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20 Nov 2018
Complete the table.
Write ONE WORD OR A NUMBER for each answer.
No. of cylinders:
No. of doors:
Price agreed ($):
Note: “sort” and “model” are interchangeable in this case.
Choose THREE answers from the list, and write the correct letter, A-G, next to the questions.
Which THREE features does the owner say make his car worth buying?
You will hear a student phoning to enquire about a car for sale.
Francis Hello. Can I speak to... ah... the advert doesn’t give a name.
Bob Well, the name is Bob, and I guess this call is about the car I’m selling, right?
Francis Yes. My name’s Francis, and I’m definitely interested.
Bob You’ll like my car then. Clean, neat, nice.
Francis What sort is it?
Bob Oh, the original model was called an Echo - you know, like the echo a sound can make, but then they changed the name to ‘ Yaris’ just before I bought it. Yaris I don’t know why. I liked the old name, and it’s the same car, but that’s what it’s called.
Francis So, what’s the colour? The ad says it’s cream-coloured. Like cream then?
Bob Yeah, well, it’s more of a yellow colour, actually.
Francis Not cream?
Bob No. I don’t know why I said that. It’s like a canary, and small like one, too.
Francis So what about the power? How many cylinders does it have? Four or six? My brother has a six-cylinder car, and says it’s very powerful.
Bob Well, this one’s four only , but I find it fine for city driving. As long as you don’t intend to drive this car interstate, or across the country, it does the job fine.
Francis That’s okay. I just want the car basically for commuting to work, and maybe some weekend trips. Is it two-door, or four-door? I suppose it’s not four-door. The car’s too small for that, right?
Bob Right! Just two doors, as you say. The front seat bends forward to allow entry into the rear.
Francis That’s fine by me. This car is just for my girlfriend and I, anyway. Ah, what about accessories? Radio, CD player, anything else? Does it have an air conditioner?
Bob Well, no, it doesn’t, but I don’t find that a problem. I just open the window. I mean, if you really want, you can pay to have an AC installed. Basically, the only additional feature this car has is a radio, but it’s still a great deal.
Francis That depends on the price. You say you want $12,800, right?
Bob Yep. About that.
Francis Well, obviously you expect the price to be reduced to an even figure, right?
Bob Well, I don’t know...
Bob $12,500 maybe.
Francis If you can lower it a bit, I’ll come and have a look, okay?
Bob Okay, okay, let’s say $12,400. But I won’t lower it any more than that, certainly not to
Francis Well, if I can get that better price, I may come over this afternoon. But what year is this car? Flow old is it? My brother’s got a 12-year-old car, and it’s showing problems.
Bob Well, my car was brand-new, only three years ago, but it still looks like it’s only been one year on the road.
Francis Okay, that sounds good.
Francis Can I just ask a few more general questions about this car you’re selling? [Sure.] Can you just tell me why you think it’s such a good deal? Of course, I won’t necessarily believe you, but just tell me what you think.
Bob You can believe me. I honestly think this is a nice car, well worth buying at the price I’m asking.
Francis How much rego... registration does it have left?
Bob Oh, ah, to be honest, not so much, but I think having lots of registration is irrelevant. It’s the car you’re paying for - the quality and advantages of the engine itself.
Francis Well, what about that, then?
Bob Okay, many people like to accelerate down the freeways, right? There are a lot of speed demons out there who think quickness is all that matters, but basically people are mostly trapped in city traffic, so one of the things I like is that, because this car is small, you can put it anywhere. Say you’re in the city, wanting to duck into a shop. Well, you can fit this car in any little space while you go shopping or do other things, and that saves you a lot of time.
Francis Yeah, but it’s not that powerful, right?
Bob Oh sure, the feel of a smoothly purring six-cylinder engine attracts many people, but I compare my car to those small football players, with the tight turning circles - those who can run rings around the larger players. This car is like that. It can turn this way and that way, dodge here, duck in there, sneak around corners, squeeze ahead, and grab a position. That’s also very useful when travelling in city traffic.
Francis Okay, I’ll think about it.
Bob Sure, think about it, but all these advantages are sound, and appeal to other buyers as well. No one holds the same car forever, so you can say exactly the same things that I just said when yon want to sell the car. That will make it very easy for you to pass this car onto the next buyer.
Francis Yeah. Maybe you’re right.