Used cars for sale privately can be found through bulletin board notices posted around campus, on search websites such as AutoList, on classified websites such as Craigslist, and using other online services. Other resources include the Yale International e-mail group, local publications such as The New Haven Register (Sunday edition), and the Yale Bulletin.
Cost analysis can be done online through Kelly’s Blue Book and Edmunds. Private Party Value is what you can expect to pay if you buy from an individual. Suggested Retail is the price you would pay if you purchase from a car dealer.
Check any used car thoroughly before you buy. Always test drive the vehicle and take it to a professional mechanic for a pre-purchase check. Carfax is an online vehicle history check that can provide useful pre-purchase information as well.
Purchase Car Insurance
Valid insurance is required in order to register a vehicle. Shop around and compare prices. It may be helpful to have a copy of your driving record from home.
Dealership Car Sales
If you purchase a new or used car through an authorized dealer they will walk you through the steps to register the car.
Private Car Sales
If you purchase the car through a private individual, you will need to take the following items to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV):
Registration and Insurance cards
Always keep the registration and insurance papers in the car, and make a copy of each to keep in a safe place at home.
Finding a good mechanic is a must for a car owner, and those listed here have been deemed reliable and affordable by some in the Yale community. For major repairs, you should always shop around. In addition to the listings here, you can ask for recommendations from your friends and colleagues, or if you are a member of AAA (American Automobile Association), you can get a list of AAA approved garages. There are also national chains, such as Firestone, Meineke and Midas where you can get car care services; watch for specials and coupons. National chains sometimes offer deals on routine repairs such as mufflers and brakes.
Parking is limited in New Haven and on or near the Yale campus. Be sure to inquire about parking options when apartment hunting and consider the cost of monthly parking if you plan to drive to campus every day. Detailed information about parking in New Haven, including downloadable maps, can be found under “Travel Tips” at www.infonewhaven.com. Other options for parking include:
Be aware of the following when parking on New Haven city streets:
If you believe your car was towed, call the New Haven Police Department at 203-946-6316. The police will tell you if it was towed and why, as well as if you owe money for tickets or taxes. Ticketed and towed vehicles incur a $77 tow fee payable to the tow company. After the first 24 hours, storage charges are $20 per day for the first 5 days, and $24 per day thereafter.
If a parking meter is broken, New Haven City ordinance requires you to pay with a parking voucher or move your car to another space. To report a malfunctioning meter, call 203-946-8081 with the meter number, street name and type of problem encountered.
Familiarize yourself with Connecticut State traffic laws before heading out in your car. Rules of the road are largely the same throughout the U.S., but keep in mind that some specific laws do vary from state to state. Driver’s manuals can be found on the CT DMV website. Here are a few basics:
AAA (pronounced: “triple A”) is a national club that provides excellent services for car owners.
Auto Tech Garage
55 Connolly Parkway
East Rock Auto Repair
1400 State Street
Paolillo’s Service Station
76 Ashmun Street