Car Owner : Uh, hi. Yes, I'm having a problem with my car, and it doesn't seem to run right. I mean every time I start it up, the engine runs for a minute or so, sputters like it isn't getting enough gas, and then dies.
Mechanic : Hmmm. Okay. Let's open the hood, and let's take a look . . . Okay, start her up.
[ Engine starting . . . ]
Car Owner : So, which one is it?
Mechanic : Uhh. Difficult to say. Let me try this . . . Uh, alright . . . You need to talk to the mechanic.
Car Owner : The mechanic! So, who are you?
Mechanic : Well, I'm the assistant, and I've only been here on the job for two days.
Car Owner : So, why didn't you tell me that in the first place? I mean, I wouldn't have wasted all this time!
Mechanic : You didn't ask.
Car Owner : Okay, so how much is it going to cost?
Mechanic : Ah. Difficult to say. [ That's what you said about the last thing! ] Are you a local or from out of town?
Car Owner : I'm just passing through, and this is the only place for miles. [ Yeah, that's right. ] Man, can't you see my license plate? [ Sure did! ]
Mechanic : Okay. The out-of-town rate. Let's see. Okay, here we go. If it's a fuel line, that'll be $100 . . . No, no, That's the local rate. Here, $200 for the pre-screening check, $150 for parts, plus or minus $100, and $75 an hour for labor. Oh, oh yeah. Today's a holiday, so labor is actually $50 more per hour.
Car Owner : Huh? Those prices are outrageous , and what holiday is it today?
Mechanic : Oh, it's the local pumpkin festival.
Mechanic : Ah, we'll take care of you. Just bring the car back on Tuesday so Mike, our mechanic, can take a look at it.
Car Owner : Why not today? It's only 11:00 a.m.!
Mechanic : Ahh, we close at 11:30 a.m. on holidays, and we're closed tomorrow and Sunday, and we're closed the following day as well.
Car Owner : I can't wait that long! I need my car repaired now.
Mechanic : Well, next week is the best we can do, but you can talk to Mike at the Pumpkin Festival.This town will grow on you. [ Ah, man! ]
Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations.