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The first step in any Lemon Law case is always noticing a defect and bringing it to the manufacturer...read more
The first step in any Lemon Law case is always noticing a defect and bringing it to the manufacturer or one of its authorized dealers for repair. If the manufacturer fails to repair the defect on that first attempt, the vehicle may already qualify as a lemon. However, in most cases, you’ll need to provide the manufacturer with at least one more repair attempt before pursuing compensation.
Still, it’s in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as you suspect you may have a lemon. The sooner you act, the greater your chance of success. And with free case reviews, you have nothing to lose by consulting an attorney.
Once you’ve provided the manufacturer with a reasonable number of repair attempts, the next step is often arbitration. Rather than immediately filing a lawsuit, most states require you to try resolving the matter informally. To do so, your attorney will help you gather evidence to support your claim and present it to an arbitration panel.
After reviewing the evidence from both sides, the panel will issue a ruling as to what compensation you deserve, if any. If you’re unhappy with the panel’s decision, you may file a lawsuit to bring your claim to the courts. However, with an experienced Lemon Law attorney in your corner, the manufacturer will almost certainly settle instead of going to trial.
In most states, the manufacturer is even required to pay your attorneys’ fees when you win your case. So, if you think you have a lemon, it’s in your best interest to seek professional representation. Doing so greatly increases your chances of a successful recovery. And as a bonus, the manufacturer who sold you the lemon will likely need to pay more for its mistake.
At Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center®, more than 99% of the cases we handle settle before going to trial. And with more than 50,000 success stories to our name, we’re very confident in our abilities to get our clients the compensation they deserve.
Yes, Lemon Law claims are subject to statutes of limitation, like most laws. These differ wildly fro...read more
Yes, Lemon Law claims are subject to statutes of limitation, like most laws. These differ wildly from state to state. But the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which applies in all states, allows you to file a claim for up to four years after your warranty was breached. For vehicles, this generally means you have four years to file a claim after the first failed repair attempt.
When you purchase a vehicle from a dealer or take one in for repairs, there’s a trail of documentati...read more
When you purchase a vehicle from a dealer or take one in for repairs, there’s a trail of documentation that you never see. This includes everything from your customer copies and warranty payment documents to dealership bookkeeping and hard copies.
The hard copy, for example, contains the original notes made by the mechanic who inspected and/or signed off on your vehicle. In some instances, you will find the phrase “Could Not Duplicate Customer Concern” stamped on the customer copy, while the hard copy often contains notes made by the mechanic that clearly state the opposite.
Not only does this leave your vehicle in need of repairs, but it also sends you back out on the road with a potentially dangerous vehicle. By carefully sourcing and investigating all existing paperwork, our attorneys can detect whether or not any vehicle problems were noted upon acceptance. So even if your repair records show no problems, you may still have a case.
What do you do when your new car isn’t what it was supposed to be? When it has repeated problems, is constantly in for repairs, and seems to give you more trouble than your old vehicle? What do you do when the dealer refuses to acknowledge that your new car is anything but wonderful?
The answer to each of these questions is that you use the Nebraska Lemon Law to get the relief you deserve. Nebraska legislators enacted the state’s Lemon Law to protect consumers in precisely these circumstances. Together with the Federal Lemon Law (known as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act), the law ensures that Nebraska consumers are never stuck with a lemon, but instead receive the new car they bargained for.
Under the Nebraska Lemon Law, a "lemon" is a vehicle, purchased or leased new in Nebraska under warranty, with a problem or defect which substantially impairs the purchaser’s use of the vehicle, or substantially diminishes the market value of the vehicle. Unlike some state’s lemon laws, Nebraska’s protects purchasers regardless of whether the vehicle was purchased for personal, family, household or business use. The law in Nebraska also protects vehicles of all shapes and sizes, from motorcycles to semi-trucks. However, trailers and self-propelled motor homes are excluded from protection.
Although the Nebraska Lemon Law provides broad protection, the protection of Federal Lemon Law is even broader. The Federal Lemon Law also extends to vehicles purchased in Nebraska, as well as appliances and even consumer electronics and other consumer products. The Federal Lemon Law requires the manufacturer to meet all the requirements of the warranty, no matter how small, for the full warranty period.
Before you are entitled to take legal action and obtain relief under the Nebraska Lemon Law, you must give the manufacturer a “reasonable opportunity” to fix the defects or problems your car is experiencing. Generally, the law presumes that the manufacturer has had a reasonable opportunity to make repairs if it has attempted to fix the problems four (4) times but the problems are still there, or reappear. In addition, the law presumes that the manufacturer has had a reasonable opportunity to make repairs if the car has been out-of-service due to the defects and repairs for thirty (30) or more days (even if those days are not consecutive). If the problems persist after this reasonable opportunity for repairs, then the manufacturer has violated the Nebraska Lemon Law and you are entitled to file a legal claim and obtain further relief.
The Nebraska Lemon Law (as well as the Federal Lemon Law) contains a series of deadlines which must be met to obtain relief. For example, in the State of Nebraska, a consumer typically must complain and take action within a year of purchasing the vehicle. Under the Federal Lemon Law, a consumer generally must complain and take action within four (4) years of the date when the manufacturer breaches its warranty. These deadlines are strictly enforced: if you miss them, you could lose your claim!
Unlike many state lemon laws, however, the Nebraska Lemon Law does not require consumers to submit to arbitration procedures put in place by the manufacturer – instead, the consumer may choose to submit to such procedures, or to proceed directly to a legal claim.
Relief You Deserve Under Nebraska Lemon Law
If you were sold or leased a “lemon” in Nebraska, the lemon law provides that a manufacturer must repurchase your vehicle, paying you the full purchase price for the vehicle including all sales tax, license and registration fees, and any similar governmental charges (minus a reasonable amount for the use of the vehicle) and may also be required to pay other expenses you incurred due to the problems with the vehicle. Alternately, the manufacturer could provide you with a comparable replacement vehicle. The Manufacturer must also pay your attorneys’ fees.
Do You Need Help With the Nebraska Lemon Law?
Call Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® or submit your information to us online to see if you qualify under the State or Federal lemon law. Over 99% of our cases settle without going to trial and we work diligently to get your claim settled as quickly as possible.
We work with Nebraska attorneys associated with Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® in an “of-counsel” relationship to handle lemon law claims for consumers in Nebraska. We stay informed of the newest legal developments so you can get the best results for your lemon law claim.
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