A “lemon car” describes a Idaho vehicle that you purchased that has a manufacturing defect that cannot be repaired, and which has resulted in reducing the usability, safety, or value of the car.
Under the Idaho lemon law, it is the car manufacturer’s responsibility to make things right if your vehicle qualifies as a lemon.
This page will provide you with a simple overview of the lemon law requirements, criteria, and process in Idaho.
For more information regarding your own vehicle, be sure to contact legal counsel or your state’s consumer’s affairs office.
What is the Idaho Lemon Law?
The Idaho lemon law sets requirements for car manufacturers to refund or replace vehicles that have safety or quality defects that cannot be repaired.
If your vehicle qualifies, you can typically choose to either:
- Have the vehicle replaced with a new one.
- Be refunded for the purchase of the lemon.
Does lemon law apply to used cars in Idaho?
No, used cars are not covered.
Lemon Law Criteria in Idaho
In order to qualify for Idaho’s lemon law, the vehicle must meet one of the following criteria:
- 4 failed repair attempts.
- 1 unsuccessful repair of a braking or steering issue that is likely to result in serious injury or death.
- Vehicle is out-of-service for 30 business days.
The above issue must occur within 2 years or 24,000 miles.
What to Do if Your Car is a Lemon in Idaho
If you believe you’ve purchased a lemon car in Idaho, the process will go something like this:
- Make the necessary attempts to have the issue repaired under the manufacturer’s warranty.
- Keep records and documentation of all service, communication, and estimates from the dealer, manufacturer, or other authorized agent.
- If you believe the vehicle meets the criteria of a lemon, notify the manufacturer to begin the lemon-law remedy process.
For official information or legal advice pertaining to your specific circumstances, please contact your attorney or the Idaho consumer protection agency.