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Unfortunately, lemon laws do not protect buyers who purchased used cars in Illinois. Lemon laws in Illinois only protected buyers who purchase new cars. Further, contrary to popular belief, there's no right to rescind most contracts.A buyer has a responsibility to adequately inspect and have his mechanic evaluate a vehicle to discover defects or mechanical problems. That said, if a seller fails to disclose a defect when asked about the defect or if a seller covers up a defect so that it cannot be detected through reasonable inspection, the buyer may have a basis for legal action. Accordingly, if an individual buys a defective used car, he may wish to have his attorney evaluate the circumstances of the sale, the conduct of the dealership, and the nature of the defect to determine whether or not misrepresentations might have been used to procure the sale. The individual's attorney may also negotiate with the dealership for possible price reductions or even free repair of the defect in the dealer's shop, as some dealers may readily negotiate regarding such matters.
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