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Idaho Lemon Law FAQs

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How We Can Help Your Lemon Law Situation?

It is estimated that more than 150,000 cars annually, or about one percent of all new cars, are cons...

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It is estimated that more than 150,000 cars annually, or about one percent of all new cars, are considered lemons. Although state and federal lemon laws vary, a lemon is generally considered any vehicle that has repeated defects or non-conformities that cannot be repaired after a reasonable time or a reasonable number of attempts. If you want to take advantage of state and federal lemon laws for car purchases, it’s important to understand what qualifies as a lemon and what steps you need to take to put yourself in the best position to receive maximum possible relief under the law. The attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® have worked in this area of law since 1995 and can help you assess your claims and counsel you on the best course of action for moving forward. Should you qualify for relief, we will do our best to ensure that you settle your claims for what the law entitles, which may be a refund for your car, a replacement vehicle, or monetary compensation in other instances. We will also not charge you a fee unless you win or settle your case.

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What is a reasonable number of repair attempts to repair my car?

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Before being able to reap the benefits of the lemon law, you must allow the manufacturer or dealer to make a reasonable number of attempts or you must provide them with a reasonable time to fix the issues before your vehicle may be considered a lemon. Although every state law varies, most states require that the consumer provide the manufacturer or its dealers with at least3 times or 30 days to fix a vehicle defect or non-conformity. In some states, as little as 1 repair attempt may be sufficient to deem a car a lemon if the defect is something that affects the safety of the vehicle.

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What are types of defects that are covered by lemon laws?

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Most state lemon laws require that for the car owner or lessee to recover, they must prove that the defect or non-conformity substantially impairs the use, value or safety of the vehicle. Every situation is unique and a defect that you might not ordinarily think is substantial, very well might be depending on how it affects you. For instance, even something that is seemingly as minor as the illumination of a light on your dash board might signify a larger problem. Or, something like a brake squeak might be substantial if it affects your use and enjoyment of the vehicle every time you get behind the wheel. It is for this reason that you should speak to an experienced lemon law attorney who may assess your rights and tell you their opinion on what you may recover. Keep in mind, that the federal Lemon Law has no requirement that the defects in the vehicle be substantial. Rather, the federal Act looks to the obligations of the manufacturer to repair your vehicle as detailed in your warranty. Notably, the typical car manufacturer’s warranty promises to repair all defects in materials and workmanship in the vehicle. It does not restrictcoverage to only “substantial” defects. Therefore, even minor defects are covered under the federal Act if the manufacturer,by and through its dealers, was unable to repair the vehicle after being afforded a reasonable opportunity to do so.

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What Is Considered a Lemon?

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For a vehicle to be considered a lemon, it must meet certain requirements. While each state is different, there are some general things that hold true across the board. First of all, the vehicle needs to have some type of defect or non-conformity. Under most state laws, the defect must have taken place within a specific period of time or a certain number of miles after the vehicle was purchased or leased. Additionally, most state lemon laws require that the defect or non-conformity could not be fixed after several repair attempts. While state lemon laws for cars usually only apply to new, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, also known as the federal Lemon Law, applies to all cars covered by a warranty, whether the car is new or used. It is important that you speak to an experienced lemon law attorney who may assess your rights.

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What happens after I contact the attorneys at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®?

We will first evaluate at no charge to you whether you have a case and what we can do for you. To st...

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We will first evaluate at no charge to you whether you have a case and what we can do for you. To start the process, we will ask you to provide us with your repair history, i.e. either the actual repair receipts you received or some summary from the dealer. After we review your repair history we will call you and advise you about what laws you qualify for and what relief we believe we can obtain for you. We will also go over with you in detail how we will use federal and/or state laws to seek our attorneys’ fees incurred from the automobile manufacturer or dealer. From there, the pace of your case will depend on a number of variables. We will begin the process of investigating and contacting the appropriate parties, while tending to the filing of any necessary paperwork or court documentation. Keep in mind that each state’s Lemon Law varies and our attorneys will tailor your claim to the specific location and details of your case.

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How do I find out if my situation qualifies for a Lemon Law case?

