As of yesterday afternoon, I am officially no longer a Smart owner.
We were in a crash about three weeks ago, and my insurance company declared it totaled. Non-airbag repairs would have probably been about what they cost when I was rear-ended back in January of 2018, but I had 2 airbag deployments.
I still have a few fuel receipts to catch up on, but this will probably be the last update you get on this blog. I'm not going to delete this space, for a number of reasons, not the least of which is standing in tribute to the car I loved.
I wanted to buy another Smart, but the fact of the matter is that the company has moved on, and my lifestyle has changed. I need more cargo space, not for a growing family (still just me) but for future camping trips. And if I were to buy another 2015 or earlier (still don't like the new nose), I wouldn't be able to get it with cruise control, and that's one of the few non-negotiable features for me.
I had a good four years with my dream car. I wanted to have Eddie for his lifetime, but that life was cut short by a distracted teenage driver who blew a stop sign.
In Eddie's honor, I implore you: if it's that important, pull to the side of the road. Otherwise, leave your damn phone in its cradle and drive.