With respect to the contract law issues, I am confident that I can handle those issues as I am an attorney.
I am confident that the dealer simply has confidence in my desire to purchase and his desire to sell the vehicle if I choose not to buy it. I don't suspect that they will order vehicles under those terms for everybody as the risk to the dealer might become too great.
I am not overly concerned that I will order the jeep and then find that the dealer has decided to sell it to somebody else instead. In the event that such an issue happens, I would simply order a different jeep from a different dealer. No real loss for me. While I prefer certain options and colors, the Jeep that I desire is not a limited production model that is an absolute "must have" for me.
Originally Posted by WaltA
I have ordered many new cars over my decades, including a few Jeeps, and I have always put down a deposit. For me, such defines that such is a firm deal for both parties.
I am not sure the thought here came from, that putting a deposit down on a custom order is somehow devious and wrong.