Illinois Lemon Law

There are two types of consumer protection statutes that help consumers with their defective vehicles in the State of Illinois: an Illinois statute called the Illinois New Vehicle Buyer Protection Act and a federal statute commonly called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

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The Illinois New Vehicle Buyer Protection Act, is a Illinois statute (815 ILCS 380/1 et seq.) and has eight (8) sections.

Section 1. Title
This Act shall be known and may be cited as the New Vehicle Buyer Protection Act. (815 ILCS 380/1, Source: P.A. 83-768).

Section 2. Definitions For the purposes of this Act, the following words have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section.

(815 ILCS 380/2, Source: P.A. 86-898)



Section 3. Failure of vehicle to conform; remedies; presumptions

(815 ILCS 380/3, Source: P.A. 86-898).



Section 4. Informal Settlement Procedure (a) The provisions of subsection (a) of Section 3 (815 ILCS 380/3(a) shall not apply unless the consumer has first resorted to an informal settlement procedure applicable to disputes to which that subsection would apply where

(b) If the consumer is dissatisfied with the decision reached in an informal dispute settlement procedure or the results of such a decision, he may bring a civil action to enforce his rights under subsection (a) of Section 3 (815 ILCS 380/3(a)). The decision reached in the informal dispute settlement procedure is admissible in such a civil action. The period of limitations for a civil action to enforce a consumer's rights or remedies under subsection (a) of Section 3 (815 ILCS 380/3(a)) shall be extended for a period equal to the number of days the subject matter of the civil action was pending in the informal dispute settlement procedure.

(c) A disclosure of the decision in an informal dispute settlement procedure shall include notice to the consumer of the provisions of subsection (b).
(815 ILCS 380/3, Source: P.A. 85-1350).



Section 5. Separate action under Uniform Commercial Code Persons electing to proceed and settle under this Act shall be barred from a separate cause of action under the Uniform Commercial Code (810 ILCS 5/1-101, et seq.).
(815 ILCS 380/5, Source: P.A. 85-1350).

Section 6. Limitations period Any action brought under this Act shall be commenced within eighteen months following the date of original delivery of the motor vehicle to the consumer.
(815 ILCS 380/6, Source: P.A. 83-768).

Section 7. Statement of consumer’s rights The seller who sells a new vehicle to a consumer, shall, upon delivery of that vehicle to the consumer, provide the consumer with a written statement clearly and conspicuously setting forth in full detail the consumer's rights under subsection (a) of Section 3 (815 ILCS 380/3(a)), and the presumptions created by subsection (b) of that Section.
(815 ILCS 380/7, Source: P.A. 83-768).

Section 8. Application of Act This Act shall apply to motor vehicles beginning with the model year following the effective date of this Act.
(815 ILCS 380/8, Source: P.A. 83-768).

The Magnuson Moss Warranty Act is a federal statute that provides broader protection for consumers and their defective vehicles. For additional information regarding how these statutes apply to your “lemon” car, contact us for a FREE CASE REVIEW.