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My response was:

$1900, wow. For that you could probably get the belt fixed. Stay safe!

which is not to say $1900 is out of line (even though she thinks it is). It may be a perfectly fair price for the job done, but I don't see that it makes sense as far as its value to her. Checking craigslist, I think I found the car she's considering, and it appears only marginally better than what she has now regarding features, and potentially worse regarding condition. If it were a real upgrade, that'd be different, but paying even a few hundred to swap one set of problems for another isn't progress.

Haven't heard back. I'm guessing (hoping) she changes her mind about this purchase. Will update when I know more.

Thanks again,
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