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    Top Gear is a TV show (a good show, but still a TV show). Crash ratings for the Smart Car are mediocre at best.
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    5th gear not top gear.....
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    I used to feel the same but the Smart is a pretty well built car. Check out this piece top gear did on crashing them.

    SMART car crash (TEST) - YouTube
    I didn't click on the link. Did they actually test crash it into a rigid airship to see how it would respond to such an everyday occurrence?

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    5th gear not top gear.....
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    Also, the big thing that saves lives isn't a strong frame - which the SMART has in spades. Its plenty of crumple room to bleed off the energy of smashing into something at a combined 100 kph. Instead,the frame stays intact and you get internal injuries from seatbelt etc.

    It isn't really 'unsafe' (at least not compared with any kei-car, because they're deathtraps) - but it won't be any cheaper to own than a larger white plate, while being less efficient, less safe, and less powerful.

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    good chance it is a kei car. the majority of the 2001 japan models didnt have the 1 litre engine and were classed as kei cars.

    need to know the model, smart mcc is just the make.
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    From my understanding, it's a kei car. At least, since the plate is yellow and not white.

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    so in the world of kei cars its probably the safest by a long way.
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    so in the world of kei cars its probably the safest by a long way.
    This is certainly true.
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    so in the world of kei cars its probably the safest by a long way.
    Well that's certainly true.

    I didn't think they were kei cars, either, but if that's the case, they're probably not all that bad in comparison.

    I nevar drive a kei unless I absolutely have to, though, and I definitely wouldn't own one (tried it once; nope).
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    the k model is a kei car
    the fortwo model isnt
    the crossblade is that freaky looking "convertible" thing.
    the roadster is the baby sportscar
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    Shit, I didn't even know they had multiple models on the market...

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    Well that's certainly true.

    I didn't think they were kei cars, either, but if that's the case, they're probably not all that bad in comparison.

    I nevar drive a kei unless I absolutely have to, though, and I definitely wouldn't own one (tried it once; nope).
    This is why I will have to get a kei car when I get a car ImageUploadedByTapatalk1404883481.919297.jpg

    I have to fit through there.
    If our shitty neighbors didn't build over their property line I would get an EVO V but nope econobox for us.
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    The other reason kei cars are nice is that they're super cheap to maintain if you don't have to put a ton of mileage on them (aka it sits in the parking spot at home more than anywhere else - like me.)

    If you're going to spend any major amount of time in it, you might as well get a nice car.

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    How difficult is it to rent a car for a day or a week if I want to make a road trip, but don't want to actually own a car?

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    Based on the number of signs I see, not hard. not cheap though.
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    Not really that expensive. I've rented a big-arse moving truck for around 6000 for the day, and a kei for under 5000. Unlimited mileage. You hafta refuel it, of course. You have to have an actual J-license at my favorite rental house; I doubt anyone would rent you a car on an IDP.
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    Won't rent w/ an IDP unless it's a longer term rent (3-5 months)
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    We Jeeperneez are express all emotion through money. Wedding is happy money. Funeral is sad money. Izakaya is friendship money. Girl-bar is almost-sex money. But babby-borning is bery happy money, as no babby in Japan. All babby is special so we is givings much money as presento for babby.

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    We had a local ALT, American with an IDP, crash his car during his first year. He ended up paying an arm and a leg to rent a car. I think they charged him 100,000 for 14 days. It can be done but it is expensive.

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    half of that would have been insurance probably.....
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