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Nebraska Lemon Law
Discovering you've purchased a defective motor vehicle can be extremely frustrating. After you've spent all that money, who wants to take the bus to work?
Fortunately, Nebraska's lemon law provides legal options to residents who believe they've purchased defective vehicles. However, the defect in question must be significant and a threat to your safety. For example, faulty brakes would be considered a serious problem―but a chipped paint job wouldn't be protected under this law.
Generally, the standard for classifying a vehicle as a lemon requires that the vehicle be sent to the dealer for repair at least 4 times for the same problem or be out of service for more than 40 days.
On this page you'll find an overview of some of the aspects of the Nebraska lemon law and the steps you'll need to take to settle the issue.
To qualify for protection under the Nebraska lemon law, your vehicle must meet the following criteria:
- The vehicle must be purchased in the state of Nebraska. (If you purchased your vehicle from another state, you should contact the Department of Motor Vehicles in that state to learn about your legal rights.)
- Your vehicle is less than 1 year old.
- The vehicle must still be under warranty; a vehicle sold "as is" will not qualify for protection.
Trailers and motorhomes are not covered by the Nebraska lemon law.
Your vehicle is considered a lemon if:
- It has been in the manufacturer's service facility for 4 times or more for the same repair.
- The vehicle has been out of service for at least 40 days.
- There have been no unauthorized modifications made to the vehicle by you.
The Nebraska lemon law lets you choose to either go through an informal arbitration process or formally sue the manufacturer of your vehicle in court. If your claim is found to be valid, you'll be entitled to either a refund or a replacement of your vehicle.
If you wish to seek protection under the lemon law, you will need to notify the manufacturer of your vehicle. Generally, this is done by sending a certified letter to the company. Since the company must be given an opportunity to fix the problem, it is recommended that you send this notice after 3 attempts to repair or after your motor vehicle has been out of service for more than 30 days (cumulative).
The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has provided a detailed information page on its website about the lemon law for your convenience.
Will You Need an Attorney to Get Your Refund?
If you decide to make your case through arbitration, an attorney is optional. However, many Nebraska residents hire an attorney to help prepare a stronger case.
If you plan to sue the manufacturer in court, an attorney is strongly recommended. Please see our Laws and Attorneys page to learn more about finding an attorney in your area.Other Topics in This Section