No, I'm not a Smartmaniac Blog Discussion

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  • Daedulus
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    Hey Martin,

    I just visited the SmartManiacs website and, to quote:
    "JOIN smartmaniacs it's FREE!

    .. claim your FREE DISCOUNT CARD.

    SAVE ON servicing, parts, ICE, Graphics and more.... "

    Maybe you want to reconsider?
  • jamesadane
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    It's a serious point worth making more generally I think; If you join an owners club for the make/model of car you have then you can save money left, right and center. Many insurers offer discounts for being a member of an owners club and many part suppliers do too, but this tends to be specialist suppliers for older/rarer cars.
    It's ceratinly worth digging about for owners clubs for your car, and it's then worth asking when you are buying things for that car if there are owners club discounts available. Result: more money saved!
  • MSE_Martin
    MSE_Martin Posts: 8,272 Money Saving Expert
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    OK ok my wrist is slapped ;)
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  • divadee
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    you came all the way down here and didnt come to see me:eek:


    shame on you ;):D
  • PaleScene
    PaleScene Posts: 1,029 Forumite
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    Hehe - my other half has much the same attitude. I have taken him along to Doctor Who conventions in the past (which tend not to have a lot of dressers-up) but he wouldn't consider a Star Trek convention at all because the image shown of them is all pyjama-uniforms and klingon make-up. (I'm not interested in the latter because I'm less keen on watching it too)
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    £2 CSC - £30 :kisses3:
  • jobbingmusician
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    And the woman who runs Smartmaniacs is one of your faithful! Shame on you!!!!

    (I own a Smart as well. And I met my husband through owning one :eek: )
    I was a board guide here for many years, but have now resigned. Amicably, but I think it reflects very poorly on MSE that I have not even received an acknowledgement of my resignation! Poor show, MSE.

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  • MSE_Martin
    MSE_Martin Posts: 8,272 Money Saving Expert
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    I really have bitten off more than i can chew here haven't I!

    I love my smart! I am driving a Smart in my new series. Smart users don't disown me... Im sorry.... I should've come to Smartmaniacs after all.... I blame the girl i was with.... it wasn't me gov.... honest!
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  • charlieheard
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    Martin,

    Slightly tongue in cheek, but do you think a Smart car is suitable for a money saving expert?
    • It isn't cheap - there are many cheaper cars
    • It isn't economical - there are many more economical cars.
    • It isn't that small - you still take up a lane on the road and a parking space like any other car
    • It is short - which actually makes it poorer handling than a supermini and less safe in an accident.
    Don't tell me style and fashion are more important than money-saving ;)
    Jumbo

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  • MSE_Martin
    MSE_Martin Posts: 8,272 Money Saving Expert
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    However when I bought it, it was the only one which allowed a full capital write off if you bought it on the company because of its emissions.

    The insurance is the lowest category.

    It is very economical and depreciation isn't too bad.

    Parking is phenomenal, i tend to hang out in central london most of the time.

    And best of all its a non-status car, unlike a normal small car, no one can work out how much money a smart owner earns!

    martin

    :)
    Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert.
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  • jobbingmusician
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    Martin,


    [*]It is short - which actually makes it poorer handling than a supermini and less safe in an accident.
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    Don't tell me style and fashion are more important than money-saving ;)

    Charliehead, have you looked at crash reports involving Smarts? They are one of the safest cars on the road!!!!! :j
    I was a board guide here for many years, but have now resigned. Amicably, but I think it reflects very poorly on MSE that I have not even received an acknowledgement of my resignation! Poor show, MSE.

    This signature was changed on 6.4.22. This is an experiment to see if anyone from MSE picks up on this comment.
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