Auto Dealer Fraud & Lemon Law

Purchasing a car is stressful enough without worrying about whether a dealer is trying to take advantage of you. Unfortunately, some dealers will misrepresent the condition of the vehicle or other material terms of the sale of the vehicle. In other cases, a dealer may fail to make disclosures required by state and federal laws or will fail to honor a warranty. If you purchase a vehicle and encounter any of these problems, you could be protected under Ohio’s lemon law. Even if your vehicle issue is not covered under Ohio’s lemon law, you may still have recourse based upon other state and federal laws.

Ohio Lemon Law

The Ohio lemon law primarily covers the purchase of a new vehicle and applies to certain defects. The consumer is required to report the defects to the manufacturer within the first year of ownership or the first 18,000 miles, whichever occurs first. Ohio’s lemon law has certain limitations. If you believe you have purchased a lemon, contact our office for a free initial consultation.

Consumer Sales Practices Act (CSPA)

In Ohio, the CSPA prohibits car dealers from using unfair, deceptive or unconscionable practices while engaging in the sale of a vehicle. Dealers are prohibited from using high pressure sales tactics or making misrepresentations about the vehicle to induce the consumer into purchasing the vehicle, including but not limited to any representations regarding the condition of the vehicle, the vehicle’s past sales history and accident history. Any contract for the sale of a vehicle must disclose the list price, mileage and any other representations made by the dealer that are material to sale. If a vehicle is financed, the contract must disclose the finance charge, interest rates and dates of payment. If a dealer has violated the CSPA, you could be entitled to statutory damages, trebled actual damages, attorney fees, and possibly punitive damages.

Overall, if you are having issues with a vehicle or a dealer after purchase, contacting an attorney could be helpful. We can review your situation and determine what your options are under your contract terms, as well as state and federal laws.