Idaho Lemon Law
If you’ve purchased a defective vehicle, the thought of fighting with the manufacturer is probably overwhelming. Lemberg Law can help. Here’s a recap of Idaho lemon law:
New cars: Yes
Used cars: No
Business vehicles: No
Leased vehicles: Yes
Lemon law period: 2 years/24,000 miles
What is a Lemon Car Under Idaho Lemon Law?
Idaho lemon law covers new passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, and trucks under 12,000 pounds, as well as used vehicles that are sold during the new car warranty period with manufacturer’s warranties that are purchased, leased, or licensed in Idaho. In order to be considered a “lemon,” the vehicle must meet the following requirements:
- Purchased or licensed in Idaho
- Does not conform to the manufacturer’s express warranty
- Has substantial defects affecting the use, safety or value of the vehicle
- Has manufacturer’s defects that occurred and are reported during the first two years from the delivery date, the first 24,000 miles on the odometer, or before the express warranty expires (whichever comes first)
- Has been taken in one time for a steering or braking system failure that could cause death or serious bodily injury; has been taken in four times for the same defect; or the vehicle has been in for service for a cumulative total of 30 business days AND the warranty has expired, or two years from the delivery date have passed, or the vehicle has exceeded 24,000 miles (whichever comes first)
- You have notified the manufacturer via certified mail and the manufacturer has had the opportunity to make a final repair attempt
- The vehicle is used primarily for individual, family, or household purposes or is used for personal business reasons
Idaho Code, Title 48, Chapter 9, Sections 901-913 is the state’s lemon law.
Getting Lemon Justice: Idaho Lemon Law Relief
Idaho lemon law provides several options for a successful lemon law claimant. First, you may be awarded a replacement vehicle of the same year, make, and model. You may also qualify for a refund, which can include:
- The full purchase price of the vehicle, not to exceed 105% of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price
- Sales tax
- License and registration fees
- Reimbursement for towing and rental car expenses
- Attorney fees
The amount of the refund may be reduced by a deduction for your use of the vehicle before the arbitration hearing, which is calculated by multiplying the mileage by the purchase price, and dividing that amount by 120,000.
Pursuing an ID Lemon Law Claim
If you want to pursue a claim under Idaho’s Lemon Law, you must notify the manufacturer of the problem with your vehicle before the expiration of the written warranty, the vehicle is driven 24,000 miles, or two years from the date of delivery passes. The manufacturer has the opportunity to fix it one last time. You must send the notice via certified mail, with a return receipt requested. See an example of a demand letter that you can adapt and mail yourself.
If the problem still isn’t fixed after the final repair attempt, before filing a lawsuit you must file a request for arbitration with the manufacturer’s dispute resolution process (if the manufacturer requires it). You must file your request within one year after the Lemon Law rights period has ended. The arbitrator’s decision is not binding, and you or the manufacturer may file a lawsuit to appeal or remove the decision.
How We Can Help
Wherever you are in the lemon law claim process, we’re happy to help. Whether you need help gathering the material documenting your lemon, submitting the final demand letter, negotiating a settlement, or appealing the arbitration decision, Lemberg Law will be at your side every step of the way.
Helping consumers is what we do. We’ve helped more than 15,000 people recover more than $35 million. You can read more about us here.
Remember that vehicle manufacturers have teams of lawyers that do nothing but fight lemon law claims. Lemon laws try to level playing field by forcing automakers to pay the consumer’s attorney fees in successful lemon law claims. That’s why our representation won’t cost you a dime.
There’s a limited window of opportunity for filing a lemon law claim. If you suspect you have an Idaho lemon, give us a call today. We understand your frustration, and will do our best to deliver the justice you deserve.