>Actually, right now it's more likely that I won't buy the car, but there are still some factors we're checking to bring the final conclusion.
I'm unclear on why you are not just considering a flip?
Should be a solid $5k in net profit, likely +$10K.
I agree you are in well over your head on bringing the car into service. But the barriers are low for a flip...
Because additional 5k or even 10k won't allow me to buy a good used one, or another one (at least here) at all. Which was my primary wish, to own one, not to profit off one.