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If you bought a new car in Nevada that turns out to be a lemon, the vehicle manufacturer is legally obligated to replace it or refund you your money. Nevada’s lemon law covers all defects that substantially impair the motor vehicle’s use and value as long as the problems did not result from your abuse, neglect or unauthorized modifications.
Here are five things to know about Nevada lemon laws (also called Nevada car return laws):
For your new vehicle to qualify as a lemon under Nevada state lemon laws, the following four conditions must be true:
Note that these lemon laws do not apply to used cars, motor homes or off-road vehicles.1
If your car is a lemon in Nevada, the manufacturer must replace it with a comparable automobile (identical model and features). If the manufacturer cannot replace your lemon vehicle, then it must refund you for the:
However, the manufacturer can deduct some money representing the time you used the car (“reasonable allowance”).2
If you believe your car is a lemon, you must notify your car dealership – in writing – of the defects. This notification must occur:
The manufacturer likely has an entire division devoted to handling these complaints. If the manufacturer fails to resolve the issue through a buyback or replacing the car, only then can you initiate a formal lemon lawsuit.
Note that if you and the manufacturer went to arbitration – and you do not agree with the arbitrator’s decision – you can still file a lemon lawsuit.3
The statute of limitations to bring a lemon lawsuit in Nevada is 18 months after the car was originally delivered to the buyer. Though you can only bring a lawsuit if you notified the manufacturer of the defect:
If you win your lemon law claim, the court can award you compensatory damages to cover your economic and non-economic damages, such as:
In addition, the court can award you:
If the manufacturer acted in a shocking or malicious way, the court can even award you punitive damages – which can far exceed your compensatory damages.5
Car manufacturers have entire legal teams devoted to fighting lemon law cases and exploiting warranty laws in their favor. Though in my vast experience representing victims, it is possible to fight and win Nevada lemon law cases in pursuit of the maximum recovery possible. Contact our law firm for legal advice today.
A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.