Script: Bust a taillight
WE SEE A MAN (TOM) IN A LIVING ROOM, ON A COUCH FACING THE CAMERA
We’ve all got that one friend with the terrible car, right? The old one that keeps chugging along like a reliable train despite being old and beat up? That’s my friend, Ricky.
Ricky enters the room
Hey, Tom! What are you talking about?
Oh, I’m just telling our friends here about that dinosaur you’ve been driving around.
That old hunk of junk? Yeah, it gets me from A to B pretty well.
If it drives so well, go pick me up some dinner, I’m starving!
You got it, boss.
Ricky’s old car may not be the fanciest on the block, but I can assure you of one thing, he can fix it. That's unlike my brand new 2023 "car." It's really more of a big waste of money than a vehicle, honestly. With the more advanced technology that has come with vehicles over the last few years, the more we've seen an increase in the price to fix them. Let me show you what I mean.
SHOT OUTSIDE WITH TOM IN FRONT OF AN OLDER CAR AND A NEWER CAR, HOLDING A BASEBALL BAT.
As you can see here on my left...
Tom motions to the older car
We have an innocent, unassuming 19XX XXXXX. A solid car for its time, no doubt. And on my right...
Tom motions to the new car.
We have a new 20XX XXXXXX. Nothing too fancy, but a solid car from the past couple of years.
Tom swings the bat and knocks out the headlight from the newer car, pauses, and then does the same to the newer car.
I've smashed both of these headlights... well, I guess I don't need to tell you that, you saw it. But here's the funny thing. Ricky won't be as mad as my wife.
Ricky enters, eating some food
WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! YOU SMASHED MY HEADLIGHT.
Tom looks to the camera
If he's this mad, imagine how mad my wife is going to be.
Tom motions with the bat for Ricky to go back inside
Just go inside while I finish up here, Ricky.
Ricky puts his hands up and goes inside.
I bet you'd be surprised if I told you that Ricky's vehicle trouble could be solved for under 15 EUR. That's right. A simple bulb and lense replacement and Ricky could be cruising back to the store in no time. My wife's car, on the other hand? Well, we're looking at at least 450 EUR, and that's not even accounting for the 150 EUR for testing and repair. If that seems insane, you're not alone. All over the world, folks are experiencing an increased cost for the repairs of vehicles without the simplicity of the cars of years past. In the days of old, one would be able to travel down to the local auto parts store, grab a replacement part, and fix their vehicle themselves. That's not the case any longer, the key fobs, lights, instruments, sensors, and just about everything that makes a modern vehicle function is exponentially more expensive and exponentially less accessible for consumer accessibility. In this world of wanton price increases, we want to hear your story. Is there a time a simple vehicle repair on a single vehicle item nearly broke your bank account? If so, reach out to us to tell us your story! As for me?
Tom holds the bat back up
I've got work to do.
Tom walks up to the back of Ricky’s car.
When are you returning my lawn mower, Ricky?!
Tom swings the bat at Ricky’s taillight and the camera cuts just as he makes contact.