Q: I received a letter from a insurance company that said i owed $4,000 dollars in damages from a car that was a trade in
this transaction was in 2012. what do i need to show that i do not own that car?
A: You should have filed a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability with DMV when you traded in the vehicle. https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/online/nrl/welcome
However, the question is not what you need to prove that you don't own the car, but what the insurer/plaintiff needs to do to prove that you do own it. I would question it in writing how it intends to prove your ownership of a vehicle that you sold in 2012. The plaintiff has the burden of proof, not you. I would give it any copies of your trade in paperwork from 2012.
It is possible that you are still a registered owner, if the Notice of Transfer was not filed, although that seems unlikely. If the auto dealer was supposed to handle all of this, you may have a claim against it to indemnify you for any liability based upon your continued ownership.
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