A friend of mine just made phone contact with a consignment dealer in the Dallas area regarding a '36 Ford 5-window Coupe they had listed online for $42,000. This appears to be a very nice car (one would certainly hope so). My friend is a serious no-nonsense guy with ready cash. He has been the owner of a small custom shop for many years and is a good judge of car quality, already owns some very nice vehicles. He made a serious offer of $40,000 during the phone conversation and the dealer told him that they couldn't contact the owner with the offer until my friend forwarded a $1,000 deposit! He told them to get lost and moved on. Is this the typical business practice of most or all consignment dealers? I've never dealt with one, although there have been cars that I might have considered. I understand the desire to weed out tire kickers and dreamers, but this guy (my friend) was dead serious and would have bought the car if it weren't for this practice. I just wonder if folks who consign cars to these dealers are fully aware that not all offers will necessarily be forwarded to them, the owner. Hope this thread doesn't open up a bunch of drama as I'm sure there are honest, upfront dealers out there. I'm just interested in knowing if this is common practice...Thanks..........Don.