State Lemon Laws

Illinois Lemon Law Advice

Illinois's lemon laws are moderate relative to those of other states. The number of repair attempts required for a car to qualify as a lemon is high, which favors the manufacturer, but the warranty period is also longer than that of most states, which favors the consumer.

Illinois Lemon Law Rating: 3 (neutral - neither in favor of nor against the consumer)

Vehicles Covered:

  • New cars, light trucks, and vans
  • Includes recreational vehicles
  • Excludes motorcycles

What constitutes a "lemon":

  • Four attempts to repair the vehicle OR
  • 30 calendar days out of service
Valid for:
  • The first of 12 months or 12,000 miles
What to do if you suspect you have a lemon in Illinois:
  • Immediately draft a letter to the manufacturer of your automobile informing them of the defects you are experiencing. It is a good idea to send this letter via certified mail.
  • Ensure that you save ALL documentation related to your automobile repairs

*Life-threatening defects that can qualify your car as a lemon include loss of steering, sudden stalling, loss of braking, and other extremely serious flaws.

Lemon Laws in Other States

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