Let's see . . . parts . . . labor . . . and, oh yeah, there's the towing . . .
I had hoped to be on my way to San Francisco by now; God, this feels like a bad dream...
Yeah, where's a dream catcher when you need one?
Well, we have two problems: first, I need your OK on this before I can go ahead with the work . . . Sign right here . . . And, second, I have the fuel pump, I think . . . Excuse me . . .
Calm down . . .
Got it right here. But I don't have the right gasket. I'll have to send out for one.
Send out! Where?
Well, I usually get my parts from a place in Mason, but . . .
How long will that take?
I was about to say . . . but it'll take at least a day or two, and that's if they have what I need.
And what'll the whole thing cost?
Well, lemme check the price of the gasket . . . Let me see . . . around five hundred and twenty dollars . . .
And I noticed there's a problem with the steering . . . tie rods, I'm afraid.
Well, is it something that can wait? I mean, can I, can I wait till I get to San Francisco?
You shouldn't take a chance with your steering.
And how much will that cost?
Off the top of my head . . . another two hundred fifty to three hundred.
I need to think about this.
You want my advice? . . . Let him fix it.
I need to think about this. Give me a few minutes.
How long will it take your girlfriend to make up her mind?
She's, she's not my girlfriend. She's just a friend, and I'm sure she'll make a decision quickly.
So, what do you wanna do?
I don't have eight hundred dollars to spend on that car. I have to sell it. Is there any chance that you would buy it from me?
Buy your car?
Yeah, how are you gonna get back to . . . ?
With the money, I can take a bus to San Francisco. It's not a bad car. I mean, my father paid a lot of money for that car a few weeks ago. I'm sure you could sell it for a decent price, after you fix it up.
Well, there isn't much demand for cars like that around here. People around here want mostly pickups.
I'm sure you could sell it to somebody. Do you wanna make me an offer?
Well . . . I suppose I could sell it for parts . . . I'll give you three hundred . . .
Three hundred! It's worth a thousand at least.
OK, how about four hundred?
It's yours for seven hundred.
Five is as high as I can go.
You know, it's worth a lot more than that. Come on.
OK, five-fifty. Lord knows, it's my good deed for the day.
Now . . . are there any buses to San Francisco around here?
Yup. Greyhound bus stops in Indio. Right down Route 10, about a half-hour from here. One bus a day, it leaves at two.
So . . . now, it s eleven o'clock.
Plenty of time to make the bus.
Do you mind driving me?
Course not. I'll have you there by two.
Thanks . . . I guess I should get all my things out of my car.
One last thing, title to the car. You have to sign it over to me. The name's Joe Steward. That's S-T-E-W-A-R-D.
Thank you. One-two-three-four-fifty-five, and fifty. Let's see here . . . Receipt . . .
Thanks for everything.
No problem. Here are your plates.
Yeah . . . thanks.
Here you go.
So . . . you ready to go?
I, I feel really embarrassed . . . You're driving me to my next destination. I, I feel like you've become my taxi driver . . .
If I were a taxi, you couldn't afford me.
I don't know how I can ever thank you . . .
Forget it! Listen, I was thinking . . . We're going to the same place . . . and I didn't think of this before .
I beg your pardon?
We're going to the same place, right?
Well, why don't we ride . . . together?
Oh-uh . . .
We'll drive straight through . . .
No, I, I appreciate the generous offer, but I don't think so. I think I'd better take a bus.
Come on! It makes perfectly good sense . . .
Alberto . . . I, I think I should take the bus.
But, you know, but why spend the money?
Right, the bus.