Never done it, though considering the amount of trouble I've sometimes had when I've looked, I might just as well have.
Came very close to doing it with a "top of the range"
Lada saloon (the one with the big engine (2L or 1800, can't remember) and the double headlights) which didn't cost enough for anyone to bother lying about it, but it was in Bristol and I was in Edinburgh, and I decided I didn't have the time. Pity cos those were pretty rare by that time and I was fairly sure it would be OK.
Depends how much you're paying. If its peanuts (as in that case) then it might be worth a punt.
There isn't anything I can think of that is so "unfashionable" these days, but if there was I doubt you'd get away with buying one for your wife.