I bought mine out of state without having seen it, but I did order an independent inspection. They missed a few things, some minor some major (my opinion). Would not have made too much of a difference as I bought an 04 with 88k miles so I wasn't expecting a perfect truck. A little risky buying out of state as I wired the money to a stranger, but I wasn't too worried as I did some homework on the owner and having a law degree makes things a little easier if something goes wrong.
Shipping from the sticks of Virginia to Miami, FL was around $675, and that was in high season (snowbirds shipping their cars down).
Nice examples hardly pop up so if it makes sense, then I think it is worth it to buy out of state and ship. In my opinion it is not worth waiting around 6+ months for the perfect one to pop up near you...if it does, you better hope it's for a reasonable price.