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Illinois 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
RVs: Yes
Business vehicles: No
Motorcycles: No
Leased vehicles: Yes
Lemon law period: 1 year/12,000 miles

What is a Lemon Car Under Illinois Lemon Law?

Illinois lemon law covers new passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, and trucks under 8,000 pounds, used vehicles that are sold during the new car warranty period with manufacturer’s warranties, and motor homes that are purchased, leased, or licensed in Illinois. In order to be considered a “lemon,” the vehicle must meet the following requirements:

  • Purchased in Illinois
  • 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 year from the delivery date or the first 12,000 miles on the odometer (whichever comes first)
  • Has been taken in four times for the same defect or has been out of service for 30 business days
  • The vehicle is used primarily for individual, family, or household purposes

Illinois Revised Statutes, Chapter 815, Section 380 is the state’s lemon law.

Getting Lemon Justice: Illinois Lemon Law Relief

Illinois 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/li>
  • Collateral charges

The amount of the refund may be reduced by a deduction for your use of the vehicle before you first took your vehicle in for repair.

Pursuing an IL Lemon Law Claim

Under Illinois lemon law, you must notify the manufacturer of the problem with your vehicle within one year of taking delivery of the vehicle, or within the first 12,000 miles on the odometer (whichever comes first). The manufacturer has the opportunity to fix it one last time.

You must first use the manufacturer’s third-party dispute resolution program. If you are dissatisfied with the dispute board’s decision, you can enforce your lemon law rights by filing a lawsuit. The manufacturer cannot challenge the dispute board’s 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 Illinois lemon, give us a call today. We understand your frustration, and will do our best to deliver the justice you deserve.

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