The compressor on the air conditioner in Joe's car was out. The estimate was $825.
He could have lived without it. For many years lots of people did live without A/C.
But I said "Go ahead". It's not because I want to spoil my son. It's because this car is HIS. And I wnat him to love it, value it, and take care of it. If it has a major issue right away, he will never get there. If we get the air running, he will hopefully love the car, and take care of it and maintain it. If he gets in that habit right now, he will keep that habit throughout his life.