ok, i got to chime in here; the thing that i have tried to stick to is to know that the person who i am helping is truly grateful and appreciative of my help - cars, manual labor, whatever. if the person i am helping is grateful and appreciative of the fact that you are taking your precious time (not to mention experience, tools, equipment, fill in the blank) to help their poor soul, then it goes a very long way with me. I have realized that the people that are this way will be willing to help you in turn. I have a small group of people that i will drop anything and come running if they call. I also have a group of people that has life long 'friends' in it that i will be leery of getting in too deep with them as some of those are the ones that have burned me the most. I believe in helping out a person when they need it. I grew up dumb and dirt poor and have had many a hand help me, i make sure that they know what it means to me. This line of thinking ties hand in hand with who do you loan your trailer, truck or tools out to? I bet it is the same list isn't it. My best friend burned me so bad with the way he handled damaging my trailer that it ended our friendship. This guy used me and my good nature and it really bothered me for a long time, hard to get over. I know this thread has went to 5 pages pretty quick, i'd like to know what the OP is doing now. I think that i would mention it to the user and also get just busy enough that you can't stay to help, just advise and i would bet if the user is like he is played out to be, the car will get sold in a few weeks.