Lemon Law Ohio - Protecting You
The lemon law in Ohio declares that a car purchased in this state must be accompanied by a written statement in letters that are capital ten-point type and reads:
IMPORTANT: IF THIS CAR IS DEFECTIVE, YOU MAY BE ENTITLED UNDER
STATE LAW TO A REPLACEMENT OR TO COMPENSATION.
And each time an automobile is returned from being serviced or repaired, the car's manufacturer or authorized dealer must provide the car buyer a written statement itemizing all the work performed on the car. (including parts and labor)
But, if a purchased car does not operate according to its warranty, and the car buyer reports its defects to the automobile's manufacturer, agent, or authorized dealer during 1 year from the purchase date (or during the first 18,000 miles, whichever comes first), the manufacturer, agent, or authorized dealer is legally obligated to make repairs necessary to bring the automobile to the condition specified in its warranty.
If the automobile's manufacturer, agent, or authorized dealer fails to bring the auto to the working condition specified in its warranty after a reasonable number of attempts, the automobile's manufacturer, at the car buyer's option, must replace the car with a new vehicle, or accept the return of the car and refund the total purchase price, The lemon law in Ohio also grants dissatisfied car buyers a refund of the car's purchase price in addition to fees associated with undercoating, transportation, installed options, sales tax, license and registration fees, and all finance charges.
According to the lemon law in Ohio, if the car purchaser prefers a new car, the car's manufacturer must first notify any lienholder noted on the certificate of title. If both the lienholder and the car buyer agree to finance the new car, the lienholder must release the lien on the defective car - but only after it has obtained a lien on the new car. If however, the lienholder does not want to finance the new car, they are not required to cancel the current lien until the original lien is satisfied.
As in most states, the automobile's manufacturer, dealer, or authorized agent must make three attempts to repair the same defect. Otherwise, the lemon law in Ohio says that the automobile's manufacturer, dealer, or authorized agent can make eight repair attempts in total and one attempt to repair a condition likely to cause death or serious bodily injury.
Should a car purchaser suffer a loss due to the failure by the automobile's manufacturer, agent, or authorized dealer to bring the vehicle to the condition specified in its warranty, the purchaser may bring civil action in a court of common pleas or other court of competent jurisdiction and, be entitled to recover attorney's fees, court costs, and other relief.
The lemon law of Ohio does not apply to an automobile's defects which are the result of abuse, neglect, or unauthorized modification by anyone other than the automobile's manufacturer, agent, or authorized dealer.
Cars which can not be brought to the condition specified in its warranty can not be resold, unless the car's manufacturer provides the exact warranty that was given to the original purchaser. The new terms of the warranty (according to the lemon law in Ohio) are then only for twelve thousand miles (or twelve months after resale date - whichever comes first). In addition, the automobile's manufacturer must provide the car buyer a written statement in capital ten-point type letters that reads:
IMPORTANT: THIS CAR WAS RETURNED TO THE CAR MANUFACTURER BECAUSE IT DID NOT
CONFORM TO THE CAR MANUFACTURER'S EXPRESS WARRANTY AND THE NONCONFORMITY
WAS NOT CURED WITHIN A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME AS PROVIDED BY OHIO LAW.
DATE BUYER'S SIGNATURE
In the case that an automobile's defect is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury when driven, the car may not be sold in this state period.