Ohio's Lemon Law Requirements

ClevelandIs your car a lemon? To qualify as a "Lemon" under Ohio's Lemon Law, you must have a motor vehicle, motorcycle, farm truck not used for profit or a motor home that started having problems within the first 12 months or 18,000 miles – whichever comes first. The problem has to substantially impair the use, safety or value of the vehicle, and the manufacturer or its dealership must been provided a reasonable number of attempts to repair the issue. A reasonable amount of attempts during the first year or 18,000 miles is normally three repair visits OR 30 days out of service OR eight attempts to repair any nonconformity OR one or more attempts to repair a problem that recurs or still exists that is likely to cause death or bodily injury. It isn't necessary for the 30 days out of service to occur in a row.

All attempts to the dealership for repair do not have to be in the first year or 18,000 miles. Your case is much stronger, however, if the three repair attempts do occur during the first year or 18,000 miles.

Free Legal Help for Lemon Cars, Trucks and SUV's

If your vehicle qualifies as a Lemon, you have two options. First, the manufacturer can replace the Lemon with a new comparable new car. Second, the manufacturer can repurchase the car. This means the manufacturer must pay off the vehicle and refund the remainder of the purchase price plus charges such as interest to you.

What if your vehicle does not meet Ohio Lemon Law requirements? If the problem was not fixed in a reasonable amount of time and via a reasonable number of attempts under federal and state breach of warranty laws, you may still be entitled to money – and be able to keep your car.

What Types of Problems Are Covered by Ohio Lemon Law?

Many types of issues are covered under Ohio's Lemon Laws. Common examples include:

  • Failure to start
  • Slow starting
  • Stalling or hesitation
  • Oil leaks
  • Water leaks
  • Transmission leaks
  • Engine knocking
  • Engine failure
  • Transmission slipping
  • Steering vibration
  • Steering pulling
  • Rough shifting

If you are wondering whether your car qualifies as a "Lemon" under the Ohio Lemon Law, call 800-745-5259 for a free consultation and free representation if your case is accepted.

What If I Leased My Car?

The Ohio Lemon Law covers both leased and purchased vehicles.

Are Boats or ATVs Covered?

Boats are not covered. ATV's are covered, but not utility vehicles, which can be very similar to ATV's. Owners of boats and utility vehicles can still receive cash under state and federal breach of warranty laws if their vehicles have problems that are not repaired in a reasonable amount of time or reasonable number of attempts.

Contact Us for More Information — You Have Nothing to Lose

At Roseman Law Firm, we offer free consultations. Bringing a Lemon Law case will cost you nothing. Manufacturers pay attorneys' fees and costs so you have nothing to lose. Call us at 800-745-5259 or contact us online.