Lemon Laws

Lemon Laws

Illinois Lemon Law

In Illinois to qualify as a lemon, the law requires the vehicle to:

  • have a defect that impairs the use of the vehicle that cannot be repaired by the dealer on at least four occasions for an identical recurring issues; or
  • be out of service due to the repair of a defect for at least 30 business days.

Furthermore, in order to be eligible for recovery under the lemon law all repairs must occur within the first 12 months after the date of delivery of the vehicle or 12,000 miles, which ever occurs first.  The Lemon Law covers all new cars purchased or leased, Light Trucks and vans under 8,000 pounds, recreational vehicles (excluding trailers)

However, in Illinois, the Lemon Law is not accepted by the courts.  If you are driving a lemon, that is, if your NEW vehicle is subject to an unreasonable amount of repair attempts, you have rights under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.  Under this law, an Illinois consumer may recover money if the vehicle could not be repaired within a reasonable number of repair attempts.  The vehicle may be fixed, but it it took 4 or more attempts, you may be able to recover money for the lost value of your vehicle because of that repair history. 

Should you feel your vehicle qualifies for a claim , contact an attorney to help you determine your rights.

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