Daily Life - Renting A Car(0138)

Man:  Hi, I made a reservation for a mid-size vehicle. The name is Jimmy Fox.
Agent:  I'm sorry, we have no mid-size available at the moment.
Man:  I don't understand, I made a reservation, do you have my reservation?
Agent:  Yes, we do, unfortunately we ran out of cars.
Man:  But the reservation keeps the car here. That's why you have the reservation.
Agent:  I know why we have reservations.
Man:  I don't think you do. If you did, I'd have a car. See, you know how to take the reservation, you just don't know how to hold the reservation and that's really the most important part of the reservation, the holding. Anybody can just take them.
Agent:  But we do have a compact or an SUV if you'd like.
Man:  Fine. I'll take the compact.
Agent:  Alright. We have a blue Ford Focus for you Mr. Fox. Would you like insurance?
Man:  Yeah, you better give me the insurance, because I am gonna beat the hell out of this car.

Key Vocabulary

make a reservationphraseto make an arrangement to hold something for later
have nophraseto not have any
run outphraseto have no more
you betterphraseyou should
beat the hell out ofphraseto purposefully abuse something
mid-size vehiclephrasea medium sized car
at the momentphraseat the present time
compactcommon noun, plurala small car
SUVsport utility vehicle
insurancecommon noun, non-variableprotection from costs of accidental damage

Supplementary Vocabulary

rental agreementphrasecontract signed with details of car rental
daily ratephrasethe amount of money to be paid per day the car is rented
bookverbto make arrangements for later
coveragecommon noun, non-variablethe protection that is offered by an insurance policy
leave a depositphraseto leave money when you rent a car and that you get back if you return the car in good condition