How do I get my deposit back from Tesla?

I'm thinking about buying a Tesla, but I've heard bad things about their deposit refund policy, and I'm worried that I won't be able to do anything about it if I change my mind. Is it possible to get my deposit back from Tesla once I've paid it?

I’m happy to say that Tesla has recently done away with their deposit requirements! While Tesla used to require a $1,000 deposit for their cars, they have replaced that requirement with a non-refundable $100 order fee.
Unfortunately, this fee is as it says: non-refundable. If you want to try to get a refund anyway, you’ll need to contact Tesla directly to discuss your specific case. If you haven’t actually ordered your car yet (and you’ve just made a reservation), you can cancel your request on the Tesla website by logging in and clicking Manage.
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Happy shopping, and enjoy your new ride!
Liz Jenson
Answered on Nov 17, 2021

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