One pretty serious issue precluding DaimlerChrysler's miniscule Smart cars from infiltrating the U.S. market is a complete lack of a sales and service network. So basically there's no way to buy one, and then if by some miracle you could get one, there'd be no way to maintain it or fix it if it broke. The electric car company Zap wants to be Smart's official distributor, and would be responsible for setting up an extensive dealer network, only the company has been in bankruptcy court for two years running and has no experience selling passenger cars. Then there's DaimlerChrysler saying that they have no arrangement to sell cars directly to Zap, meaning that Zap would have to acquire them on the gray market and then have the Smarts converted to U.S. EPA standards. What may be most harmful to Smarts is the expected pricing plan; while current exchange rates put Smarts anywhere from $9,446 to $12,938 (in Germany), importers are looking to snag $15,000 to $25,000 for them in the U.S. Bad, bad move.
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