General Listening Quiz

“Car Rental”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate budget car rentals two men 3:22

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are your major considerations when deciding on renting a specific car? How careful do you look for budget car rentals?


catch one’s eye” = attract one’s attention
She was planning on renting a compact car, but a nice sports car caught her eye, and she left the parking lot with it.”

pay through the nose” = pay a great deal for something, sacrifice for
You’ll pay through the nose to rent a car during the holiday season.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Why did the man settle on renting the full-size car?

Customer: Well, I'm not so concerned about how it's equipped. I just want to make sure it is comfortable to drive. And what is the daily rate for that anyway?

The man was concerned that _____.

Customer: Yeah, right. I bet that car probably eats up gas, and now that were in the middle of the vacation season, gas stations are gouging consumers with astronomical prices.

How would you describe his rental car?

Customer: Do you mean that old lemon with the missing hubcap? Ahhh.

The car protection plan will not cover the vehicle if ______.

However, it won't cover loss of property due to theft. Too much crime in the area anyway. [What? Wh . . . What about this crime? What, what?]. Don't worry about it.

In closing, we can infer that ______.

Rental Car Agent: Well, in case it does break down on some out-of-the-way, deserted road, just call the toll-free number for assistance. They'll come to assist you within . . . two business days. [Two business days!!!] Enjoy your trip.

B. Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

What factors are important to you when renting a car or other vehicle? Rank these items in order of importance and then discuss your ideas with a partner.

Online Investigation

Imagine that you want to rent an economy car for three days during a trip to California. You don’t need car insurance, but you need a car that has unlimited miles. Search for two or three car rental agencies and compare them to see which company will give you the best deal. Consider cost, car features, and mileage as part of your research. Discuss your findings with a partner.