What is lemon law in Nevada?

Lemon law allows those who purchase a vehicle the right to file a claim for compensation when their vehicle has a defect and they’ve taken the car to service multiple times. Each state has different lemon laws in place that determine exactly what makes a vehicle or lemon, and when a consumer needs to file their claim by.

What is a lemon car in Nevada?

In Nevada, a car is considered a lemon if the car has a defect and the car is not drivable. This means if the car could not be used as intended, the vehicle purchaser has the right to file a lemon law claim. It is considered illegal for a car manufacturer to sell a non-drivable vehicle.

Does Nevada have a Lemon Law for used cars?

In Nevada, used cars could still qualify under lemon law as long as the vehicle had an express warranty. This means that even if the vehicle had a first owner, you still have the right to file a lemon law claim If the dealership gave you a warranty that the car was fit to drive.

Are attorney’s fees covered under Nevada lemon law?

Different states have different ways that a consumer could get compensated when they file a Lemon Law claim. For example, in California, the consumer has the right to recover attorneys fees if they win their lemon law claim. But, Nevada does not have this law. In Nevada, you do not have the right to recover attorneys fees, even if you win in court. 

Because there are so many components in a vehicle, there are so many things that could go wrong. If your car has experienced any of the above problems or any other problems that you think led to a lemon car, give us a call today.

What will I receive when I file a lemon law claim in Nevada? 

Nevada’s lemon laws require that a vehicle manufacturer provide a replacement vehicle for any cars that have been considered a lemon. The car must be substantially similar to the first car that had a defect. 

What is a lemon law arbitration in Nevada? 

Arbitration is a requirement under Nevada lemon law in order for a consumer to recover a replacement vehicle. A consumer will not be able to get a replacement vehicle if they have not notified the other party of their willingness to go to arbitration. Arbitration is when a third party gets involved in the case and determines if the car manufacturer is at fault. This is somewhat of a settlement that both parties could agree to. You do not necessarily have to agree to what the arbitrator proposes. 

When should I file my lemon law claim in Nevada?

Each state has a different statute of limitations that determine exactly when you could file your lemon lawsuit. Keep in mind that it depends on where you purchased your vehicle from. Our attorneys are knowledgeable in both California and Nevada law.

In Nevada, a lemon law claim must be filed within 18 months after the vehicle was delivered,  or before the vehicle hits 18,000 miles of driving. The Court takes a look at which is sooner. Give our attorneys a call to determine exactly when you should file your Nevada lemon law claim.

How do you file a lemon law case in Nevada?

To initiate a lemon law case for your vehicle in Nevada, it’s necessary to inform the car manufacturer and the dealer in writing about the defects you’ve encountered with your vehicle. The first step involves filing a complaint with the car manufacturer. This is due to the processes manufacturers have in place to settle claims before they reach the courtroom. Going to court can be expensive, so addressing the issue directly with the manufacturer might prove to be a more cost-effective and quicker solution.

What type of damages could I recover for my lemon law claim in Nevada?

Under Nevada Revised Statute 597.688,  one who purchases a defective vehicle and successfully follows a lemon law claim against a car manufacturer has the right to get financial damages. Under this statute, you could recover:

  • Costs of filing the case in court 
  • Loss in value of the vehicle
  • Loss in use of the vehicle
  • Medical bills if you were injured in a car accident
  • Loss of income if you are involved in an accident
  • Punitive damages (in very rare cases)

Lemon Law Car Manufacturers In Nevada 

Under Nevada law, a car manufacturer must replace or refund the defective vehicle to the vehicle purchaser. there are different ways that a manufacturer must compensate the purchaser. Some examples of steps a Nevada car manufacturer must take include:

  • Reimbursing the dealer for the service
  • Reimbursing the vehicle owner for the service
  • Requiring the Department of Motor Vehicles to document the vehicle as a “lemon”
  • Notifying any future buyers that the vehicle is a lemon

What is a product defect?

Lemon law is a part of a broader legal concept known as product liability. This theory holds that if a product has a defect making it unsafe for use, the manufacturer or seller can be held responsible. Product liability applies not just to vehicles but also to a wide range of items, including household appliances, children’s toys, canned foods, and more. It’s a specialized legal area necessitating a highly skilled attorney. When selecting an attorney for your Nevada lemon law claim, it’s crucial to ensure they have relevant experience in handling cases similar to yours.

What will our Nevada lemon law attorneys do?

  1. Our highly qualified attorneys will take a look at the case that you have to determine if we could build a strong claim in your favor. Some factors that we take into consideration include the vehicle make, age, defects, warranty information, and the number of times that you took the vehicle to get serviced. 
  2.  Our top-rated attorneys will negotiate and communicate with the Vehicle Manufacturer to make sure that your claim is well represented and you get the compensation you deserve. An example of compensation includes a replacement or a refund for the price that you paid.
  3. In the event that we are not able to settle with the automobile manufacturer, we will file a lawsuit in court.
  4. We are always available 24/7 for our clients to answer any questions or concerns that our clients may have regarding their cases. Lemon law cases may have our clients thinking of various different questions, and we are available 24/7 to answer any questions.

