If your new car, truck (weighing less than 1 1/2 tons), motorcycle, ATV or RV has turned sour and left a bad taste in your mouth, getting rid of your motor vehicle may be easier than you think. The Ohio Lemon Law covers all new or used consumer motor vehicles that are still within one year of the original sale date and have less than 18,000 miles on the odometer. Price does not matter, and the vehicle can be purchased or leased.
What does matter is that you have experienced problems covered by the manufacturer’s warranty and you have given the manufacturer and/or the dealer a reasonable opportunity to fix the problems.
It is important for you to understand your rights under the Ohio Lemon Law and how it can help you get rid of your lemon
GETTING RID OF YOUR LEMON
Can You Answer Yes to Any of These Questions? If So, You’ve Got a Lemon!
Within the first 18,000 miles or the first year after delivery, was your motor vehicle in the shop three times for the same defect and it didn’t get fixed? Then your vehicle is probably a lemon.
Within the first 18,000 miles or the first year after delivery, was your motor vehicle in the shop for 30 days or more? Then your vehicle is probably a lemon.
Within the first 18,000 miles or the first year after delivery, did you complain about eight or more different problems that impair the use, value or safety of the motor vehicle? Then your vehicle is probably a lemon.
Within the first 18,000 miles or the first year after delivery, did you have one unsuccessful attempt to fix a problem that could cause death or serious injury? Then your motor vehicle is probably a lemon.
If you can answer yes to one of the above questions, then you have the legal right to a new vehicle or a refund of the full purchase price which includes, at the very least, finance charges, taxes, license fees, registration fees and warranty charges.
What If I Can’t Answer Yes?
Just because you do not fit one of the above definitions, does not mean you don’t fit the Ohio Lemon Law. If the manufacturer fails to live up to your new car warranty during the life of the warranty, then you can still have a lemon and the Ohio Lemon Law can still cover you.
Note: If you have an RV without a motor you may be covered by the federal Lemon law. Please go to www.rvlemonlaw.com to find out your Travel Trailer Lemon Law rights.
Risks of Handling It On Your Own
You can attempt to “do it yourself” but watch out for the ways the manufacturer will try to take advantage of you. See Victoria’s Story.(Link) They may not offer you a full reimbursement or they may try to assess a usage fee even though the law does not allow it. Or, they may try to have the dealer handle the deal and in that scenario, the dealer doesn’t follow the lemon law at all but rather treats your lemon like a trade-in and then writes up a new “good deal” which may not be so good after all – especially if you are only focused on the monthly payment rather than the total cost of the vehicle. If you allow this to happen, your down payment and/or payments on the lemon may be “lost” in the transaction on the new vehicle.
If you want your lemon vehicle to be replaced with one that runs right, the manufacturer is not allowed to charge you for the increase in the sticker price, either. Still, you can bet they will try.
Hiring An Experienced Lemon Law Attorney
Why accept less when you don’t have to? Instead of trying to do this on your own, make your next call your best call and let Burdge Law Office help you get rid of your lemon for free - you don’t pay attorney fees. We will make sure you receive everything you are entitled to receive under the law. And your attorneys fees are paid for by the manufacturer.
Who are we? We are the only law firm in Ohio that has been suing car dealers and car manufacturers for over 30 years, making manufacturers take back thousands of lemon cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATV’s and RV’s and give people back their hard-earned money or replace their lemons with new vehicles that runs right.
Why do we do it? Because we like to make the legal system work right for people who purchased lemon vehicles that were built wrong.
There is also a list of Frequently Asked Questions that can help you understand what we do and how our legal process works to get you back your money or have your vehicle replaced with a new one.
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About Your Car
Two Million GM Vehicles Recalled for Safety Reasons
Recently General Motors reported to the federal government’s
Safety Recall “department”
that it would recall more than two million vehicles,
including almost 1.5 million SUV’s and pick-up
trucks with seat belt problems.
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Vehicle Rollover Ratings
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) has released it most up to
date vehicle rollover “star” ratings.
Manufacturers strive for the top grade of 5 stars.
A single star rating is a dismal result and can indicate
a vehicle you want to stay away from.
The new ratings combine NHTSA’s static-stability
measurement, which reflects a vehicle’s dimensions
and center of gravity, with a dynamic test that measures
vehicle performance in an emergency maneuver. One star
signifies a more than 40 percent likelihood of rollover
in a single-vehicle crash; five stars mean less than
10 percent. While rollovers occur in fewer than 3 percent
of serious crashes, they’re involved in some
33 percent of all vehicle-occupant deaths.
Want to see how your vehicle rated?
Visit our Rollover
and Crash Test page for more information.