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In order to prevail in his claim against you, he would have to prove that the claimed malfunction was something that you knew or should have known at the time of the sale, and that you concealed or failed to disclose the condition in an attempt to induce him to purchase the vehicle.
If he cannot prove that, then who knows what happened to the vehicle once it left your possession and went to Texas. Also, hopefully, you have some documentation where the people that picked up the vehicle inspected and approved the vehicle's condition before it left your possession.
IF you believe that you are in the right on this and that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle, you certainly have the right to stand your ground......alternatively, you could offer the guy his money back in exchange for the truck.
The burden of proof is on the buyer to show that you knew or should have known of an issue, or that you concealed a known condition. Generally, that takes the testimony of a mechanic to say what the issue is, how long it has been there, whether or not you should have known, etc.
You should be able to stick to that, and if the guy sues, it will be on him to prove that there was an issue with the truck BEFORE his guys took possession --- which could be difficult.
The best thing you can do is have your local lawyer write this person back and tell him that you had no knowledge of any issues with the truck at the time of the sale, that he had a right to inspect the vehicle before purchasing it and that he in fact did have his delivery guys inspect the truck, and that if something happened with the vehicle, it occurred after they took possession.
It's likely just a bluff to see what reaction you have to it....but a letter from a lawyer will likely put this guy back on his heels.
He'd likely have to sue in Illinois because that's the court that will have jurisdiction over you, that's where the transaction took place and that's where the money was received by you.
If he were to sue you in TX, you should have grounds to request that the case be transferred to IL where the case took place.
That'd be my guess....
Sorry for the delay - I had a hearing to attend.
If your lawyer sends a letter, it should include a provision that directs the buyer to send any response or correspondence to the lawyer -- not you -- which should keep you from having to deal with this person.