Nice looking Trooper. I wouldn't regret what you paid. Some may think it's absurd, but paint and interior work is quite expensive and since you can do most of the mechanical work yourself, you'll be better off. I only paid $700 for mine, but as of right now, I've got over $3,000 invested in it and the interior is in decent shape but not perfect and the paint is shot. However, I plan on using it off-road and wouldn't want to scratch a good paint job.