Two types of people when it comes to almost everything, be it cars, houses, boats, etc. One side of the coin are the people that want function first. Doesn't matter what it looks like, as long as it's sound, and reliable, and safe. The other side, is the complete opposite. They want it to look as great as it can, even if it's stuck on the side of the road more often than not, or have the nice house on the outside - with peeling wallpaper and trash inside it.
Of course there are bits in the middle too, but I've seen both avenues. I try to keep up the appearance within reason, but never at expense of mechanical soundness. Does me no good if I can't go anywhere. Takes a long time and effort (money) to get the best of both, but it all depends on the person. Apparently that mechanic
has seen too many of the one type in his dealings.