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As one of the country’s largest and most experienced Lemon Law firms, Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® makes it easy to determine whether or not you have a case against an automobile dealer or manufacturer. Simply fill out our FREE Case Evaluator form to begin the process. One of our qualified lemon law attorneys will review your information free of charge and immediately let you know the next step in getting started.

Idaho Lemon Law

For almost as long as there have been cars, automobile manufacturers have been making “lemons.” Unfortunately, car manufacturers seem simply unable to ensure that every vehicle they sell lives up to new car standards as an alarming number of vehicles experience recurring defects and problems which make ownership a source of stress rather than of joy.

Covered Vehicles

The Idaho Lemon Law provides protection for Idaho consumers who buy or lease a car, truck or van under a manufacturer’s written warranty. It covers vehicles which weigh less than 12,000 pounds and are used principally for personal, family or household purposes. However, the Idaho Lemon Law does not cover motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, trailers or farm tractors.

Idaho consumers who purchase vehicles which are not covered by Idaho Lemon Law are not without legal protection. The federal lemon law can often fill in the gaps as the federal lemon law covers all consumer products purchased under warranty, including ATVs and motorcycles, as well as household products, electronics and even toys. Idaho consumers may have rights under one or both of these laws and an experienced attorney at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® can help you to determine whether you are entitled to relief under the Idaho Lemon Law, the federal lemon law or both.

Covered Defects

The Idaho Lemon Law protects consumers against “nonconformities” in their new cars – a term defined by the law to mean a defect which substantially lowers the market value of your car or substantially impairs your use of the car. However, the Idaho Lemon Law only provides protection against nonconformities for two (2) years from the date you received your car, the first twenty-four thousand (24,000) miles of driving or the expiration of the car’s warranty – whichever of these comes first. The federal lemon law again provides broader protection with respect to coverage as the federal lemon law extends protection to the full term of the manufacturer’s written warranty.

Requisite Number of Repair Attempts

Under the Idaho Lemon Law, the manufacturer’s first obligation is to repair the vehicle. Unfortunately, in many cases a “lemon” cannot be repaired: each time the manufacturer fixes it, the problem recurs and/or new problems emerge. Thus, the Idaho Lemon Law was enacted primarily to provide consumers with additional relief when repairs fail.

Before you qualify for additional relief, however, you must allow the manufacturer a “reasonable number of attempts” to repair the vehicle. The Idaho Lemon Law defines a “reasonable number of attempts” as four (4) or more times to fix a single, recurring problem, one (1) time to fix a problem with the steering or braking systems of the car (when the problem would likely cause death or serious injury to the driver, passengers, or others), or at least thirty (30) business days of repairs, regardless of the number of defects involved or whether those days are in a row or spread out over multiple repair attempts.

Once the manufacturer has been permitted a “reasonable number of attempts” to repair the vehicle, the purchaser must then send final written notice of the problems to the manufacturer by certified mail. The manufacturer is then entitled to perform one (1) final repair attempt. If this attempt fails, the buyer is entitled to additional relief. If an agreement cannot be reached and the the manufacturer has put in place a government-approved arbitration program, the consumer first must participate in that program before seeking relief in court.

Available Relief

Under the Idaho Lemon Law, once you have met the requirements discussed above, the consumer is entitled to elect a refund or replacement vehicle. If a refund is requested, the manufacturer must include the full purchase price of the car and other incidental expenses that includes, but may not be limited to, any taxes paid and any towing or other expenses you incurred as a result of the defects. The manufacturer is however entitled to deduct a reasonable mileage allowance for your use of the car while you owned it but the amount is determined by a mathematical formula clearly stated in the Idaho Lemon Law.

Call Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® or submit your information to us online to see if you qualify under state or federal lemon laws. You may be entitled to a refund, a replacement vehicle or cash compensation for your “sour lemon.” We have handled thousands of claims since 1995 for both “lemon” automobiles and other consumer products and since that time, over 97% of our cases have settled without going to trial. We will work to get your claim settled as quickly as possible.

We work with Idaho attorneys associated with Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® in of-counsel relationships to handle lemon law claims for consumers in Idaho. We stay informed of the newest legal developments so you can get the best results for your lemon law claim.

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