236. Mario's First Car
When Mario was 19 years old, he bought
first car. It was a brand-new 1985 Toyota
. He was on top of the world! It
beautiful, and was really fast and fun to
. Living in Southern California without a car is
a good idea. The region is so spread
that it could take hours getting from one
of town to another if you use public
. You are not anyone in Los Angeles if
don't have a car, or at least that
what some people say.
Before that, Mario had
owned or bought a car in his life.
father warned him about the sales people. "Don't
pay the asking price, son," he said. Mario
at him with disbelief. "What do you take
for, dad? I am not an idiot. I
not to pay the first offer," he screamed
. His dad offered to go with him to
car dealer, but Mario wanted to go alone.
was his money and his car, and he
determined to do this alone.
When Mario got
the car dealer, a nice man came up
him and asked if he wanted to take
car he was looking at for a test
. Mario said, "Yes, of course." So they went
a drive. Mario fell in love with the
and the salesman knew immediately that he was
to make some money. It turns out that
should never let a salesman know you're interested
anything you want to purchase. Mario didn't know
to negotiate and wound up paying too much
the car. He really didn't care, though. He
his first car. When he told his dad
he paid for it, he thought his dad
going to be mad, but he just said, "
's okay, son. That same dealer ripped me off
I bought my first car, too."