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Q. What are these "orphans" that people are talking about?

A. Generally, to get the smart car that you want from a dealer, you need to order one online at www.smartusa.com by putting down a $99 deposit. Although time delays vary by model and location of dealership, it is generally taking a year or more for reserved cars to be delivered. A lot of things can happen in a year, and therefore some people decide not to take delivery of their smart when it finally arrives at the dealership. These cars are called "orphans." But don't worry, they won't go unloved or hungry, as each dealership maintains a list of people who are willing to adopt these orphans. As a car becomes orphaned, dealers will call the people on the list and offer to sell these cars (usually with a lot of accessories and extras added on) to the people at the top of the orphan list.
 
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