Jerry's car is broken and he takes it to a new mechanic. The new mechanic gives an estimate that Jerry believes is too high. George says, "Of course they're trying to screw you—that's what they do. It's because you don't know anything about what's going on under there!" George also says that Putty, Jerry's regular mechanic, wouldn't try to screw him. Reputation for honesty can overcome moral hazard problems.
Jerry's car is stolen, so he rents a car. The rental company doesn't give him the car he reserved; he gets a small economy car. They ask if he wants insurance, and he replies, "Yes, because I'm going to beat the hell out of this car."
While Jerry and Elaine are at a restaurant, a valet parking attendant with body odor leaves Jerry's car with a lingering smell. The external costs are large: the smell attaches itself to Jerry and Elaine, who have to resort to costly measures to cleanse themselves. Jerry attempts to recoup some of the damage by cleverly bargaining with the restaurant owner to cover the cost of cleaning the car. In the end, the cleaning is not enough, and Jerry leaves the car and keys in plain sight hoping it will be stolen, in which case the insurance company will bear the loss.