American English Conversation: Lesson 53

DIRECTIONS: Read the dialogues below in English, then translate them and read them in your primary language (if needed). You’re encouraged to read these dialogues with your teacher, tutor, colleagues, family, and friends to practice and improve your American English even further.

Topic: Buying a Car

Dialogue 1

Ben: Hi there, I want to buy a car today. What do you have available?

Sam: Great! We have a wide range of automobiles to choose from. Is there anything specific you’re looking for?

Ben: Well, I’m not sure. I’ve heard good things about electric cars. Do you have any of those?

Sam: Yes, we do. This is our newest model. It’s fully electric and comes with all the latest features.

Ben: That looks nice. How much does it cost?

Sam: This one starts at $35,000.

Ben: Hmm…that’s a bit pricey for me. Do you have anything more affordable?

Sam: Sure thing. We also have this used car over here. It’s reliable and perfect if you’re on a budget.

Ben: OK, let’s take a look at that. Can I test-drive it?

Sam: Of course. Let me get the keys and some paperwork ready for you. While I do so, could you fill out this form? It has some questions about your driving history and credit score.

Ben: No problem.

[After filling out the form]

Sam: All set. Here are the keys. Take as long as you like. Just be careful and return soon because someone else also wants to test-drive.

Ben: Thanks! [drives away]

[An hour later]

Ben: All right, Sam. I love the car. What’s the next step for buying?

Sam: Great to hear that, Ben. We can start the paperwork here if you want to purchase this automobile.

Dialogue 2

James: Hey, Mike. I heard you’re looking for a new car.

Mike: Yeah, I’m thinking about it. I need something reliable and not too expensive.

James: I just bought a used automobile that’s been great so far. Have you thought about buying used?

Mike: Not really. I was considering buying one brand new.

James: Well, keep in mind that the price of a new car depreciates very quickly as soon as you drive off the lot.

Mike: Good point. How do I know if a used car is reliable, though?

James: You can research online to see which models are known for their reliability. And when you go to look at a specific car, ask for its service records and have a mechanic give it a thorough inspection.

Mike: That’s smart. What kind of car did you get?

James: A Toyota Camry. It has excellent reviews for both reliability and affordability.

Mike: That sounds good. What was the buying process like?

James: I went through a dealership, but there are also private sellers you can buy from. Just make sure you haggle on the price, and don’t be afraid to walk away if it doesn’t feel right.

Mike: Okay, thanks for the advice. I’ll start doing some research tonight.

James: No problem. Let me know if you need any help.

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