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Starting to panic now!

Hi all i have been trying to see if i could trade in Lindas smart passion for the 500 as I don't have the time or inclination to do it privately at the moment they have come back with a better offer which is giving us £4000 for the passion I am just not that up on prices on smarts but it seems a fairly good deal [what do you think is it?] bearing in mind we paid £8000 new just over 4 years ago i think we could ask a little bit more private but it needs a service which is never cheap even if it's only an oil change which it is, that will save us and they will hold that price till the end of feb as the book price drops again then. Also we can keep the car and just swap it for the 500 rather than trying to tie it in with the new one if we go private. Now the other problem is going into the world of Fiat and italian cars which i said i would never ever do because of their mechanical/electrical problems and also quality issues, I know this car is different but i am still getting jittery it's just my luck for Linda to get one and it lets us down all the time, i know, I know i am being a bit daft, just can't help it she hasn't seen one yet so i will take her at the weekend i know she will love it as I certainly do, I think it's a case of just going for it and having something different as let's face it the smart isn't german i think it's french built if I am not mistaken. Residuals do worry me as if we let the smart go at that price it will have retained 50% of it's value after just over 4 years which i don't think is too bad anyway that's it all opinions and reassurances very welcome as we are about to part with £5750 Oh i forgot we have had a remap on the smart, I haven't told the garage not that it's a bad thing, do i tell them or not bother? Thanks again to all the friendly helpful folk on this great little forum
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Re: Starting to panic now!

Breathe in.......


Relax.....


Breathe out......

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Yeah as Hellcat says. Chill brother.
500 is going to be very reliable it's based on the Panda one of the most reliable cars on the market!
4000 for a 4 year old Smart is crazy. I'd have given you 3 maybe less!

You have been offered a good deal on what I'll bet will be an excellent car.
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We've ran a panda now for nearly 4 years and bar a radio with a mind of its own, its done 15000 miles and not one problem. Unlike the sister inlaws polo which is same age and mileage buts had to go back into the workshop so far 4 times.
I've found our panda a pleasure to own and just as long as the dealer network get's its act together then there onto a winner with the 500.
We've also bitten the bullet and have ordered a new 500 1.2 pop in red.....roll on march
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Wow that sounds a bloody good offer for your smart...well done! I'd take that deal in a blink!
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Breathing in and breathing out thanks guys don't worry i am going to go for it I will post when I have ordered that is if Linda likes it, so you think the deal on the smart is pretty good then? i know private I could, and I mean could possibly get more but I am not sure, it's just deciding when is the best time to get a new car and let your car go, is 4 years a good time to get rid?
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I think four years is enough for me personally...advances in economy and safety too precious to ignore...that coupled with cute looks I can't imagine your fairer half not liking it!

And it's bigger than a smart and very very much cooler
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good point Baerius the smart is a 3 star Ncap and the Fiat 5!!
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Oh i forgot we have had a remap on the smart, I haven't told the garage not that it's a bad thing, do i tell them or not bother?
I can't add anything more to the 'have you got a good deal or not?' part of the conversation, but nobody else seems to have picked up on this yet.

My advice would be to not tell them. It's highly unlikely a non-SMART dealership will even notice (and whoever buys the car certainly won't) but if you tell them they'll only offer you less for it.

(OMG! A car salesman telling people how to get away with stuff! )
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4000 for a 4 year old Smart is crazy. I'd have given you 3 maybe less!
No wonder Scotsmen are stereotyped as being tight!
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No wonder Scotsmen are stereotyped as being tight!
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£4000 for the Smart is bloody brilliant! Holding onto 50% of it's value in 3 years, let alone 4 years is very good going. I'd do matey
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No wonder Scotsmen are stereotyped as being tight!
Thats me being nice. In reality it would proberly be less!
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Thats me being nice. In reality it would proberly be less!
I'm getting a feeling you're not a smart fan then?
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I'm getting a feeling you're not a smart fan then?
We have had a roadster sitting for 6 months now! Nobody even looks at the damn thing!
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