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Well obviously there was an error. They go by license plate not vehicle. Go fight the boot.
I don't get the comments about doing a background check when purchasing a vehicle from a private owner. Any time I have ever bought a vehicle from a private owner (which is a total of 6 including the 2 I've gotten for my wife) I was given a brand new license plate when I went in to pay the taxes and switch the title into my name.
You can't go in and title it in the older owners name, you have to show proof of insurance (if your place of residence requires insurance), your drivers license, the title and the bill of sale. There is no way that it would still show the old owner, they would run the plates (not the vin, assuming you HAD plates and that isn't one of the tickets you've gotten!) and those would be in your name. In two years the plates would have expired so you would have to have gotten them replaced, same deal, you have to show paperwork that identifies YOU. So unless you had no plates on it they would not have run the vin number. Your vehicle would have been towed a long ass time ago if you'd had it for two years with no plates at all.
It should be very very easy to fight this, but I am thinking this is a fake or a lie to cover his own five tickets. You are not responsible for tickets on the car, you are responsible for tickets that are in your name. The old owner's tickets are not something you would have to pay or deal with at all.
Speak your mind, but please try and be respectful.