herein PA< titles come from the DMV, dealers have rather NOTHING to do with them unless there NEW or atv's in there possession and then there treated just like a basic citizen looking for a new title!
Here you fill out a form,(who you got it from, costs of items and so on, real simple)
the DVM runs a check, if NOT stolen or a lien on it, reported as TOTALED< from an insurance claim or??
they just issue US(you) a NEW title, I have done this several times over the yrs!
but every state has its own rules. if seller isn;t up to how to, , maybe if you find out, you can help him make it happen if you really want it!
tell him close add till title is there too! so no one else streps in on your deal LOL
if the guy is willing, maybe get the VIN # and if your friendly with any police, ask the=m to run the vin(I also know there are some online vin searches that turn some tings up too)
stolen atv's are more common than you think, as are one's with liens still on them