nothing is for sure. you could pay more and get a better looking car with more hidden problems.
the tape thing and the mismatched tires are a turnoff for me. my gut tells me that he added up all the repair cost and found it was more than the value of the car.
probably a good idea to keep looking.
Diesel loving autocrossing grandpa Architect. 82 240d, 83 300TD with five speed, 03 Dodge 3/4 ton with cummins six speed; I have had about 33 benzes. I am building a 39 Studebaker Coupe Express pickup street rod at the moment in which I plan to install a 617 and a five speed manual.
....or a 64 stude v8.