When you purchase a new vehicle, you expect it to function properly and provide you with dependable, reliable transportation. However, what happens when your new vehicle turns out to be a constant source of frustration and distress due to recurring defects and repairs?
Fortunately, the State of Nevada has enacted a powerful consumer protection law known as the “Nevada Lemon Law” to safeguard your rights as a vehicle owner.
If your car or motorcycle needs to be repaired repeatedly for the same defect or condition, or if the amount of time it takes to complete warranty repairs is unreasonable, you may be entitled to protection under Nevada’s Lemon Laws.
In this helpful guide from our experienced Lemon Laws attorney, we’ll explore what the Nevada Lemon Law is, how it works, what qualifies as a “Lemon”, and how you can take advantage of this law to seek remedies for your automotive woes. Our goal is to provide you with the guidance you need to understand your rights and take proper legal action.
The Nevada Lemon Law, officially titled the “Nevada New Motor Vehicles Warranties Act” (NRS 597.600 – 597.6881), is designed to provide relief to consumers who unknowingly purchase or lease vehicles that are plagued by ongoing warranty issues or defects.
This law applies to new vehicles purchased or leased in Nevada, as well as vehicles transferred during the time the manufacturer’s warranty on the vehicle is in effect. Nevada’s Lemon Law offers recourse for consumers who find themselves stuck with a “Lemon” – a vehicle that has substantial defects that impair its use and value.
To qualify for protection under Nevada’s Lemon Law, a vehicle must meet certain criteria:
This makes sense because, like the majority of owners, you paid a new car or motorcycle price to ensure reliability and to avoid dealing with aggravating and time-consuming used vehicle repair issues.
Presumptions apply to defective vehicle repair situations in three different ways:
Please keep in mind that Nevada’s Lemon Law presumptions are not an obstacle to your recovery if they are not met. Instead, they are designed to assist you in showing that your vehicle is a “Lemon”.
If the entire repair history of your car or motorcycle is unreasonable under the circumstances, you can still have a valid case even if your vehicle doesn’t have this many repairs or time out of service. We believe your vehicle may still qualify as a “Lemon” if there are 3 attempts to repair and/or 25 days out of service.
If you believe your motor vehicle qualifies as a Lemon under the Lemon Law, here’s how the process generally works:
Nevada’s Lemon Law and other consumer protection laws exist to ensure that consumers are not stuck with vehicles that are dangerous, unreliable, or unsafe. Your Nevada Lemon Law rights are as follows.
Under the Lemon Laws and warranty law in general, if your vehicle qualifies as a “Lemon,” you have several rights:
When your car or motorcycle is covered by Nevada’s Lemon Law, over 95% of our cases are typically successfully resolved out-of-court in 1 to 4 months without a lawsuit. There are some limited exceptions if the vehicle manufacturer involved has a high case volume or staffing issues, but our Firm follows up consistently to make sure claims are processed by the companies as quickly as possible. The squeaky wheel gets the grease!
In valid Lemon Law cases, you are entitled to a refund of the purchase price (minus a reasonable allowance for use) or a new comparable replacement vehicle (by the same company with the same features) without ever having to set foot in a courtroom. Car manufacturers of your defective vehicle can also be required to cover legal fees as part of your out-of-court settlement thanks to additional applicable warranty law. Unfortunately, Lemon Law protections don’t cover used vehicles if they are more than 1 year old, motor homes, or ATV off road vehicles.
However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do if the Nevada Lemon Laws don’t apply. Fortunately, there is a Federal Lemon Law that does apply to these types of vehicles so please check out our Federal Lemon Law page for information on your rights and available compensation options under that law.
At the time of a successful claim, it’s the responsibility of the manufacturer to retitle such a vehicle in their name, affix a decal to it, and ask the DMV to mark the title documents as a Lemon Law Buyback. This Lemon Law Buyback designation helps to protect other consumers in the future as well.
Alternatively, as a compromise, it may be possible to negotiate a significant cash compensation settlement for you with you keeping your car or motorcycle and having the manufacturer cover all legal expenses as part of the overall out-of-court settlement. This type of settlement can be attractive depending on whether your vehicle appears to finally be properly fixed, and also depending on the amount of compensation that is offered to you. The more substantial the compensation, the more likely you would be willing to entertain this type of Nevada Lemon Law resolution.
However, please don’t wait too long and potentially lose out on your right to compensation because there is a strict 18-month time limit on bringing a Lemon Law claim from the date your vehicle is first put into service.
Starting a Lemon Law case in Nevada on your own can be complex and full of legal pitfalls. That’s why it’s advisable to seek the assistance of an experienced Lemon Law Firm. They can help you navigate the process, guide you about how to gather the necessary evidence, and negotiate with the manufacturer on your behalf. Your lawyer will work to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the remedies you deserve for your Lemon motor vehicle.
Navigating the Lemon Law can be challenging, especially when dealing with manufacturer representatives who are legally trained may try to avoid their obligations. Hiring an experienced Lemon Laws Lawyer can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Here’s how a lawyer can assist you:
The Nevada Lemon Law is a powerful tool that protects consumers from the frustration and financial burden of owning a Lemon vehicle. If you believe your vehicle qualifies as a “Lemon” under Nevada Law, remember to obtain documentation of your complaints and repairs, and then to seek legal representation immediately. With the right approach, you can protect your rights and seek fair compensation for your “Lemon”, ensuring that your investment in a reliable new vehicle was not in vain.
There are several other legal avenues for your defective vehicle situation we can use to obtain cash compensation for you. You may also be entitled to substantial cash compensation under the Nevada Uniform Commercial Code2, the Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (Federal Lemon Law) or State Warranty Common Law.
Our Nevada Lemon Law Attorney Team is here to help!
If you feel that you have endured enough stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and irritation as a result of your “Lemon” vehicle, and that you deserve the compensation the lemon laws entitle you to, please provide your vehicle repair information on our Free Nevada Lemon Law Evaluation page. We look forward to speaking with you and to successfully guiding you through our out-of-court Lemonaid compensation process as we’ve done for 1000s of clients since 2004!
We’d be glad to help you work toward a replacement vehicle, or describe what terms like reasonable allowance mean under the Lemon Laws. Click above to fill our our Evaluation form to get started now!
Last Updated: 01/14/24
By: Shalev Amar, Esq.
Shalev Amar is the Founder and Manager of Amar Law Group. Prior to founding Amar Law Group, Mr. Amar was a Managing Partner for twelve years of a consumer law firm that exclusively handled motor vehicle claims on behalf of consumers.
Most Popular Cultural Events in the Great State of Nevada
Nevada is arguably one of the more diverse, cultural states within the United States, with a wide variety of interesting, unique and, even, bizarre well-known events throughout the year. While Nevada’s Lemon Laws are incredibly important to discuss, including topics such as reasonable allowance and purchase price refunds, we wanted to take a few moments to mention these events.
Within the last decade, the Reno Film Festival has become a major event that has drawn in lots of top talent, both newer to the scene and well-known stars. The event showcases the latest movies before they hit the theaters (and, sometimes, the Oscars). Burning Man, an event dedicated to art, self-expression, and self-reliance, takes place yearly in Black Rock Desert. Part festival, part experiment, it draws a lot of attention for how unique and primal the event is while attendees spend time on the playa. Many attendees bring artistic off road vehicles to use during burn week.
And finally, rounding out the Top 3 events, is Artown. Each July, the city of Reno transforms into “Artown”, one of the largest art and cultural events in the nation. Typically, there’s over 300+ free and low cost events that include performance art, film, drumming, painting, and more. It’s an internationally recognized event that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area all month long.