Smart move? - Tim Allcott
Attracted by the finance offer (£99 down, £99 a month for 3 years) as a PCP on the Smart "Purestyle" base model. Went to Lincoln yesterday and they had one left : Black frame, white panels (Looks like it needs a low profile red roof light bar a crest on each door and "Protect and serve" below!)
Rang around locally, and salesman's story of "no others available in the country" seems to ring true so I've bought it.
Enjoyed the test drive... both son's need something to practice in when they're learning. I shall miss the 'K' plate Audi 80 Avant, if only because it was handy for taking rubbish to the tip! I think that, because they've ceased production, it might be more desirable when I eventually come to sell. I know it will have lost some of it's "fashion" value, but 3 years down the line, if you were offered a Mitsubishi Colt or a Forfour, which would you choose?
Tim{P}
Smart move? - Citroënian {P}
Hi Tim,

Sounds pretty much like the one that Top Gear magazine run; they call theirs Orca...

Where did you see the deal, looks almost too good to be true

Lee -- There\'s no place like 127.0.0.1
Smart move? - Tim Allcott
Ad in "Car" magazine, Lee ; I thought so too. Balloon payment is £3,250. Apparently most of them were ordered by companies, in bulk: Sheffield branch of Smart seemed to think they could get more. Other models (higher up) seem to have about a £400 deposit, and £130 per month; but you do get Air con and other goodies for that. Servicing seems to pan out at about £550 over the 3 years.
Tim{P}
Smart move? - Citroënian {P}
I'd say you've got an excellent deal there - we're hiring a car for a week in Ireland next month and are paying more than you're paying per month!!

Would agree with your assumption about the end value too, despite being based on the same underpinnings, people will always value the smart over the Colt.


Lee -- There\'s no place like 127.0.0.1
Smart move? - Tim Allcott
Hmmmm call today from finance director of the garage: would I like GAP insurance and extended warranty for a 3rd year for and extra £16 per month over the three years? No, I wouldn't, thank you. If I want GAP insurance, I'll buy it online for about £140.. but I was SURE I'd read in the advert that all cars registered after 01/04/06 would have a 4 year warranty. He poo poohed this; but, sure enough, on checking the ad tonight, there it is, in white on burgundy... Yet another example of main agents being ill informed; mind you, I think he usually deals with Mercs. What warranty do they give now?
Tim{P}
 

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