No. he didn't even get to road test the car as they said they needed to prepare it first, he thought he was just paying the deposit to hold the car until he could test drive it.
thanks very much for this, its very helpful.
have you any advice on how we should approach the dealership. Do i just go in saying that i have taken legal advice, and whilst they can take my son to court they could only claim their losses etc as you advise above, so why bother? and then ask for the deposit back and if they refuse say i will take action to get it back?