My experience was a little different
This is not anything new. But you have to set eyes on the car. I would not even rely on a relative or person I did not know.
My experience was with a 1964 convert non tri power car. I knew it was rare and just had to bite the bullet drive down and look at it. In my case it was only about 1200 miles away. I had the lady take some pictures of a few key spots I knew there to be likely issues and they looked ok. The PHS came back solid and they guy did it for me literally over the phone and mailed it out to me the next week. I had to call him back on Monday and give him the info again. So I left on Friday night and drove to a U haul to buy a hitch and then drove non stop with red bull, and beef jerky in hand. Got there the car checked out and was not mis advertised it was a fair deal. Gave her a deposit and left to get a 1 way uhaul trailer. went back put the car on a trailer and pulled into a rest stop to sleep for 4 hours.
Dealing with the 1964 year they are so rare, that when they pop up you kinda have to take a chance. But my car was in need of total restoration, so a scratch or dent did not bother me.
But for you guys wanting turn key spend the money and buy a ticket go out and look at it or fill your tank up and take a road trip. You will save yourself some time and money in the long run. And don't look at it at night. These things are getting harder and harder to find and for the dough some of us are shelling out, it is worth the trip.
And for high dollar cars do not hesitate to ask for a ton of pictures and videos. If the car is as it is being advert it is no big deal for a seller to take a couple of pictures , It is not like the old days where we had to scan a picture, Everyone has a camera on the phone. And if the guy or gal doesn't... Email me I will drop ship an old flip phone and charger to your seller.