I live in Eastern NC, ~ 15 minutes from I-95. I am someone, who is constantly shuffling my fleet. Nothing for me, to drive 4-6 hours, to get the objects of my desire. Namely hard to find kayaks. I have done that numerous times.
Longest trip was to Naples Florida. 16 hours each way, with an overnight stay. I bought an Epic 18 and a Cobra Expedition on that trip. Needed to buy both kayaks, to “justify” the drive. I sold the Epic 18, to a guy in Nashville TN. He wanted to use the Epic 18, in the MR340. Meet him in Asheville NC to deliver the Epic. That was 6 hours each way. He paid me extra, to save him drive time. That is ~44 hours tied up in the Epic.
I drove 16 hours round trip ;to the Florida line, to buy a CD Ignite SOT. Kayak was in mint condition. Paid the owner an extra $100, to meet him at the Florida Visitor Center. The CD Ignite was used by my father; as a transitional kayak, while he recovered from a broken ankle. Later resold the Ignite, after he was able to get back in his sea kayak.
I have gone to Lake Hartwell/Anderson in SC twice to buy a kayak. Bought the kayaks from Pat, a spunky ~80yo. Bought my beloved Valley Nordkapp LV from her. Still have it. Also bought a Nigel Foster Silhouette from her. It now resides near Virginia Beach.
Went to Greenville SC with my father. He bought a Heritage Expedition XL SOT. That was ~12 hours, round trip. Bought the Heritage from an interesting fellow, named String. Enjoyed meeting him. The Heritage is still in the kayak barn.
I have had many 5-10 hour round trips. Most likely my next kayak, will involve a journey . Very few interesting kayaks, in my area.