I'm not having good luck trying to buy a used SLK. There is nothing available locally and the ones I like are gone before I can make arrangements for trip to go see them. My choices are the Chicago area, which I don't trust, or "long distance". From what I see, lots of "long distance" buyers are putting down payments on cars they haven't seen yet. Is this the norm? What are your options for making sure you aren't getting junk? I'm willing to give this a try if I knew the rules. Anyone have any suggestions?