How to Rent a Car

 
 
Wann muss man ein Auto mieten? Da fällt mir so einiges ein! Wenn dein eigenes Auto kaputt ist und repariert werden muss, brauchst du vielleicht ein anderes Auto für ein paar Tage. Oder wenn du im Urlaub bist, musst du vielleicht eins mieten. Diese Einheit wird dich für diese Szenarien bereit machen. Du wirst wissen, was du erwarten musst und was du brauchst, und du wirst alle nötigen Vokabeln lernen!

Take a look at the table below! Make yourself familiar with the phrases for renting a car. Some of them will be used in a video later on.

 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
Saying what you want:
 
I'd like to rent a car for several weeks.
 
Hello, I would like to rent a car for this afternoon.
 
I would like to rent a car for two hours.
 
Things they might ask you:
 
Do you have a reservation?
 
Have you been our customer before?
 
Is this your first time with us?
 
What car do you need?
 
I don't need much room.
 
I would like to have a fast car.
 
I need a big car for my whole family.
 
Asking for the price:
 
How much does it cost?
 
How much is it?
 
What will that cost me?
 
Asking for the cheapest offer:
 
Do you have a special offer?
 
What deal would you recommend for me?
 
I would like to go for the cheapest option!
 
 

Now watch the video! Do you recognise some of the phrases?

 

The two men were not quite finished yet! See how the dialogue might continue! Can you match the questions and answers?

 
 
  • Okay, how much does it cost?
     
  • Alright, do I have to sign anything?
     
  • How does an unlimited plan work?
     
  • You can have an unlimited plan for 50 Pounds.
     
  • You can drive as much as you want for the whole weekend.
     
  • Well, this is the contract, you have to put down your name and address here and your signature here.
     
 
 
 
 

Take a look at this list of important vocabulary! Try to memorise it!

 

Word List:

    • rent(verb)
    • Definition:
      • to obtain or have temporary possession of an object (e.g. a movie) in exchange for money
    • Example:
      • The house rents for five hundred dollars a month.
    • several(miscellaneous)
    • Definition:
      • a number of different; various
    • Example:
      • I brought several different papers.
    • reservation(noun)
    • Definition:
      • the act of reserving, withholding or keeping back
    • Example:
      • I made a reservation for Thursday night.
    • available(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • such as one may avail one’s self of; capable of being used for the accomplishment of a purpose
    • Example:
      • We have an available candidate.
    • mid-sized(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • of medium size, not particularly large or small
    • Example:
      • Would you like a small, mid-sized or large car?
    • compact(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • closely packed, i.e. packing much in a small space
    • Example:
      • The teacher went through a compact revision of all the learning material.
    • fuel(noun)
    • Definition:
      • substance consumed to provide energy through combustion, or through chemical or nuclear reaction
    • Example:
      • Money is the fuel for economy.
    • economy(noun)
    • Definition:
      • effective management of the resources of a community or system
    • Example:
      • This country has a well functioning ecomony.
    • safety(noun)
    • Definition:
      • the condition or feeling of being safe; security; certainty
    • Example:
      • If you push it to the limit, safety is not guaranteed.
    • unlimited(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • limitless or without bounds; unrestricted
    • Example:
      • Unlimited text messages in this contract!
    • flat rate(noun)
    • Definition:
      • an amount of money paid by everyone or every user of something
    • Example:
      • Customers are expected to pay a flat rate of £15 monthly.
    • to drop off(phrasal verb)
    • Definition:
      • to deliver; to deposit or leave
    • Example:
      • Can you drop the kids off at school?
    • gas(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a flammable gaseous hydrocarbon or hydrocarbon mixture (typically predominantly methane) used as a fuel, e.g. for cooking, heating, electricity generation or as a fuel in internal combustion engines in vehicles
    • Example:
      • Gas-fired power stations have largely replaced coal-burning ones
    • tank(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a closed container for liquids or gases
    • Example:
      • Can you make sure that the car has a full tank?
    • sign(verb)
    • Definition:
      • to write one's signature on (a document), thus showing authorship
    • Example:
      • I forgot to sign that letter to my aunt.
 

Now test yourself with the a game of memo!

 
 
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to drop off
to deliver; to deposit or leave
several
a number of different; various
available
such as one may avail one’s self of; capable of being used for the accomplishment of a purpose
fuel
substance consumed to provide energy through combustion, or through chemical or nuclear reaction
mid-sized
of medium size, not particularly large or small
compact
closely packed, i.e. packing much in a small space
tank
a closed container for liquids or gases
gas
a flammable gaseous hydrocarbon or hydrocarbon mixture (typically predominantly methane) used as a fuel, e.g. for cooking, heating, electricity generation or as a fuel in internal combustion engines in vehicles
sign
to write one's signature on (a document), thus showing authorship
unlimited
limitless or without bounds; unrestricted
economy
effective management of the resources of a community or system
reservation
the act of reserving, withholding or keeping back
flat rate
an amount of money paid by everyone or every user of something
rent
to obtain or have temporary possession of an object (e.g. a movie) in exchange for money
safety
the condition or feeling of being safe; security; certainty
 
 
 

Now watch the last video. It is pretty long, but not too difficult. Listen closely!

 

Can you answer the questions below? If you are not sure, to find out!

 
  •  
    • How long does the customer need the car?
       
      • 3 weeks
         
      • 4 days
         
      • 3 days
         
       
     
     
  •  
    • What kind of cars does the shop offer?
       
      • Sedans, lorries, vans…
         
      • Sedans, trucks, vans…
         
      • Trucks, vans, motorcycles…
         
       
     
     
  •  
    • Why does the customer have to rent a car?
       
      • He wants to buy a car but he wants to test it first and so he only rents it.
         
      • He has bought a car but it is still in the shop.
         
      • His other car is in the garage right now because it's broken.
         
       
     
     
  •  
    • What colours are there to choose from?
       
      • white, red, silver, navy blue
         
      • black, silver, red, navy blue
         
      • black, silver, blue, red
         
       
     
     
  •  
    • When does he have to bring the car back?
       
      • By noon on the 3rd day.
         
      • By morning of the 3rd day.
         
      • By noon of the 4th day.
         
       
     
     
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