Private party or pre-owned dealer?

Bear in mind that smart is very much a niche car and as such can become quite a challenge for the mechanic who has never seen one.

FREE ADVICE - some of the questions that you have probably need to be “settled” BEFORE writing that check???

Most EURO qualified mechanics with the proper M-B computer/software can work on a smart. How many in Wilmington might meet that criteria, who knows? May want to do a search of the local mechanics and call them?
Hello, This is an unusual site. It doesn't seem to initially give a "reply" option. I guess you have to hit "quote" first, then reply. Anyway, to answer your questions: The miles are VERY low, and the price is VERY low. I am happy in both regards. And I have never bought a car new or used from a dealer. I just don't do that for many reasons. And your point about the Smart Car being a "niche" vehicle is a good one, and the exact reason I am on here soaking up info from the pros like you. I am trying to weigh the "niche" factor versus the smoking good deal I am staring at right now. I've got a lot of high maintenance hobbies in my life right now. Not sure I want another one. But I am very drawn to this car. Not sure why! But this is precisely how I get in deep just about every time.
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There's a "reply" button at the top and bottom of each page of posts. If you want to reply to a specific post, you can either quote it or do the @Username thing.
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Thanks, I see that now. But on the page view I had previously I did not see a "reply" button. Anyway, thanks for helping the new guy out!
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