Patience usually pays off when looking for a toy. Use time as a tool to wait and find the right car.
I personally wouldn't buy a car outside of the area where I can go and see it. Even an honest person gets used to noises and issues that may be something for you to be concerned about. Then there's the dishonest sellers.
I've been bitten by buying a car remotely. Even with an inspection and full set of pictures, issues can be missed or things can go missing between the time pictures were taken and the time that the car gets into your driveway.
Very true, for me I flew over to AZ and gave it a very thorough inspection. In addition to checking the actual car out, I kind of used the exposure we had to each other as an "inspection" of the seller's character also. It's really your call and how much of a risk you'd want to take. Whether it's even worth the risk, for my situation, it was.
Like me73 mentioned, the risk of something happening intentionally or inadvertently between the time from when you saw it to the time it rolls onto your driveway is huge. So make sure you trust the person and take precautions like taking an inordinate amount of pictures of every little detail. Honestly nothing can be done if it arrives busted, but to me, it's more of an open gesture to the owner/seller that you're cataloging everything and if anything arrives different, you'll notice it. Show them you're not playing around and that you are very meticulous.
Another risk/given disadvantage is your bargaining power. If you flew out, they know you wouldn't want to leave empty handed. I only got my seller down $500 from her asking. Luckily, the asking was ridiculously low to begin with.
You know, the more I type, the more I'm grateful that it worked out. A lot of stuff could have gone awry. But it was definitely worth it and I'd probably do it again for my next car if the situation arises again. I saved almost $10k from what I would have paid locally (even within the state).