Originally Posted by Jon2168
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.
Difference between you and the OP is that you did it the right way -- with signed paperwork and money up front. OP had neither.