Helping out a fellow Aussie and potential 147 owner is no problem at all. I am happy to do it, and if you were in Melbourne, I would meet up with you to show you the car, as I did with Alex.
Putting down a 45% deposit shows an extreme amount of faith in the dealer. There's nothing wrong with it. Just that, with that much money in their hands, they can afford to relax a bit as they know they have your sale.
There should not be a problem getting the downpayment back at all. There are 2 points for this:
1) As you know, there is a shortage of 147 supply so if you cancel your order with the dealer, when the car comes through, they will have no problem selling it.
2) As there is a new law introduced in Australia, the buyer has a don't quote me on this!) 2 day "cool-off" period. This means that if they give you a hard time, you can **** them off by handing the car back after 2 days and getting all your money back. This law has made dealers sit up and take notice. They can nolonger push customers into deals.
So finally, I can see no problem in you getting the deposit back whatsoever. My advice would be to call the interstate dealers on Tuesday. Once you have found a dealer that has the car that you want in stock, or they can tell you the exact day of arrival of the 147 with the specs you want, go to the Alf Barbagallo. Tell them that there are other dealers who have the car I want, and unless you guys do a little more to answer my questions (ie: date of delivery etc.) I will be forced to withdraw my deposit and buy from them.
You are in the exact same position as I was with "John Blaire Alfa" in Melbourne. They wouldn't confirm date of delivery for me. So in the end I pulled out my deposit. In fact I was about to pull my deposit with "Lance Dixon Alfa" (the only other Alfa dealer in Melb.), because I found the 147 Selespeed Silver with Sunroof, 17" and Sports Leather in Sydney. My threat to Lance Dixon's worked becuase the swapped my order with someone else.
Either way, you are paying a lot of money for this car and they have to keep you satisfied. Because if they don't, there is always another dealer that will.
Joey, there are a couple of things to look out for before taking delievery of your car, such as what brand tyres they will fit, etc. so e-mail me before finalisingthe deal. You can make the deal subject to a couple of things that would make life a lot easier for you in the long run.