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Q: Used car Laws in Ohio ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Used car Laws in Ohio
Category: Business and Money > Consulting
Asked by: drainhook-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 13 Jun 2006 06:12 PDT
Expires: 13 Jul 2006 06:12 PDT
Question ID: 737756
can I return my used car to the dealership? I purchased this 2004
Subaru almost a month ago. I put $5k down, and financed the rest
(after taxes and warranties roughly $15K)  I have been dealing with
some minor problems with the car, that the dealership has worked on,
such as new brake discs, and alignment, due to a vibration that I was
feeling at higher speeds, and that the car pulls to the right .
The issues aer still there, but not extreme by any means. 
Yesterday I noticed that the car shows signs of a previous accident,
on the under-body, and the divers side door hinge has been re-welded
into place.  I pulled a Carfax report on this vehicle before
purchasing, and there was no accident listed.
I feel uncomfortable with the car, and the dealership from which I
purchased now. The car is still very nice. Its my first time financing
a car. What can I do?
I haven't even made a payment on this car yet.
Subject: Re: Used car Laws in Ohio
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 13 Jun 2006 08:12 PDT

Quite possibly you can return it.  

Ohio has a collection of car-sale laws (including used car sales) as
well as general consumer protection laws that *may* be applicable in
your case.  There's no way of knowing for certain until you begin to
step through the process of trying to cancel the sale.

For starters, here's a pretty good overview of the various laws and
rules regarding used car sales in Ohio:

You'll see that there's not just one law, but quite a few different
laws, that may be relevant, depending on the specifics of your

Step #1 should be to check the paperwork that accompanied your
transaction.  At some point, the dealer should have a provided a sales
contract for you to sign, and that contract may well contain language
regarding returns or cancellation of the sale.  Read it carefully to
understand the requirements that it spells out.

Next, let the dealer know that you want to return the car, and cancel
the sale.  Let them know exactly why.

If the dealer refuses, then you'll have to decide your next move.  

You could contact a law firm, such as the one linked to above. 
According to their site, they do not charge a fee:

We provide free Lemon Law representation.

Ohio allows you to recover attorney fees and the federal Lemon Law
does too. That?s why we just simply make the manufacturer or dealer
pay our bill. There is no fee or cost to you for our services. Our
philosophy is easy to understand. If you?ve got a lemon motor vehicle,
or if a car dealer has lied to you, then you should not have to pay a
fee for an attorney to represent you. It?s as simple as that.

If your dealer knows you have contacted -- or are planning to contact
-- a lawyer, they may well be much more willing to take back the
vehicle in question.

Good luck with your situation.  Let me know if there's anything else
you need on this.


search strategy -- personal knowledge, along with a Google search on [
ohio used car lemon law ]
Subject: Re: Used car Laws in Ohio
From: research_help-ga on 14 Jun 2006 11:36 PDT
I disagree with the answer given above.  The researcher is completely
relying on the lemon law as leverage to return the car.  Unless the
question has left out critical details of the situation, this is not a
lemon law case.  Lemon laws protect car buyers from serious problems
that happen repeatedly after the dealer has had a chance to fix them
repeatedly and that seriously impair use of the car.  This does not
seem to be the situation here.  Your only recourse would be if the
dealer misrepresented the car.  For example, if you have it in writing
that this car was "never in an accident" and you can now prove that it
was, then you might have a case. Used car dealers contend with buyer's
remorse all the time and they would not stay in business if they let
people just return cars.
Keep in mind, a used car is a car that someone else drove for a while
and then decided not to keep.  Minor, or possibly major, problems
should be expected as part of the process of owning a pre owned car.

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