Recently, I purchased a car from LA. I put the deposit over the phone and faxed over signed paper work. Flew in, took a taxi to the dealership and the car had a sold tag with my salemen's name already on it. This is how it should be done with all dealerships. If you make a deposit, they should hold the car for you giving you the first right's to buy it. Otherwise what's the point of a deposit?
Hopefully at the end you'll at least get back your air and taxi fare, which they should have done already.
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