He couldn't get ICBC to insure the blue car as it was written off a long time ago and titled as a parts only car.
Yes, it had low mileage and it was original, but it was branded to never be insured again. I don't know why the guy you bought it from even bothered to fix the car, what a waste of time.
Either way, TJ tried to figure out a way to license it and he just had a huge run around with ICBC. The only way this car could have been saved was with a BC assigned VIN. I think at that point TJ was fed up, no one else wanted to buy the car and realistically if you wanted it to be worth something in the future the plagued title would have impacted re-sale value anyways. The car at this day and age with the branded title was only worth what someone wanted to pay, so he cut it up and parted out what he could.
Seems reasonable to me!