State Lemon Laws

Ohio Lemon Law Advice


Ohio has a very consumer friendly set of Lemon Laws, that are stronger than most states. The number of repair attempts required for a car to qualify as a lemon is low, particularly for serious defects. However, the definition of what vehicles are covered is narrow - these favor the manufacturer.

Ohio Lemon Law Rating: 4 (somewhat positive - slightly favors the consumer)

Vehicles Covered:

  • New passenger cars, noncommercial trucks (with less than one-ton load capacity)
  • Includes motorcycles, and the non-livable sections of motor homes
  • Excludes commercial vehicles
  • Excludes recreational vehicles

What constitutes a "lemon":

  • Three attempts to repair a defect
  • One attempt to repair a serious safety defect
  • 30 calendar days out of service
Valid for:
  • 18,000 miles or 1 year, whichever comes sooner

What to do if you suspect you have a lemon in Ohio:

  • Immediately draft a letter to the manufacturer of your automobile informing them of the defects you are experiencing. That notification letter must be sent via certified mail
  • Ensure that you save ALL documentation related to your automobile repairs

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