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Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News - PAUL POT­TINGER CARS­GUIDE EDI­TOR paul.pot­tinger@cars­

A NICHE pur­chas­ing method for that most niche of brands, Smart, has been launched on­line. The Mercedes-Benz mi­cro two-seater can be bought via buys­mart­

There have been on­line gam­bits pre­vi­ously, most notably Subaru’s sell-out of its en­tire 2012 al­lo­ca­tion of the BRZ sports car. But Benz man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Horst von San­den says the Smart ini­tia­tive goes fur­ther.

There have been op­por­tu­ni­ties for cus­tomers with other brands to se­cure a ve­hi­cle on­line with a de­posit,’’ he says. The dif­fer­ence with this plat­form is that ev­ery sin­gle de­tail in­clud­ing cal­cu­la­tion of on-road and de­liv­ery costs, the amount of the pay­ment in full, ser­vice pack­ages and dealer de­liv­ery point, can be com­pleted via the plat­form, and won’t be re­stricted to a spe­cific time pe­riod.

We will be adding in­sur­ance and fi­nance op­tions shortly. Cur­rent cus­tomers can ei­ther make pay­ment in full with a credit card, or pay a $2000 de­posit and com­plete the bal­ance via Bpay.

We are ex­tremely sat­is­fied with the on­line plat­form and, since its in­tro­duc­tion last week, four Smart cars have al­ready been sold.’’

Both cur­rent mod­els— the Fortwo and Fortwo cabrio— can be con­fig­ured on the site. Drive-away prices are $18,990 and $20,990 for the open top.

The first on­line Smart Fortwo was bought by James White from Syd­ney and de­liv­ered through Mor­ri­son Mo­tors of Chatswood.

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