Any new motor vehicle whether the vehicle is purchased or leased including car, truck, motorcycles, light vehicles or heavy vehicles, is covered under a Ohio’s Lemon Law. This article is a review of Ohio’s automobile consumer law. What are your options, rights, and obligations if your purchase a defective motor vehicle in Ohio.
The Ohio Revised Code spells out specific circumstances which will determine whether or not your car is considered a “Lemon”. Your car may be considered a lemon under Ohio Law, if it has been in the shop three times for the same problem or eight times for any problem, within 12 months of your purchase and / or less than 18,000 miles of use. If any of these problems have occurred, you probably have claim under the law. So, watch out for the following conditions:
Vehicle is required to be sent for repairs for the same problem three times and it is not repaired
Vehicle is in the repair shop for more than 30 days in total.
Vehicle has been in the shop more than eight times for any defect, major or minor
Defect in the purchased vehicle is so serious that it may cause an accident or injury to others and the dealer is not in position to fix it in his first attempt.
If your vehicle is considered a lemon, as defined by Ohio Law, you will be entitled to exchange your vehicle for a new, or comparable vehicle valued up to the amount paid for the lemon. Alternatively, you may exchange the lemon for a full refund of your purchase price. Additionally, the consumer would also be entitled to attorney’s fees if it is necessary to retain one to handle the matter.
Always remember, the auto manufacturers are not in existence to give away free vehicles. They will probably try to fight you at every turn. But if you are persistent, or you retain a qualified attorney, you will probably prevail with your Ohio Lemon Law claim.
Harry S. Bernstein has been representing claimants as one of a group Cleveland lawyers for several years. Please visit our Cleveland lawyers website at for more information on this topic.
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