Car Salesman - skit
by Ron Kurtus (19 May 1971)
MAN: (on telephone, talking in a whining voice) It happened again
dear! Yes, it happened again - that doggone car just conked out
in the middle of the street. I'm so mad, I don't know what I'm doing.
What do you think I should do?
Well, I don't know. Maybe I'll
give it another chance. It's only conked out five times since I bought
it yesterday. Maybe it'll be ok.
(pause - he is listening to her talk
and nodding his head)
Yes. Uh huh.
Yes dear, I agree - it is a lemon. Yes. But I don't know - that seems
sort of harsh. Do you really think I should take the car back to the
lot, after all, it's only been five times since I bought it yesterday.
Yes, dear. I will. I'll tell him off. (voice gets stronger) I'll
tell him that he can't pull a fast one on me. Yes-sir-reel I'll tell
(Man walks from phone booth to other part of stage which is the used
car lot. Used car salesman is leaning against a car, reading the sports
MAN: (standing there for a while) Ahem. Ahem.
SALESMAN: (putting paper down) Sorry pal! Got so engrossed in the
race results, I didn’t hear you sneak up.
(Salesman is a rapid speaker, the high pressure type)
What are you wearing - sneakers. ha ha ha.
MAN: You're just the man I'm looking for.
SALESMAN: (not recognizing yesterdays customer) Well, you came to
the right place. Yes sir, Happy Harry's is always the happiest place
to buy your A-1 used car. We give you the tops in service at rock bottom
prices. Hap-py Harry here at your service, my fine man. What sort of
car are you interested in?
MAN: Well, you see... (meekly)
SALESMAN: Come right over here. I've got just the number you've been
looking for. A snappy convertible. Isn’t she a beauty?
MAN: Why, yes. But...
SALESMAN: Don't worry about the price. We'll let you have it for a
song. Look at that interior. Real imitation leather. And listen to
that engine. I'll bet you've never heard an engine that quiet.
MAN: I can't even hear it.
SALESMAN: And it even sounds better when it's running. Yes sir, this
one's a real honey. Owned by a man who had three cars. Can you imagine
- he had three cars. Almost had enough for his own lot. ha ha ha. Get
SALESMAN: So he only drove the car on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A real
low mileage beauty.
MAN: Why there's only eight miles on the speedometer.
SALESMAN: Yes, I took the car for a little ride this afternoon. Picked
up a couple of cuties at lunchtime.
(nudge, nudge, wink, wink)
MAN: (a little exasperated) Well, I didn’t really come here
SALESMAN: (interrupting) Oh, you're married. Well, don't let it get
you down. Been through that hassle a couple times myself. But you know...
(examining man carefully - up and down)
you know, you look like the executive type.
MAN: I do?
SALESMAN: (pleased that he hit the right spot) Yes, you do. You must
be some sort of big shot at work.
MAN: (embarrassed) Well, not really.
SALESMAN: And I've got just the car for you. An executive limousine.
Take a look at this beauty.
MAN: Yes, it's nice but...
SALESMAN: Get in and sit behind the wheel. Now doesn’t that
make you feel in the lap of luxury? By the way - what was your name?
MAN: Honestly, I'm not...
SALESMAN: Honestly. That's a nice name. Well Mr. Honestly, I'm going
to give you this car at a bargain price. I know a man of your stature
isn’t concerned about money, but I'll put this car on discount
just because I like your looks. And with a name like that you must
be an OK guy.
MAN: Just a minute! I want to talk about my car over there.
SALESMAN: Oh, you've got a car for a trade in? Where is it? I'll see
what I can do for you.
MAN: No, I want to talk about my car over there. (points)
SALESMAN: Oh, that job. Well, from the looks of it, it seems in pretty
bad shape. We don't usually handle junkers, but for you - the best
I can offer is $50.
MAN: $50! I paid $850 for it yesterday.
SALESMAN: That's how it goes with that model - fast depreciation.
MAN: (Finally getting angry) Listen you fast talking crook! I bought
that car from you yesterday for $850, and it has conked out on
me five times since then. I want my money back!
SALESMAN: Sure pal.
MAN: Don't try to tell me that you don't take cars back. I'll take
this to court! I'll sue! I'll sue! I’ll... (pause) Sure?
Sale: Sure, pal. (speaking softly) No sweat.
MAN: You mean you'll take it back?
MAN: And give me my money back?
SALESMAN: That's right.
MAN: All $850?
SALESMAN: You're absolutely right. $850.
MAN: Well I'm sorry I lost my temper.
SALESMAN: That's perfectly all right. I know how you executives are
constantly under tension. (building up again) And besides, I wouldn’t
want you to be driving that old clunker. Think of your image.
SALESMAN: Yes image. A man of your stature should be seen in only
the best automobiles. Now take this executive limousine. It is your
type of motor car. Now for only $850 down you can be riding (fade out)
in the lap of luxury...