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Old 12-27-2009, 06:48 PM
 
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Hi All,

I put a deposit down to purchase a new vehicle...i've been waiting for approximately two months and they still can't give me answer when i'll receive the vehicle..legally how long can the dealer keep the deposit.

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Old 12-27-2009, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Hi All,

I put a deposit on a new vehicle...its been approximately two months and they can't give me answer when i'll my car...legally how long can a dealer keep my deposit.
did you custom order a car to be built from the factory then shipped to the dealership
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Old 12-27-2009, 06:52 PM
 
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did you custom order a car to be built from the factory then shipped to the dealership
yes
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Old 12-27-2009, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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they ship via convoy with other cars that are along the route it depends where you live sometimes just to ship can take 5 day or a month plus the time it took for the to build it. have you told the dealer you dont want to but the car anymore and want your deposit back... the average wait time for a custom built from the factory car can be 2-3 months before you actually pick it up some imports like a mercedes built in germany can take 5-6 months
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Old 12-27-2009, 07:14 PM
 
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did you sign a letter of intent to buy the car and is the contract binding

Buying a car from the factory through new car dealers...
If the dealer does not have your car and options, they can order it from the factory. The car should not cost more than the cars on the lot, but some dealers fool you. It does not cost dealers more, it's ordered as part of their weekly buying. Because new car factory orders don't sit on a lot waiting to sell, they cost dealers $0 on interest. New car dealers require a deposit of $500-$1000, try not to give more than $500. Don't pay deposits by check, use a credit card only. When the car comes in and they jack the price up $1000 telling you there was "a price increase", it's easy to dispute it off your credit card. But if you paid by check, they cashed it baby, and you're stuck. There should be no fees, it's just a normal car deal. Lead time is 8 weeks to 6 months.
from New car buying guide, how to buy new cars, avoid dealer scams when you buy a car
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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I know people who have waited 6 months for cars.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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They will keep your deposit until the car comes in, and when you buy the car the deposit is applied towards the price of the car.

And it depends on the manufacturer as to how long it takes to build and ship a car.

As others have said, for imports, especially luxury imports, it can take up to 6 months.

Dealerships generally can't track the progress of a particular car until it has a VIN and has been built, then they can follow the shipping, etc.
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:24 AM
 
Location: California
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We've waited...(and understood) ...for over a year for a car. Your dealer, once a build date is given, can issue you the Vin and the dealer can then give you a step by step update...build, ship, arrival, etc. With one car, I was able to follow it across country on a website they built purposely for new owners awaiting their new vehicles. 2 months is nothing. Depending on it's origination, it could take that long in shipping. Also...remember, many plants shut down over the holidays/some change over for the new model yr. All tho, most have done that already.
If nothing else, your dealer should be able to give what slot your car is in to be built ie the approximation build date. Unless it is an exotic...this is the norm. Been through it a million times.
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:27 PM
 
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Hi All,

I put a deposit down to purchase a new vehicle...i've been waiting for approximately two months and they still can't give me answer when i'll receive the vehicle..legally how long can the dealer keep the deposit.
From a legal perspective, this will depend upon your state's laws and exactly the type of agreement that you signed, if any. Presumably if this is a verbal agreement, they can hold your deposit until you ask for it back. If you signed something then it will be handled by the terms of the document restricted by state law. If you are tired or waiting, then tell them you want out of the deal and you want your money back or you want to go with something else. Given how much the car manufacturers want to get rid of inventory, ordering something unbuilt from the factory is probably the worst way to go.
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