Agreed on that. Being from New Mexico, for over twenty years, most consider this to be "off the end of the earth" and many don't even know where it is, or if it's even part of the country.Transport's not the problem, the problem is that people don't want to pay for it. For reasons that escape my logic, so many will patch together a rusty mess, but are not willing to pay for transportation, and often wind up spending more on a rustbucket
According to a good friend of mine (from Ft. Wayne IN) originally, midwesterners are notoriously skeptical of clean parts, and will spend a quarter to "save a dime". Have seen this with own experience, was at a Super Chevy in Norwalk, OH, in the early 00's. Hauled a trailer up with a bunch of sheetmetal, and a project '78 Malibu. Sold the car (frame off, powder coated frame, ford rear and hotckis suspension in place), at very little margin, and most of the sheetmetal went back down south. A lot of Looky-Loos and tire kickers. Had figured before hand, that everything would have sold. And there was no recession at that time. 2003, to be exact, before the demise of Super Chevy.
A local yard, near las Cruces finally closed and crushed out a couple of years ago. Owner died and there was no succession plan in place, the dismantler license died with the owner. Place had been run on "the fly"' for decades, with no clear business plan, to process, sort, store, or market desirable parts, either classic or late model. Most the A/G body cars, went to circle track people, who came to expect the cars, and or their parts for nearly free. Towards the end, the owner began to simply crush the cars, as they came in, out of spite. Clean, low rust bodies, without frame rot, scale, or hanging rotten rear bumpers. Clean floor pans and trunk floors, intact drop offs and lower rear quarters. "Flash" type rust only.
Could have hauled out seven or eight clean frames, and up to three '78 - '83 Cutlass bodies, at the end of the yard's existence, for perhaps as little as $1500, for everything, but where in the heck could one find the buyers to actually make money on the stuff, being so far away from a market base, that is somewhat skinflint to begin with??