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"hit the road" = leave or depart from a specific place

"Okay. It's time to hit the road. Everyone get in the car."

"drive at something" = What do you mean or imply?

"Hey, what are you driving at? Are you trying to say that I'm a bad driver?"

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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]

Used Cars
A Great Car Deal
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises
4. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
difficultused carsconversationman - woman02:08

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What points should you consider when looking for a used car? Rank these points in order of importance and discuss them. Do you have any concerns or worries about buying a secondhand car (used car)?

HELPFUL TIP: Consider taking a used car to an independent mechanic for a complete check before you buy it. You can discover potential problems before you buy it.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. How old is the minivan the woman is looking at?
A. three years old
B. five years old
C. seven years old

2. What is the vehicle's mileage?
A. 55,000 miles
B. 65,000 miles
C. 75,000 miles

3. What is the problem with the minivan's door?
A. It has several scratches in it.
B. It will not open properly.
C. It is missing the door handle.

4. What is one thing the extended warranty would NOT cover on the vehicle according to the conversation?
A. a faulty oil pump
B. a malfunctioning gauge
C. a worn out brake drum

5. If the manager lowered the price as the salesman suggests, what would the final price be?
A. $15,475
B. $15,575
C. $15,675

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Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script. Do the Text Completion Quiz.

3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Imagine you want to buy a used car. Would you want to work with the used car salesperson in this conversation? Why or why not? What is your image of the ideal car salesperson?

4. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

Using search engines, find a review for a particular car you would like to buy. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the make and model. What is the car's reliability? What is the difference in the new and used car price? Discuss your findings with another student.

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