Getting a new car is always so exciting. After endless hours of shopping around, test driving your top contenders, and, finally, securing financing and finalizing paperwork, you leave the dealership proud of your new purchase. If you decided to buy new, you take comfort in knowing that your car, truck, or SUV is safe. So, when your brand new vehicle breaks down unexpectedly or leaves you footing repair bills long before you ever planned, it can be quite alarming and disheartening. You may turn to the dealership you purchased the vehicle from only to be dismissed and turned away. Fortunately, Ohio’s lemon law is in place to protect you.
What Qualifies as a Lemon?
At this time, Ohio’s lemon law only mandates refunds and replacements for cars, motorcycles, and other non-commercial vehicles that are purchased new, meaning those that are less than a year old or have less than 18,000 miles (whichever comes first). Additionally, there must be one or more substantial problems that impair the use, value, or safety of the vehicle, and the issue must be covered by the warranty.
If you purchased a pre-owned vehicle, there are other laws in place to protect you — such as those that require known lemons to be repaired, covered under warranty, and armed with a branded title specifying the original issue. Thus, as a used car buyer, you will likely not be eligible for a full refund or replacement vehicle unless the dealer failed to abide by such stipulations.