Yeah! I don't give money up, until 'sign on the dotted line' day! My dealer is fairly small also. In fact, to them it was no different, then ordering any other car! Which, is the way it should be! We're not talking Ferrari's and Lambo's here! lolActually many dealers (especially smaller ones) want or even require you to leave a deposit. It helps them know you are serious if its the first time you've ever bought a car from them. It's not that big of a deal, it just means you wouldn't need to put down quite as big of a down payment later.
It just depends on your dealer, your relationship with them, how bad they want your business, and if they are afraid of losing the sale. I'm sure there are lots of dealers that would order a car with no deposit, but I'm not going skip over a dealer simply because they want a deposit. It's just not that big of a deal.It seems there is some debate on this. They need good faith money? Does Ford Mo. Co. Require it, or is it a dealers wife's tale?