Lemon Law in Illinois

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You don’t need to wary of purchasing a lemon. Illinois Lemon Law offers buyers the protection against faulty vehicles in the market. In general, if you purchase a faulty vehicle unknowingly and attempt to get it repaired by the manufacturer several times, you will be entitled to a refund of your money or a replacement vehicle. Basically in this article, we have detailed the basic details of lemon law in Illinois and the steps to take if you fall a victim of a lemon.

Vehicles covered

  • New cars
  • Vehicles purchased in Illinois
  • Light trucks and vans under 8,000 lbs
  • RVs
  • Vehicles within its first 12,000 miles or 1 year old or less, or whichever comes first.

Vehicles not covered

  • Used cars
  • Motorcycles
  • Trailers
  • Boats
  • Vehicles that have been altered or modified

Even if your vehicle type is not covered under Illinois Lemon Law, you may still have warranty protection rights as stipulated by state of Illinois warranty act. The Illinois Lemon Law also covers leased vehicles with the same restrictions and requirements with that of purchased vehicles.

Filing your complaints

You don’t need an attorney to get compensation if you truly have a lemon. Under Illinois lemon law, you can comfortably argue your case as long as you provide the required documentation. However, the law can be complicated if you are not well versed with consumer protection laws. If this is your case, you may hire an experienced attorney to help you argue your case.

Criteria of Illinois lemon law

If your new vehicle that you leased or purchased is faulty and that its value, use or safety is compromised, you can evoke a lemon law, but you are required to meet one of the following conditions:

  • The manufacturer or authorized dealer has made up to 4 unsuccessful attempts to fix the defects
  • The vehicle has been out of service for 30 days or more.

If your vehicle falls under one of the above criteria, then you might invoke Illinois lemon law to get compensation. Be sure that you have all documents in place before you report your complaints to the Office of the Attorney General or to any Dispute Resolution Board. If you feel that you can’t argue the case yourself, you can hire the services of a qualified attorney for representation. If your car truly qualifies for a Lemon Law protection, a good lawyer will not ask you for upfront legal fees. He will accept to represent you and deduct his legal fees when the case is decided in your favor.

Illinois lemon law Documentation

You need the following documents when filing your complaints:

  • Purchase or lease documents
  • Maintain records including maintenance receipts showing the cost incurred
  • Evidence of communication with your dealer/manufacturer (letters, phone call records, emails)
  • All documents/photos showing the defects
  • Repair records.

If You Win Your Lemon Law Claim

If you win the case, you will be entitled for a refund of your purchase price or lease payment. The refund you receive include the actual price of the vehicle, any trade in allowances, license and registration fees, sales tax and other application fees. Incentives, debts and rebates from other transactions aren’t included in the refund.