I talked a customer out of spending $2000 and my boss was good with it. Couldn't take all that money from the guy for all his little piece of shit, 12 year old, Mazda 626 needed to get through inspection. Told him to get rid of it and use the money toward another car. Know what? He'll get another car and bring it to us regularly. We got another customer for life. If your mechanic isn't willing to give it to you straight, find another one.