Idaho Lemon Law Info – ID Lemon Law Attorneys

What is the Lemon Law in Idaho?

In the state of Idaho, if your vehicle is determined to be a lemon, you are entitled to a refund of your money minus a deduction for mileage from the mileage at the first repair, and the manufacturer also pays off your loan, and you return the vehicle to the manufacturer. Or in the alternative, you’re entitled to a replacement vehicle. You’d be entitled to a new vehicle in place of your current vehicle, and there’s also the possibility of cash compensation where you keep your vehicle. In all of those instances, the manufacturer’s required to pay the attorney’s fees as well.

What vehicles Are Covered Under the Idaho Lemon Law?

Idaho lemon law covers new passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, and trucks under 12,000 pounds, as well as used vehicles that are sold during the new car warranty period with manufacturer’s warranties that are purchased, leased, or licensed in Idaho. In order to be considered a “lemon,” the vehicle must meet the following requirements:

  • Purchased or licensed in Idaho
  • 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 two years from the delivery date, the first 24,000 miles on the odometer, or before the express warranty expires (whichever comes first)
  • Has been taken in one time for a steering or braking system failure that could cause death or serious bodily injury; has been taken in four times for the same defect; or the vehicle has been in for service for a cumulative total of 30 business days AND the warranty has expired, or two years from the delivery date have passed, or the vehicle has exceeded 24,000 miles (whichever comes first)
  • You have notified the manufacturer via certified mail and the manufacturer has had the opportunity to make a final repair attempt
  • The vehicle is used primarily for individual, family, or household purposes or is used for personal business reasons

Idaho Code, Title 48, Chapter 9, Sections 901-913 is the state’s lemon law.

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Does the Idaho Lemon Law apply to used cars?

Typically a vehicle that is purchased used may still qualify as a lemon if it was purchased and the problems occurred while the vehicle was still under the manufacturers new car warranty or possibly covered by a certified pre-owned warranty or extended warranty. Finally it should be noted that a used vehicle that is purchased as is and without a warranty cannot qualify as a lemon under the ID Lemon Law.

Getting Lemon Justice — Relief Under Idaho Law

Idaho 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, not to exceed 105% of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price
  • Sales tax
  • License and registration fees
  • Reimbursement for towing and rental car expenses
  • Attorney fees

The amount of the refund may be reduced by a deduction for your use of the vehicle before the arbitration hearing, which is calculated by multiplying the mileage by the purchase price, and dividing that amount by 120,000.

Pursuing a ID Lemon Law Claim

If you want to pursue a claim under Idaho’s Lemon Law, you must notify the manufacturer of the problem with your vehicle before the expiration of the written warranty, the vehicle is driven 24,000 miles, or two years from the date of delivery passes. The manufacturer has the opportunity to fix it one last time. You must send the notice via certified mail, with a return receipt requested. See an example of a demand letter that you can adapt and mail yourself.

If the problem still isn’t fixed after the final repair attempt, before filing a lawsuit you must file a request for arbitration with the manufacturer’s dispute resolution process (if the manufacturer requires it). You must file your request within one year after the Lemon Law rights period has ended. The arbitrator’s decision is not binding, and you or the manufacturer may file a lawsuit to appeal or remove the decision.

Hiring a Lemon Law Lawyer in Idaho

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.

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 a lemon, give us a call today. We understand your frustration, and will do our best to deliver the justice you deserve.

What Happens When You Hire a Lemon Law Lawyer?

A good lemon lawyer will work on your behalf to get the compensation to which you’re entitled – typically in the form of a refund, a replacement vehicle, or a cash settlement. Your Lemon Law attorney will ask you for all of your records, such as repair orders and correspondence, that pertain to your lemon. Your lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation of your vehicle’s repair history, then present the manufacturer with a statement outlining your case and demanding full recovery. More often than not, the manufacturer will settle; if not, though, your Lemon Law attorney should be prepared to sue the manufacturer. Your lawyer should be able to resolve your case within one to two months.

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1 COMMENT
  • Ray

    We have bought a 2020 cf moto side by side. it has been in the shop for 5 months now. Is this covered under a lemon law.WE live in Idaho.

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