How to remove a smart car panel

Updated February 21, 2017

The Smart Car is the smallest manufactured car sold in the United States. It is known for its compact and efficient frame. Due to its size, the Smart Car has a variety of safety features, including acceleration skid control and hydraulic brake assistance. The Smart Car website explains that the small nature of the car allows for multiple personalisation options that are not available on most cars. One example is that Smart Car owners can customise the car by removing the panels and installing custom panels that can be found in many colours and styles.

Look between each of the Smart Car panels to find all the metal clips that are holding the panels in place. The Evilution website explains that the number of clips can vary depending on the individual panel. Unclip each of the panels by using a flat screwdriver.

Remove the two screws on either side of the fog lights as well as the five screws on the inside edges of the doors. Once the screws are removed, the triangular panels in front of the mirrors can be taken off.

Lower the two windows and remove the external window seals. Close the windows and then find the three clips at the top of each door panel. Use a screwdriver to unclip the panels.

Support all the larger panels as they are being loosened and removed to avoid damage. Once all the panels are removed, new panels can be installed in the same manner the old panels were removed. All the clips and screws can be reused.

Wrap the old panels in a soft, protecting material once they are removed from the car. The panels should be stored in a safe location to protect them. Although Smart Car personalisation is common, the old panels can be saved for future use or sold.


The panel clips can snap when they are being removed. It is advisable to not remove the panels when the weather is very cold because the likelihood of breaking the clips increases. Care also should be taken when removing the Smart Car panels so that the paint is not scratched.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Panel storing material
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Shannon Johnson has been a freelance writer since 2008, specializing in health and organic and green-living topics. She practiced law for five years before moving on to work in higher education. She writes about what she lives on a daily basis.