Illinois Lemon Law Info – IL Lemon Law Attorneys

What is the Lemon Law in Illinois?

In the state of Illinois, 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 Illinois Lemon Law?

Illinois lemon law covers new passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, and trucks under 8,000 pounds, used vehicles that are sold during the new car warranty period with manufacturer’s warranties, and motor homes that are purchased, leased, or licensed in IL.

In order to be considered a “lemon,” the vehicle must meet the following requirements:

  • Purchased in Illinois
  • 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 year from the delivery date or the first 12,000 miles on the odometer (whichever comes first)
  • Has been taken in four times for the same defect or has been out of service for 30 business days
  • The vehicle is used primarily for individual, family, or household purposes

Illinois Revised Statutes, Chapter 815, Section 380 is the state’s lemon law.

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Does the Illinois 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 IL Lemon Law.

Getting Lemon Justice — Relief Under Illinois Lemon Law

Illinois 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
  • Collateral charges

The amount of the refund may be reduced by a deduction for your use of the vehicle before you first took your vehicle in for repair.

Pursuing a IL Lemon Law Claim

Under Illinois lemon law, you must notify the manufacturer of the problem with your vehicle within one year of taking delivery of the vehicle, or within the first 12,000 miles on the odometer (whichever comes first). The manufacturer has the opportunity to fix it one last time.

You must first use the manufacturer’s third-party dispute resolution program. If you are dissatisfied with the dispute board’s decision, you can enforce your lemon law rights by filing a lawsuit. The manufacturer cannot challenge the dispute board’s decision.

Hiring a Lemon Law Lawyer in Illinois

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 an Illinois 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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2 COMMENTS
  • Taylor K

    I recently bought a 2018 Dodge Journey with that only had 18 miles on it. Today my fiancé woke up and started my car by using the push start button inside the car. It started, but when he shut the door, the keys were inside and the doors locked themselves. My car was running with the keys locked inside for an hour. I had to call the police station to get them to break into my car, and the police officer asked if this had happened before because there were traces of someone else leaving scuff marks on the door of the car before I bought it. Because I bought this car with hardly any miles on it. Someone from the dealership must have had the same problem with locking their keys inside of the car and had to break into it. This is a common event that wasn’t warned about with the power locks, and the ignition. It is going in the shop Thursday but they said they were at a loss of why that would happen because the key fob is brand new.

  • Tracy M

    Bought a new 18 car in January, made a whinning noise when starting, has been in and out of dealer 3xs for same issue. They have replaced power streering, reservoir, coolant system and hoses. Problem still there, each visit my car is there for 1.5 weeks at a time, this last time car still there and starting into 2 weeks now and they cant figure out why is makes the noise. 2018 dodge journey. Dont know if it qualifies for Illinois lemon law.

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