Importance of Legal Representation in Lemon Law Claims

Navigating the intricacies of lemon law claims can be complex and demanding. Legal representation is highly beneficial in such cases, as experienced attorneys can help identify whether your situation qualifies under the state’s lemon law, prepare necessary documentation, and represent you in arbitration or court proceedings. They can also negotiate directly with manufacturers and potentially secure a quicker and more favorable resolution. Attorneys understand the procedural nuances and will ensure that filings are timely and in compliance with state laws, maximizing the chance for a successful outcome.

Potential Outcomes and Consumer Responsibilities in Lemon Law Claims

Understanding the potential outcomes of a lemon law claim is essential for consumers. If a vehicle is adjudged a lemon, the manufacturer might either replace it or offer a refund, which can involve specific calculations for usage. Consumers must maintain meticulous records of all repair attempts, communications, and transactions related to the vehicle’s issues. Such documentation plays a critical role in substantiating the claim. It’s also the consumer’s responsibility to comply with the specific requirements and timelines set by Nevada lemon law to avoid dismissal of their claims. Awareness of these responsibilities and proactive management of the claim process is crucial for enforcing consumer rights under the lemon law.

Common Questions and Answers

What qualifies a vehicle as a “lemon” under Nevada Law?

Under Nevada law, a vehicle is termed as a “lemon” if it has a significant defect covered by the warranty that occurs within a certain timeframe or mileage from purchase — typically within one year or 18,000 miles, whichever comes first. The defect must substantially impair the vehicle’s use, value, or safety, and the manufacturer must be unable to fix the defect after a reasonable number of attempts.

How many repair attempts must be made before a vehicle is considered a lemon in Nevada?

In Nevada, a vehicle is considered a lemon if the manufacturer has made four unsuccessful attempts to repair the same issue or the vehicle has been out of service for a cumulative total of 30 days for repairs during the warranty period. Either situation provides grounds for a lemon law claim.

Can a lemon law claim be applied to leased vehicles in Nevada?

Yes, Nevada’s lemon laws extend to both purchased and leased new vehicles. As long as the vehicle is under warranty and meets the state’s criteria for a lemon due to defects impacting its use, safety, or value, lessees are equally entitled to seek remedies under the lemon law.

What remedies are available if my car is declared a lemon in Nevada?

If your vehicle is declared a lemon in Nevada, the law requires the manufacturer to either replace the vehicle with a new, comparable model or refund the purchase price, minus a reasonable allowance for your use of the vehicle. The choice between replacement or refund typically rests with the consumer.

Is there a fee for filing a lemon law claim in Nevada?

While there may be no specific fee for filing a lemon law claim, consumers might incur costs associated with legal representation or gathering necessary documentation unless they proceed without an attorney. However, cost considerations can vary based on individual cases.

How does Nevada lemon law handle vehicle repurchase calculations?

When repurchasing a lemon vehicle under Nevada law, the manufacturer must refund the full purchase price including taxes, registration fees, and any other government charges. The refund will be reduced by a deduction for the consumer’s use of the vehicle, calculated from the mileage at the first repair attempt for the defect.

Are there lemon laws for motor homes and motorcycles in Nevada?

Yes, Nevada’s lemon laws cover motor homes (excluding the portions dedicated to housing) and motorcycles, as long as they are new and have defects covered by the manufacturer’s warranty that significantly impair their use, value, or safety.

What documents are necessary to file a lemon law claim in Nevada?

When filing a lemon law claim in Nevada, it is crucial to provide comprehensive documentation including the purchase contract, warranty, all repair orders showing the vehicle’s defect(s), records of communication with the manufacturer or dealer, and any other relevant correspondence or documents.

What if the manufacturer denies my lemon law claim in Nevada?

If a lemon law claim is denied by the manufacturer in Nevada, the consumer has the right to appeal the decision. This can involve arbitration or pursuing the case in court. It is advisable to consult with or hire a lemon law attorney to navigate the appeal process.

Is expert testimony required in Nevada lemon law cases?

Expert testimony may not be required in all Nevada lemon law cases, but it can be crucial when the technical aspects of the vehicle’s defect or the repair attempts need clarification. An expert can provide insights into whether the issue substantially impairs the vehicle’s use, value, or safety, which are central points in lemon law claims.

Contact Our Nevada Lemon Law Attorneys Today

Our Nevada lemon lawyers will help you with your lemon law claim by representing you in court. We will build a strong case for you to make sure that you receive all the damages that you deserve.

Give our experienced Nevada attorneys a call today to set up a free no risk consultation. During this consultation we recommend that you bring in all the necessary documents associated with your claim, including any purchase and service receipts of the car.