ESL Buying a Car Vocabulary

Blue Book Value
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Kelley Blue book is a web site that lists the going value of used cars. When people want to know on average how much people are paying for a certain car they go here..

“He wants to sell me that Honda for $20,000. The Blue Book Value for that exact car is $15,000. He’s crazy!.”

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Hybrid
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A car that is powered by a regular engine and an electric system that is rechargeable. The idea is to save the driver money on gas since the engine is not working as hard.

“A lot of Hollywood stars drive hybrids to show their support for environmental causes.”

Sedan
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A car that has a front row of seats and a back row of seats. It fits at least four people.

“If you want kids you’ll want a sedan. Getting a baby into a sports car is miserable.”

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Coupe
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A car with only two seats. These are usually considered sports cars.

“If you buy the coupe you won’t have room for anything.”

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SUV
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A car that has similar qualities to a truck. They usually have four wheel drive and have a lot of space for passengers. The letters stand for “Sports Utility Vehicle.

“I’d like an SUV so I can cart my family around but still be able to drive around my grandpa’s farm.”

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Pickup Truck
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A truck that has an open aired storage space or bed in the back section. Many of these have just two seats in the front. People buy pickups so they can haul heavy large things around.

“If you have a pickup we can take these couches to Larry’s place.”

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Car Dealer or Dealership
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A store that buys cars directly from a certain manufacturer and sells them to customers at a higher price. This is where most people buy new cars. The car manufacturers don’t sell directly to consumers.

“I spent three hours at the dealership trying to decide on the best car.”

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Sticker Price
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The price that the manufacturer suggests the car dealer sell the car for. This price is almost always higher than what people actually pay.

“The sticker price of this Toyota Camry is $25,000, but I’ll probably end up paying $22,000.”

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Extended Warranty
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A contract between the buyer and the seller that guarantees free maintenance for the car on specific issues for a set amount of time.

“If they offer you the extended warranty I would buy the car at that price. At least you know that the car won’t break down on you the first year.”

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Bumper to Bumper
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A warranty that covers the whole car for a set amount of time.

“Another reason to go with a Honda is the bumper to bumper warranty.”

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Recall
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When the car manufacture realizes that there is a mechanical defect with a certain model of their cars and has to inform all owners. Usually the car owner gets a letter in the mail and is able to bring his car in to get fixed without charge.

“Ford always seems to have a bunch of recalls on their trucks. I wonder what the problem is.”

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Factory to Dealer Incentives
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A discount that the car manufacturer offers to the dealer to increase sales.

“Try to buy a car when there are factory to dealer incentives. That is when you can really save money.”

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Car Lot
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The area outside of the car dealership where all of the cars available are parked and shown.

“Take a look around the lot and tell me which car you like.”

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