In the summer of 2001 we flew from London to Dusseldorf, Germany to buy a smartcar. After doing the deal on an all black 2000 Pulse we stayed at the Lindner Hotel Rhein Residence for two nights while the alloy wheels and other upgrades were sorted out. Driving on the Autobahn in Germany proved to be no problem for the smart.
We made the journey from Calais to Dover via Hoverspeed and paid the motorcycle rate. Back in England, we had to have the speedometer, head and tail lights converted to meet UK regulations. Another necessity was the cupholder we purchased at the same time.