One of the best and quite unexpected things about owning a Smart Car is going to the Mercedes-Benz dealership. Today I just received an email that my local dealership was hosting an soiree featuring art from two local galleries. No fee requested, just a simple RSVP. When is the last time you went to an art show at your car dealership? Never, right? When I had my Mazda, it was no fun going to the dealership with its harsh fluorescent lights, utilitarian waiting room, hard chairs and buzzing vending machines stocked with overpriced sodas. Now, when I get my Smart serviced, I can luxuriate in the soft chairs in the Mercedes-Benz cafe and sip on the free bottled water or purchase an overpriced soda (some things are the same everywhere), and maybe get a bite to eat if it’s the lunch hour. Apparently, my dealership also has free ice cream on Wednesdays, although I’ve never been there at that time. And what makes the experience even better is to know I own one of the most economical cars on the road and am not paying Mercedes prices for it (Smarts retail between 11k and 16k). Can you say upgrade with a big smile on your face? I knew you could.