Smart Crash

December 2008: I have a Smart car. Yup, those goofy micro-cars that recently hit the US market. I've been really happy with it and have loved driving it since getting it in July. Today, I'm even happier about it given the accident that I had yesterday.

I got rear ended while driving on the freeway. Yes, at highway speed no less. I'm OK - a bit sore today - and may go see the doctor - but I'm OK. Dang, I was still in one piece after getting pushed into the ditch so it's all good.


Here's what it looks like to be rear-ended in a Smart car:

Smart Car rear ended by SUV

Smart Car rear ended by SUV - Driver Side

Smart Car rear ended by SUV - Close Up

(Sorry for the crappy cell-phone images...)

When the tow truck pulled the car out, it pulled the other car about 6 feet as well because we were so entangled together. The other car was a VW Touareg - yup - an SUV. See, you can survive being rear-ended by an SUV in a Smart!!

To my amazement, even after this accident I was able to drive the car to the dealership. I'm absolutely astounded this little car took getting hit in the rear so well. Remember, the engine is in the back on this little puppy.

When I got to the dealership, I couldn't believe how fantastic they treated me. I had parked in the service lot to call my insurance company when someone actually came out to see if I was OK and to offer the use of phones inside - it was about -5F at the time.

The smell of coolant and melting plastic was redolent through the shop when I got it into the bay. I was a bit embarrassed to bring the baby home in this condition but I felt genuine concern from everyone at the dealership.

A cheerful, professional Smart dealership staff member gave me a ride home to retrieve my other car. Upon return (to collect my stuff in the Smart car - don't forget it's holiday shopping time) I tried to give my ride-home driver a "little something". He refused politely explaining that taking care of customers is just what they do. 

The technician told me they've had a couple of totaled Smarts this winter. In both cases the occupants walked away from the accident. I'm hopeful I won't have a "totaled" situation on my hands but I can attest to being able to walk away from a fairly serious crash.

I'll keep you posted....

Quick update...later that day....
Got some really supportive responses to this post already - particularly from fellow Smart car owners. One has a great website all about Smart and its general terrificness. Check it out at

42 days later....
Yes, I finally got the car back. After the machinations of the insurance company the funds were finally released. The actual repair took about 5 days. Not happy with the insurance company but VERY happy with Smart. Great work, great service and I'm happily cruising around again feeling safe and snug.

Year and 1/2 Later....
Gotta tell you, have not had a single problem since. OK, maybe a burnt out lightbulb, but that's it. This is one heck of a car.




Follow Me on Pinterest Subscribe to my RSS feed


Arizona Day Trips

The following list of day trips resulted from compiling activity suggestions for friends visiting us in Arizona. A diverse list of activities.

 Read More
Where Have You Been?

Tripadvisor Map: Where Have You Been?I joined the Tripadvisors community a few months ago and have found it quite addictive. Just be careful, wanderlust is contagious...

 Read More
September 11 Reflections

The 9/11 attacks had such a profound impact on many lives, it seems a little trite to discuss in on a personal level. However, the sheer size of the ripple effect this event had on people's lives is hard not to reflect upon. Ours was hugely impacted despite not being directly involved.

 Read More
Test PageMoving Sucks But Provides Proof of Universal Law

There are really no other words for it. Moving sucks. In spite of the mayhem that it causes, it gives perspective that only transitition can provide.

Let me describe what can only be described as Universal Intervention.....

 Read More
Faces InEquality

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-EvidentWithout trying to be too philosophical, I can't help but reflect on how much Americans value being treated equally. At least that seems to be the goal from the beginning: We hold these truths to be self-evident...

 Read More
Smart Crash
Crash CloseupI have a Smart car. Yup, those goofy micro-cars that have hit the US market. I've been really happy with it and have loved driving it since getting it. I'm even happier with it given the accident that I had... Read More
Some Expressions Take Me Back

Prefab Sprout SwoonSome expressions take me back, like "Hair of Gold" and "Sweet Mary" and "Running to Me". The sweet sweet songs that cloud your eyes - nostalgia supplies.

 Read More
Life is just a Cats Cradle

Cats CradleHave you ever played Cat's Cradle? (No, not the song by Harry Chapin - that's actually Cats in the Cradle.) Cat's Cradle is the game played between two people with a long string tied in a large circle.

 Read More
Low and behold the Universe provides

... actually it was the teachings I've read, experienced and choose to believe which were being shared at that moment. Originally, this teaching came to me from a wide variety of sources. Various religious beliefs teach it. Common sense dictates it. Even spirit-starved science offers clues to it.

 Read More
Wish I Had More Time

ClockIt all seems out of whack: our perception of time. Sometimes time drags and sometimes it leaps. Mostly, in our culture there is never enough. Yet in our cells, there is a definite clock that clicks and ultimately decides it all: "our time."

 Read More
Paul Konrardy Home
Paul Konrardy's LinkedIn Profile Follow Paul Konrardy on Twitter Paul Konrardy's RSS Feed