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Ohio Lemon Law Attorneys

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When you buy a new car in Ohio, you’re entitled to a vehicle that works. So if your car is constantly in the shop for repairs, you may be eligible for a refund or a replacement vehicle under the Ohio Lemon Law. The law also states that the manufacturer must pay any legal fees associated with successful Lemon Law claims.

Thus, our attorneys will represent you at no direct cost to you. When you collect the compensation you deserve, the car company pays our fees. And because we only charge for successes, you still pay nothing in the rare instances where car companies prevail. So rather than fighting for your rights alone, let our experienced legal team help, without direct charge to you.

What Is the Lemon Law in Ohio?

The Lemon Law in Ohio protects consumers from purchasing defective motor vehicles. If you purchase a new vehicle with a defect or condition that substantially impairs its use, value, or safety, the law entitles you to a refund or a replacement vehicle. However, you must give the manufacturer an opportunity to resolve the issue first.

The defect(s), and at least the first repair attempt, must occur within the first year of ownership and before you’ve put 18,000 miles on the car. If the defect continues to exist after a reasonable number of repair attempts, the vehicle is a lemon and may be returned. The Ohio Lemon Law defines “a reasonable number of attempts” in a few different ways:

  • 1 attempt – for any defects likely to cause death or serious bodily injury
  • 3 attempts – for any single defect
  • 8 attempts – for any combination of defects
  • 30 days out of service – for any combination of defects

The law was designed with new, non-commercial motor vehicles in mind. So passenger cars, motorcycles, trucks, and certain recreational vehicles are covered. Mobile homes and manufactured homes are not covered.

Ohio Lemon Law FAQs

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

Does Ohio Have a Lemon Law?

Yes, Ohio’s Lemon Law allows consumers to return defective vehicles to the manufacturer for a refund...

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Yes, Ohio’s Lemon Law allows consumers to return defective vehicles to the manufacturer for a refund or replacement vehicle. However, consumers must first provide the manufacturer with an opportunity to fix the problem. When manufacturers fail to repair vehicles after a reasonable number of attempts, consumers are entitled to seek compensation.

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How Does the Lemon Law Work in Ohio?

The Ohio Lemon Law applies to motor vehicles purchased or leased in the State of Ohio. To qualify fo...

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The Ohio Lemon Law applies to motor vehicles purchased or leased in the State of Ohio. To qualify for compensation under the law, the vehicle must have a defect that substantially impairs its use, value, or safety.

When you have such a defective vehicle, you’ll need to bring it to the manufacturer for repairs within the first year or 18,000 miles of ownership, whichever comes first. Defects that occur or are reported after this period should still qualify for protection under the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. But you should always report defects as soon as possible.

For defects that could cause death or serious injury, you only need to provide the manufacturer with a single repair attempt before you can take legal action. For less dangerous defects, Ohio Lemon Law allows manufacturers three repair attempts.

Additionally, vehicles can qualify for compensation if they are out of service for a total of 30 days OR if they’re subjected to eight repair attempts for any number of defects within the first year and 18,000 miles of ownership.

If your vehicle’s defect(s) still exists after these repair attempts, it’s a lemon. Before you can collect a check or a new car, you’ll need to present your case to a third-party arbitration panel. You’re free to present your case to the panel without representation but having an experienced Ohio Lemon Law attorney in your corner greatly increases your chances of success.

Thankfully, the Ohio law includes a fee-shifting provision that holds the manufacturer responsible for your attorneys’ fees when you win your case. And at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®, we only get paid if you do. Thus, there are no compelling reasons to represent yourself in Lemon Law proceedings when you can hire an attorney at no cost to you.

After reviewing your case, the arbitration board will rule on whether you deserve to be compensated and to what extent. If you aren’t satisfied with the board’s decision, the next step would be to file a civil action with the courts. Cases that reach this far typically settle before going to trial. In fact, more than 99% of our cases settle before trial.

If the manufacturer does offer a settlement at any point in this process, only you can decide whether to accept it or not. We will always provide our professional opinion concerning any settlement offer, but the decision to accept an offer is ultimately yours to make.

FAQs About Your Lemon Law Rights

Is There a Time Limit to Pursue a Lemon Law Claim in Ohio?

Yes, you typically have 5 years from the original delivery date to file a claim under the Ohio Lemon...

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Yes, you typically have 5 years from the original delivery date to file a claim under the Ohio Lemon Law. It is possible to extend this limit for claims reviewed by an arbitration board. But you (or your attorney) must submit the claim to the arbitration board within this 5-year limit. And the extension is limited to the time it takes the board to hear your claim and make an offer.

In most cases, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act provides an even longer window to file your claim. It covers vehicles for the duration of their warranty and provides up to four years after the warranty was breached to file a claim. So, for vehicles that come with lengthy warranties, you may be able to file a claim a decade or longer after the purchase date.

Talented Attorneys & No Fees

At Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® we make it easy to stand up for your rights. In the 25+ years since our founding, we’ve helped nearly 50,000 people like you stand up to car companies and collect the compensation they were owed. And thanks to the fee-shifting provisions in both the federal and the Ohio Lemon Laws, we can do so at no cost to you.

Our law firm has made a name for itself by securing the maximum compensation possible for our clients. Contact us today so that we can do the same for you.

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