So, what have we learned??
Most of us joined this forum for the love of cars - and most of us would not intentionally set out to take advantage of or burden a fellow enthusiast - however, evidently, some of us (maybe most?) have had a bad experience or two - this appears to make many of us hyper-sensitive to what is said - or in this case, what is not said.
I'm pretty sure we all would prefer to look at any potential purchase in person. I'm also pretty sure most of us understand the phrase "penny-wise but pound foolish." Some of us find it easy to ask for help while some of us struggle to reach out for any sort of help. I know an enthusiast whose spouse has a medical condition that makes it a challenge to go across town to get parts from the auto store, let alone travel more than an hour to check out a vehicle in person. And this enthusiast would never admit, let alone post, the details of the reason for the request, as it might appear to be a manipulative ploy. So, without a private follow-up exchange its gonna be really hard to know whether or not you want to help. [A public follow-up unfortunately just draws out more banter - lol]
Not wanting to end this post on a somber note... when I was a teen with meager funds to acquire my first car, my dad spoke to my uncle (a 'car guy'), a used car salesman three hours away in Chicago - and he said I have the perfect car for him - drive on over. When we arrived, there it sat, the back windshield had leaked water for a long time, trashing the interior and causing a bad smell. Plus, the car had been backed into some object, opening the fender like a can opener. My dad was livid. My uncle said, listen to the engine, it runs like new, the whole drivetrain is excellent, this other stuff can be fixed. You should have seen my dad's face when I told my uncle I would take it - for $250. I got it home and proceeded to look for a parts car. In two weeks, I located the perfect car and got all the parts and the full interior for $100. Of course, there was a lot of sweat-equity - but I ended up with a mechanically excellent car and learned a tremendous amount about body work and cosmetic restoration. My dad was angry with his brother for a long time. I was very happy with how things turned out. So, did my uncle do the right thing?
Good luck with finding a good 'car guy'