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From a purely legal perspective, once you agreed to purchase orally and paid the deposit, you are legally bound under an oral purchase agreement. If you backed out, they could sue you for breach of contract for the remainder of the purchase price you agreed on with them.
However, this is pretty unlikely because you could say you agreed to pay $XXXX and they would say you agreed to pay $YYYYY Since this was all verbal, there is no proof of what the actual purchase price was and it would boil down to verbal testimony and who the judge believed more.
As for any deposit, if you are able to stop payment then it is unlikely that they would actually come after you for breach. But if you can't, then you would have to file suit against them to try to get it back and a judge would ask you why you gave them $1K if you weren't putting down a deposit for a purchase you agreed to.
Ok, then your best bet is to try to stop payment on any deposit because if the get it, then if this gets to court, and they have the deposit and the vehicle, it is definitely going to look like you agreed to purchase because why else would they go get a car that wasn't on their lot and you give them $1K if there wasn't an agreement to purchase..
Worst case scenario is that they actually went and got the car and decide it is worth their time to hire an attorney to sue you for breach of contract to either force you to purchase the vehicle at whatever price they can get a judge to believe you agreed to.
But I find that highly unlikely that they would do so, simply because they aren't going to want to hire an attorney for several thousand to come after you with a case that is hard to prove what the numbers were..
Well, it means that they don't have your money in their hand to make them happy and potentially just keep it and go away..
But it doesn't put you in any better or worse position legally...you just were able to keep them from actually receiving the deposit. But they could still claim that you breached the contract.