New York State - (Private used car sales law)
I sold a used car (is 15 years old with more than 110,000 miles on it) about a month and a half ago. The buyer came and inspected/ test drove the vehicle. They agreed to the price, and I setup the DTF-802 form, bill of sale, and title. They then gave me cash for the vehicle, and left with the vehicle.
My father was the original title-holder for this vehicle. He signed all documents. On the bill of sale, we specifically stated that the vehicle was being sold as is/ no warranty. However, we didn't keep a copy of the bill of sale (we have an impression left by his handwriting in a notebook through).
Several hours later, the buyer called me and stated that there was a noise coming from the motor. I simply stated that the car was in in good running condition at the time of sale, and it was sold as is. A couple of days later he sent me a text message stating that it would cost $1,000 to repair, and asked if I would help pay for it. I never responded to the text message.
Now, my father is receiving a certified letter from a law firm at the address the vehicle was sold at (becuase he was the title-holder on the vehicle). We are having the letter sent back (my father does not reside in the residence the vehicle was sold at).
Are we liable in any way to pay for repairs?
How should I handle this certified letter from the law firm?