... buying a car out of state (across the country, actually).
... Is it ok to trust the seller if you've had lots of communication?
Why would a west-coast guy want to go all the way across the country to buy a car ???
Is this a 1-of-? special or something?
Is the price fantastic ?
Is it the model your dad had ?
There has to be a reason ...
Most us west-coasters don't even think of the evils of the rust monsters that inhabit most older eastern dwelling vehicles - mof, we wouldn't even have a clue where to look some of the time
If it's a vehicle you just can't pass-up, then arrange to have one of the team members inspect it first if it can be arranged for a small fee, and/or arrange to meet-up with them to go with you to see it, so they can give a independent review of it's condition.
There are also professionals that will do this for a minor fee, when compared to the cost of a collector car, and issue a full report to you an condition and repairs needed if any.
It is never okay to trust a seller in this day-and-age - unless you have done business with them or have information from someone who has and can verify their actions.
Just look at all the threads for major rip-offs of members when doing business 'long-distance' - the stories of these things going wrong are legend, the good outcome ones are scarce ...
You can Trust - but Verify
with a visit before money changes hands
You live in the land of 'rust-free' California raised classics - there are usually very desirable cars close enough to go look at in person available right nearby in nearly all my past hunts
As always JMHO's