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Lemon Law for Used Cars in Illinois

Illinois's Lemon Law does not cover used vehicles. However, Illinois law has specific language that a dealer must use to disclaim an implied warranty. If the dealer doesn't disclaim an implied warranty and you buy a used car that is less than four years old, you have a power train warranty (engine block, engine head, internal engine parts, oil pan, gaskets, water pump, intake manifold, transmission, torque converter drive shaft, U-joints, and rear axle). The warranty lasts for 30 days, and says that, if the car is less than two years old, he must pay 50% of repair costs; if the car is between two and three years old, he must pay 25% of repair costs; if the car is between three and four years old, he must pay 10% of repair costs.

There are several other types of laws that can be used to help you in the event you discover that you've bought a used car lemon. First, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has what's called the Used Car Rule that requires dealers to provide consumers with a Buyer's Guide with warranty and other types of information. If the dealer has in any way failed to abide by the FTC Used Car Rule, you may have the basis for a legal claim.

Second, each state has what are called Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices (UDAP) laws. If the dealer has, for example, made verbal promises or didn't tell you about issues relating to your used car, you may have a cause of action. Third, Alabama's version of the Uniform Commercial Code may provide you with relief. Finally, the Truth in Lending Act and the Federal Odometer Act might also be valuable in obtaining lemon justice.

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