Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: W211 E320 Bluetec R129 SL500 - $1300 car ........ Ford F350 6l
Location: CA Bay Area
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For buying long distance not much can beat Mercedes.
I bought several of them as far as 3000 miles from home and never been disappointed.
Owners generally take good care about them and even if the last owner gives up on the maintenance -the cars can take it.
That said there is always a chance of dishonest seller, so it is worth good checking before spending money on travel. I learned how to see small things on the pictures that others don't even notice. When you see something suspicious, ask seller a question or close up picture. The biggest issue is always engine and transmission. Ask the seller to do 0-60 acceleration test and compare the time to factory data. That can tell a lot about engine performance.
Than you can send the seller about $150 to take the car to a dealer for inspection.