If you are a consumer of a defective new automobile, understanding law lemon Nevada could be the first step toward receiving compensation. The term lemon law refers to autos that are defective or develop issues even after numerous repairs.
Nevada lemon laws have been implemented to protect consumers. Different states have different laws pertaining to if a car qualifies as a lemon. Below you’ll find a summary of the Nevada lemon laws, what you should do if you think your car is a lemon, and lemon law resources.
One of the main things to consider as to whether Nevada’s lemon law
applies to your case is whether your vehicle is new vs. used. A
majority of lemon law state statutes, including Nevada's, apply only to
new cars. However, some states do have provisions under their
used car lemon laws.
The issue is specifically linked to your vehicle’s warranty. New cars are sold with vehicle warranties that specify coverage for a specified number of miles or months. It is under the umbrella of this warranty that the lemon law generally applies. If your state does not have specified lemon laws for used cars and you purchased your used car with a warranty, federal lemon laws may apply.
The following are the key aspects of the law lemon Nevada. In order
for your car to qualify, the following conditions must be met:
• The lemon law applies to new motor vehicles normally used for personal, family or household purposes, except motor homes or off-road vehicles.
• The car must have had at least 4 repair attempts or have 30 calendar days where the car was out of service.
• The coverage period is the express warranty period or 1 year, whichever occurs first.
• Filing to claim the lemon law must occur within 18 months from vehicle delivery.
If the above conditions are met the manufacturer is required to do one of the following:
1. Replace the vehicle with a comparable or similar model with like features.
2. Refund the total purchase price less reasonable cost for usage.
First, if you want to possibly make a lemon law claim, documentation is key. Keep detailed records of all problems, repairs performed, and the amount of time your car is unavailable while repairs are being made. Without these documents, proving your car is a lemon will be a challenge. If you did not collect documents when problems first arose, ask the dealer for the repair records.
To help you organize your documentation, click on this link for a repair log:
Lemon Law Repair Log
Second, in order to potentially invoke the Nevada lemon laws, you must communicate with the dealer attempting to fix the vehicle that you feel your car qualifies. If the dealer is not complying, contact the manufacturer directly, detailing the problem. When contacting the manufacturer, specifically ask for their procedure for making a lemon law claim.
A final step you can take is to hire a lemon law attorney. The good news is that the lawyer fees are generally free to the consumer. If an attorney who specializes in Nevada lemon laws loses your case, they don’t get paid. If they win, the manufacturer pays the legal fees. Thus, if you do not feel like the dealer or manufacture has provided sufficient restitution, hiring a lemon law lawyer is definitely worth the effort.
If your situation does not fall into the realm of the Nevada lemon laws, there are other options. Another potential resource is the federal lemon law. This statute is called the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act. In general it falls under the breach of warranty (BOW) theory. Restitution under this act is different than under than Nevada lemon laws. Instead of reimbursement for the vehicle, restitution is the difference between the Kelly blue book value of the car in excellent conditions vs. good or poor condition.
Again, if you are unclear if the law lemon Nevada applies to your situation, a lemon law attorney can be hired at no cost to you to determine if the federal lemon law applies to your case.
If you have specific questions regarding the Nevada lemon laws, you can also contact the Nevada Attorney General’s Office at the following address:
Attorney General's Office
555 E. Washington Ave Suite #3900
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
The Better Business Bureau also has a printable summary of the law lemon Nevada: BBB Lemon Law State Statutes