Depending on whether the car is under warranty, and/or whether the dealer made actionable misrepresentations to you in an effort to sell the car, you may have claims to unwind the sale and get all of your money back. The first thing you should do is consult with a consumer law attorney in your area that handles lemon law and dealer fraud cases. I suggest you contact attorney Ron Burdge of Dayton immediately: (937) 432-9501. He is an expert in these types of cases. Good luck.
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Most folks don't know how serious a ball joint failure can be. The entire wheel can collapse while you are moving down the road and that can be a disaster at high speeds. It happened to me when I was a lot younger (luckily at a moderate speed making a turn in town) and I never forgot it. You are lucky no one was apparently injured. Selling a vehicle that is dangerous to drive is illegal for a car dealer in Ohio. Failing to fix it properly is a violation of another law in Ohio. Your sales paperwork and your repair paperwork will be important to your legal rights, but the odds are you have a very good chance of making the dealer pay for what happened here, and then some. Ohio's consumer protection laws also say that you can make the dealer pay your legal costs too. This is the kind of case that we often handle without the consumer having to pay for our time fighting the dealer. Whether you call me or someone else, make a call. Don't give up. Sounds like you are both morally and legally right here and what the dealer did is wrong. But act quickly because for every legal right you have, there is only a limited amount of time to actually file a lawsuit in court or your rights expire (it's called the statute of limitations), so don't waste your time getting to a Consumer Law attorney and finding out what your rights are. If this answer was helpful, please give a “Vote UP” review below. And please be sure to indicate the best answer to your question so we can all be sure we are being helpful. Thanks for asking and Good Luck. Ron Burdge, www.BurdgeLaw.com
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