Originally Posted by Drift Motion
talking to the seller, see how comfortable both of you are, sending a deposit and etc
yup. talk on the phone, for sure--you'll get a way better feel than simply exchanging emails / texts. Also, select a shop local to the seller (or even find a good knowledgeable forum member if you want to go that route) and pay for them to do a once over on the car at the very least before you waste your time / money going out there.