She paid $650 dollars for a car worth about $500. Doesn't sound like very good decision making on the owners part. At this age a car is a money pit. She should of taken the government up on their cash for clunkers deal. I believe you need to leave the poor mechanic alone and go out car shopping. My '89 Corsica blew a head gasket and it cost that much in 2001 to repair. So, it sounds to me that you were given a fair deal. The car isn't going to run like it use to, for God's sake it's lasted longer than the average car is expected to last.
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