10 years ago I bought a '68 Mustang by accident but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. My girlfriend had called me in distress as she had just lost her job. I was in the middle of consoling her and also playing around on my computer online at home looking at car auctions.
I saw a 1968 Ford Mustang Coupe for sale in Florida. I live in Illinois.
It was fully restored and one of my favorite colors of blue. The price was incredible because it had a new engine, new paint, new interior and was in excellent condition.
So I took a chance and decided to put an online bid in on the car, not knowing the auction was about to end. My bid was highest and the auction response came back, "You are a winner!"
Oh boy, I had just bought a car online, sight-unseen. What a huge gamble! Obviously I had to go to Florida to pick up the car so my girlfriend, who I was consoling at the time, was now out of work and turned the trip into a vacation! How clever!
The car was located in the panhandle of Florida, not really close to any major airports. So, we flew into New Orleans, Louisiana and rented a car and drove to Florida. The owner recommended shipping the car back to Illinois via truck and not driving it that far due to its age.
Another funny side-story, the owner was unable to sell the car in Florida. That was the reason he put it up on an online auction. The owners' wife was enrolled in nursing school and they needed the money from the sale of this car for her tuition.
She gave the husband an ultimatum, "Either the (play) Mustang goes or you go!" I just happened to be in the right place at the right time and got a great deal on the car.
I shipped the car back to Illinois and had it appraised for double the value I bought it for! I have had the car for 10 years now and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I will continue to keep it as long as I can, until it no longer becomes an affordable past time. One of the best and most lucky decisions I have ever made in my life was purchasing this car!