Part I: Listen and Read: Read along with the audio recording.
If you are looking for a car to drive, you can either buy a used vehicle (previously-owned car) or a new one. I suggest you buy a used car, but there are a few things you should keep in mind to get the best deal. First of all, be sure to shop around for the best used car, and you should visit a used car dealership that you can trust. Your friends might be able to tell you which places have good reputations. Next, be sure you know beforehand the prices of the types of cars you want to buy, so you don't end up spending more than a car is worth. Next, don't immediately accept the sticker price on the car. Of course, keep in mind that the car salesman is out to make a profit, so you can haggle over the price to make sure you are satisfied. Next, you might be able to trade in your old vehicle for some money to reduce the price on the car you want to buy. Finally, you might want to take the car to an independent mechanic to have a complete inspection to see if there are any problems with the vehicle. Better safe than sorry.
Part II: Discussion
What things do you consider when purchasing a new or used car? What are the advantages and disadvantages of buying a new car verses an old one?
Part III: Online Investigation
Buying cars through the Internet is becoming more popular, perhaps because people can preview cars without having to deal with sales people. Think of a car you would be interested in buying. Search the Internet using several Websites to find the best deal on your dream car. Be sure to include any fees you would have to pay to buy the car.
Online Listening Practice (from www.esl-lab.com):