DMV Issues Warning to Customers of Hamden Car Dealership

The Department of Motor Vehicles wants to hear from anyone who purchased a vehicle in the last 6 months from Bernardo Motors in Hamden. Department investigators have determined vehicles were sold without valid titles and registrations.
This means that owners may be driving unregistered vehicles in violation of state law. This also can affect some insurance policies’ coverage for crashes, property damages and injuries. In addition, customers were sold vehicles without titles, which establish ownership and are needed to sell the vehicle. DMV does not have an estimate on how many vehicles are affected.
In May DMV revoked the license of Bernardo Motors of 2575 State Street. It was found that the company owes more than $200,000 in state sales tax. Customers have filed complaints with DMV showing more than $7,000 in claims against the company. The former dealership is owned by David Taylor of Branford.
Customers who have vehicles purchased from the former dealership should call the DMV’s Consumer Complaint Center at 860.263.5405 to discuss the validity of both their registrations and titles.