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Used Cars
A Great Car Deal

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Car Salesman: Oh. Hi there. A beauty, isn't she?

Woman: Well . . .

Car Salesman: Do you want to take her a test ride?

Woman: Well . . . Um. How old is it?

Car Salesman: Well, it's only three years old?

Woman: And what's the mileage?

Car Salesman: Uh, let me check. Oh yes. 75,000 miles.

Woman: 75,000 miles? That's quite a bit for a car that's only three years old.

Car Salesman: Well, once you're in the driver's seat, you'll fall in love with her. Get in.

Woman: Ugh . . . Uh, I can't seem to get the door open. [Ah, it's okay.] It could be broken.

Car Salesman: Ah, just give her a little tap. Ugh. Now she's opened.

Woman: Great. A door I have to beat up to open.

Car Salesman: Hey. Get in and start her up.

[Woman tries to start the car . . .]

Car Salesman: [Um] Well, it's probably the battery. I know she has enough gas in her, and I had our mechanic check her out just yesterday. Try it again.

Woman: Uh. It sounds a little rough to me. [Well . . .] How much is this minivan anyway?

Car Salesman: Oh. It's a real bargain today and tomorrow only at $15,775, plus you get the extended warranty covering defects, wear, and tear beyond the normal maintenance on the vehicle for an extra $500 for the next 30,000 miles. [Oh . . .] with a few minor exclusions.

Woman: Like . . . ?

Car Salesman: Well, I mean, it covers everything except for the battery, and light bulbs, and brake drums, exhaust system, trim and moldings, upholstery and carpet, paint, tires . . . Well, a short list, you know.

Woman: Uh. Well, almost $16,000 is a little out of my price range, plus the seats covers are torn a little.

Car Salesman: Well, hey, I might be able to talk the manager into lowering the price another two hundred dollars, but that's about all.

Woman: No thanks. I think I'll just keep looking.


Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • mileage (noun): the distance traveled in miles equal to 1.6 kilometres
    - This car gets great gas mileage in the city.

  • tap (verb): to hit lightly and often repeatedly
    - I tapped on the door, but no one answered.

  • extended (verbal adjective): lengthy, extensive
    - He has driven his car for an extended period of time without any problems.

  • warranty (noun): guarantee
    - There is a limited guarantee on parts and labor in case the car breaks down.

  • defects (noun): flaws, mistakes, faults
    - The company decided to recall the car because defects were discovered in the engine's cooling system.

  • upholstery (noun): a covering often used on furniture or car seats
    - The upholstery on these seats needs to be replaced.


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