You can make that purchase
, but only do it by going to the registration place with the seller. Hear what they say and make sure he pays any back taxes
. Usually you dont have to register if you aren't using it. But IF it must be disclosed that he bought it, sales tax will be owed by him.
-is the seller's name on the old title that is signed?
-Does he have a Bill of Sale
for when he bought it?
-or cancelled check?
I have bought cars by going to the registration place with the seller. But details may matter. He may need to prove he actually owns it in order to sell it. Anyone can steal a title and write their name on it.
If the Title is only signed by the previous owner without indication of who bought it, then it may be easier.
In any instance I would get him to go with you and do the sale
at the registration place once they accept the transfer.
BTW, be careful doing this with a car. I bought an old Pickup once like this, but the guy who sold it to me said the owner was "out of town commercial
fishing" and he was instructed to sell it. I went to register it and the sale went through fine, but I didn't learn that the truck was a "salvage" title until years later when I opened up my title!