Can I return a car to a private seller?

Question Details: I bought a car with a clean title. I later found that it had been declared a total loos due to theft in another state. My state originally issued a branded title in his name but this guy somehow got them to issue a clean title. The car also needed the onboard computer to be reset in order to be smog checked. I had to do a drive cycle. When I did, the check engine light came. The smog check guy said it looked like the battery had need disconnected in order to override the check engine light temporarily. Do I have any recourse?

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