Used Car Purchase Requires Certificate of Title

A lawsuit by the Ohio Attorney General against an area car dealer highlights the need to be careful and know your rights when buying a used car. The lawsuit accuses the dealership of failing to provide consumers with motor vehicle titles as required by law. This law is important for consumers to know and understand.

BBB® reminds consumers they have a right to rescind or cancel the purchase and get a full refund if the dealer fails to apply for a Certificate of Title in the consumer’s name within 30 days from the date of purchase. This is covered under Ohio’s Title Defect Rescission Fund. A used car buyer also has a right to cancel the deal and get a full refund if the certificate of title for the vehicle indicates it is a rebuilt salvage vehicle– if it was not disclosed in writing prior to the purchase.

Finally, a used car buyer has a right to cancel the deal and get a full refund if the certificate of title for the vehicle indicates the dealer made an inaccurate odometer disclosure to the consumer.

According to the Ohio Attorney General, motor vehicle complaints were the most frequently reported consumer complaint to his office last year with title issues topping the list of problems. Before you purchase a used vehicle, do your research. Start With Trust. Visit bbb.org

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About Howard Ain

Howard Ain has been reporting consumer news on Cincinnati television for the past 38 years. He also writes a newspaper column alerting readers to consumer scams. He now joins BBB|Cincinnati as a correspondent.