My question involves vehicle registration or title in the state of: CA. I recently purchased what I thought would be a 1992 Geo Metro from a person on Craigslist. We did not meet at his house which I didn't think much of at first, but now I wish we did. When I went to insure the vehicle, the insurance company told me that the VIN number I had entered (from the title I got) was for a 1992 Geo Storm which is why I did not catch the difference on the title since the model was not printed on the title, only the make. I then took the vehicle to the DMV who were of absolutely no help to me (they almost had me register the Storm which I don't have possession of despite my explanation of the story). They tried to get me to contact the guy who sold it to me so I could get him to fill out paperwork for a duplicate title. I thought that was bogus since the guy who sold it to me has no authority to get a duplicate title for something he didn't own in the first place. I tried getting in touch with the seller and his response was "I had no problem registering it." Duh. The DMV doesn't check VINs unless you ask them to. He refused to give me my money back and I haven't been able to contact him since. I did inform him I would pursue legal action if he did not agree to undo the purchase. I also stopped by the police who weren't extremely helpful either. What should I do from this point? I also have reason to suspect the guy was using a fake DL since google search turned up someone with his name (excepting his middle name) who lived in the exact area he stated he did, but who was 37, married, and had 2 kids. The guy who sold it to me had to be in his mid 20s and there is unlikely he was married and had to 2 children. His name is not a common name, so what are the chances that someone with his name who has a father with the middle name he gave me exists living at an address within a couple blocks of each other? It is a mess. I also have contact info. for the registered owner of the vehicle who is a 78 year old man..... The vehicle's VIN has had a non operation permit on it since 2008.