The best course of action is to not make any down payment (or "deposit") until you have decided to lease a vehicle.

Before signing a leasing contract

If you have not yet signed the leasing contract, you are often considered to have received only the merchant’s offer. You have thus not entered into any agreement yet. You should not have to pay any fees: the merchant must return the down payment if you decide not to lease the car.

After signing a leasing contract

If you have signed a leasing contract but refuse to take possession of the vehicle, it is often too late to change your mind without consequences. The page Refusing to take possession of a vehicle provides further information on this topic.

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Last update : May 3, 2021

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