Lemon Law- Illinois

Description: According to the Illinois Attorney General, 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 under 8,000 pounds, Recreational vehicles (excluding trailers), vehicles in their first 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever occurs first,vehicles purchased in Illinois.

The Lemon Law DOES NOT Cover: used cars, altered or modified vehicles, motorcycles, and boats.

Lemon Law claims cannot be initiated directly through the dealer. Many consumers have lost their Lemon Law remedy because they waited longer than 12 months from the purchase date, the time period in which Lemon Law complaints must be filed, all the while believing they were proceeding under the Lemon Law through their dealer. Keep in mind – it is extremely important that you file with your designated representative before your right to do so has expired!

If the Dispute Board rules in your favor, you can expect one of the following compensations: you will receive a replacement vehicle of like or similar value or the manufacturer will buy your vehicle back from you, less the value for miles driven.

If you are dissatisfied with the decision of the Dispute Board, you may bring a civil action to enforce your rights under this Act. The manufacturer, however, may not dispute the board‘s decision.

Please see the following website for more information: http://www.ag.state.il.us/consumers/lemonlaw.html

Source: Illinois Attorney General Website
Date Last Revisited: 1/29/07