The Lemon Law in Illinois

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The Illinois Lemon Law is also known as the Illinois’s New Vehicle Buyer Protection Act. It protects the customer who bought or leased a new car, pickup, truck or van as long as this does not exceed 8,000 pounds. There are no warranties here but it provides people a remedy if the dealer fails to live up to its commitment.

Leased vehicles are also covered under the lemon law as long as this was leased for 4 months and that 40% of the time this is used for personal, family or household use. It does not cover used cars, altered or modified vehicles, motorcycles and boats.

The statutory warranty period where the lemon law applies is to vehicles for one year or 12,000 miles whichever comes first. If the warranty expires, then the law no longer applies. However, if the warranty expires, the dealer is still required to fix it because this was first reported during the warranty period.

If the manufacturer is not able to fix the problem after repeated attempts, the law states that the customer has the right to go to the manufacturers arbitration program or to court in order to get a full refund or a replacement vehicle.

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