Idaho Lemon Law Summary
STANDARDS OF THE IDAHO LEMON LAW
The following is a brief explanation of most relevant provisions of the Idaho lemon law.
The complete text of the lemon law can be found at Idaho Code section 48-901 et seq.
The Idaho lemon law covers motor vehicles that are sold or licensed in Idaho. The
lemon law appears to cover used vehicles, but does not cover motorcycles, farm tractors,
trailers, or motor vehicles with a gross laden weight over 12, 000 pounds.
The lemon law covers the following “consumers”:
1. The purchaser or lessee, other than for purposes of resale or sublease, of a new
motor vehicle used for personal business use or personal, family, or household
2. A person to whom the new motor vehicle is transferred for the same purposes during
the duration of an express warranty applicable to the motor vehicle.
The lemon law applies to vehicle converters.
The lemon law covers any defect or condition that impairs the use or market value of the
motor vehicle to the consumer. This is referred to as a nonconformity.
The lemon law provides manufacturers with an affirmative defense if it can be shown
that the nonconformity is the result of abuse, neglect, or unauthorized modifications or
alterations of the motor vehicle by anyone other than the manufacturer, its agent or
MANUFACTURER’S DUTY TO REPAIR
If a motor vehicle does not conform to all applicable express warranties, and the
consumer reports the nonconformity to the manufacturer, its agent or authorized dealer
during the earlier of:
1. The term of the applicable express warranties;
2. The period of two years following the date of the motor vehicle’s original delivery to a
3. The period ending on the date on which the mileage on the motor vehicle reaches
More at: bbb.org/us/auto-line/state-lemon-laws/