Help! Important VIN question
I live in California just so you guys know what state laws may be aplicable. I just bought a 55 chevy hardtop bel air. I found out the owner removed the VIN tag inside the door post and the one on the firewall. I have not sent the money yet for the car. Is this illegal, can I register the car in California, what should I do??? Help I need to know so I can send the money or call off the deal. Thanks in advance for any replies. He still has the tags but they are not on the car anymore. Can I just screw them on or do I have to rivet them or JBweld them LOL. My first post sorry if I put it in the wrong forum.