DO I HAVE RIGHTS EVEN THOUGH THE VEHICLE I PURCHASED ISN’T NEW?

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DO I HAVE RIGHTS EVEN THOUGH THE VEHICLE I PURCHASED ISN’T NEW?

I PURCHASED A USED WITH A 3 YEAR EXTENDED WARRANTY. I DROVE AWAY THAT VERY DAY WITH A COOLANT LIGHT ON AND THE SALESMAN TOLD ME TO RETURN THE FOLLOWING MONDAY TO HAVE THE COOLANT TOPPED OFF IF THE LIGHT HADN’T GONE OUT. IT WENT OFF BUT AGAIN THE ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON. THE VEHICLE WENT FOR SERVICE A FEW DAYS LATER. 2 DAYS AFTER THE ENGINE LIGHT AGAIN TURNED ON. I TOLD THE SALESMAN THAT I WANTED TO RETURN THE CAR AND GET ANOTHER FROM THE DEALERSHIP. INSTEAD HE CONVINCED ME TO HAVE IT REPAIRED ONCE MORE. THE DEALERSHIP OWNER TOLD ME THAT I HAVE NO RIGHTS AND THAT ALL HE CAN GUARANTEE IS THE CAR WILL BE REPAIRED.

Asked on March 30, 2011 under General Practice, Ohio

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MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Fortunately, Ohio law is pretty comprehensive in its laws concerning lemons, whether used or new. While you do not have the full force of the new car lemon laws, used cars purchased from a dealer must carry a warranty for 1 year or I think nearly 18,000 miles.  If this car was obtained from the manufacturer after it was returned because it was a lemon, there are certain disclosures you need to be given to sign by both the dealer and the manufacturer so you know you are purchasing an item that had been returned. This is to ensure complete transparency. You need to document each issue and then check your state's consumer protection information page on used car lemon laws in your state.


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