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Discovering that you have purchased a lemon car can be frustrating. You may think that all your hard earned money is lost; but this is not the case. Nebraska lemon law protects consumers against faulty vehicles sold by unscrupulous vehicle dealers or manufacturers. If you purchase a vehicle with defects that can’t be repaired, you can receive compensation under this law. The defect in question must be serious enough to impair the vehicles safety, use or resale price. For instance, faulty brakes may be considered for cover, but a bad radio would not qualify for cover under this law.
Nebraska lemon law covers vehicles that meet the following criteria:
- You must have purchased the vehicle from a dealer registered in the state of Nebraska. So, out of state vehicles are not covered under this law. However, you can contact the Department of Motor vehicles under which your vehicle was registered and learn some of the applicable lemon law rights for your vehicle.
- Your vehicle is less than 1 year old.
- The law only cover vehicles still under warranty.
- Motorhomes and trailers are not covered under this law.
Under this lemon law in Nebraska, a vehicle is considered a lemon if:
- It has been in the repair shop for more than 4 times for a recurring problem
- The vehicle has been out of service for 40 business days or more
- The defect is not caused by negligence, misuse or unauthorized alterations.
Filing a claim under Nebraska Lemon Law
The Nebraska lemon law is not stringent on the procedure to follow filing your claim. You may either go through the informal dispute/arbitration program or formally file a lawsuit against your car dealer or manufacturer. If your claim is decided in your favor, you will be entitled to a refund of vehicle purchase price or a vehicle replacement. This lemon law in Nebraska requires you to notify your vehicle manufacturer about your willingness to give them a final chance to attempt repair. Generally, this is done through sending a registered letter to the manufacturer. Always remember to keep all the mail receipts and any other evidence of communication with your vehicle manufacturer. You may also send this letter if your vehicle is out of service for a period of 30 days or more.
Services of a lemon law Attorney
After exploiting all avenues of arbitration, you may decide to hire an experienced lemon law attorney to sue your vehicle manufacturer in a civil court. In order to have a strong case, be sure to provide the required documentation. For more information on Nebraska lemon law, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Nebraska has detailed information regarding this law. If you want to file a compensation claim, you can do it at the office of the Attorney general in Nebraska.