What is Illinois Lemon Law

What is Illinois Lemon Law?

Lemon is a word related with vehicle insurance. It is a type of insurance of American State that provides a remedy for purchasers of cars that repeatedly fail to meet standards of quality and performance. Lemon is a vehicle that just can’t seem to get fixed no matter what the dealer does and how many times he does it. Basically, lemon laws allow customer to return a defective vehicle if certain criteria are met. This law tries to define the certain situation that entitles consumers to their money back or a new vehicle. If your vehicle is under the Lemon laws in your state and Federal Warranty Act , you have legal rights that may allow you to obtain one of the following facilities: A new vehicle; a full refund; or partial refund for your defective vehicle.


What is Lemon Law?

The Lemon Law is designed to protect consumers that purchase new cars, trucks, SUVs and mini-vans.  As of 1993 all fifty U.S. states have passed Lemon Laws.  Each state has different standards and procedures, but all have similar coverage. There are also other Consumer Protection laws that apply to consumer product purchases.  Complaints, recalls and class actions are also an option for certain cases.  There are options for new, used and leased vehicles.

Is Lemon Law is available in Illinois?

Certainly. Basically Lemon law is made for USA. As a city of California, a state of USA, This law is available there. You can find all kinds of facilities of having a Lemon. Illinois lemon law was formulated to help consumers who buy defective vehicles which are commonly known as lemons. You also will find the lawyer to help about this matter by providing information and law steps.

What is a “Lemon” at Illinois Law?

A new vehicle – no more than a year old and still under warranty – is a “lemon” if it has a serious defect the dealer can’t fix in four tries, or it has one or many defects that prevent you from using it for 30 days or more (the 30 days need not be consecutive). Illinois Lemon Law and Federal warranty law protect consumers from being stuck with “Lemon” automobiles and other defective consumer products.


Which type of vehicle can be covered according to this law?

According to Illinois Law, only truck and car can be covered by this law.


Which defects can be covered with this law?

This law covers many types of defects of your lemon. Such as: engine, transmission, brake, steering, water leaks, paint defects, vibrations, rattles, electrical problems, pulling problems, bad Smells and many other defects.


When this law is applicable for your lemon?

In order to be covered by the Illinois Lemon Law, a vehicle must:

  • have a nonconformity that both substantially impairs the use , market value or safety of the vehicle and is not repairable by the dealer or manufacturer in at least four attempts for the same repair, or
  • Be out of service for a total of 30 or more business days.


The Lemon Law DOES Cover: New Cars (purchased or leased)

Light Trucks and vans less than 8,000 pounds

Recreational vehicles (excluding trailers)

Vehicles in their first 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever occurs first

Vehicles purchased in Illinois


What if the Illinois   Lemon Law does NOT apply?

If the defects with your vehicle do not meet the requirements of the Lemon Law, you may have claims under other state and federal laws that protect owners of new or used vehicles.


How Does the Lemon Law Work?

Manufacturers establish an Industry Third Party Dispute Resolution Program to evaluate your claim. You can find information about this program in your vehicle ownership manual. To initiate action under the Lemon Law, contact the designated manufacturer representative for your vehicle. This representative will forward the required information and forms to you.


What will you do when you get problems?

If you are experiencing problems with your automobile, you should first take the automobile to the manufacturer’s authorized dealership for repair. If the dealer is unable to resolve your problem, you should discuss the matter with the service manager. If the service manager is unable to resolve your problem, you should contact the manufacturer via telephone or in writing. If you are unable to get satisfaction after you gone through these steps, you should contact a lemon law attorney to find out more about your rights.

But remember, DO NOT leave the dealership without your repair order (no repair order means no proof of repair). Make sure the repair order accurately reflects the date you dropped off the vehicle for repair and the date you picked up the vehicle when the repairs were completed and make sure the dealership accurately describes your complaints in your words, not the dealership’s words.