Cars, Carsharing & Taxis

Cars are meant for driving full!

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Owning a car or truck is generally the most expensive way to get around; driving also wears down roads, contributes local pollution and emits about 20 lbs of carbon dioxide to global warming per gallon of gas burned. The good news is, carpooling and sharing rides drastically cuts the financial and other costs of driving, while helping others and building a stronger community!

Costs of owning your own car or truck. 

To calculate how much you’re spending, see Your Car Costs. To trim your car diet and fatten your wallet, see our tips on Going Green and Saving Money.


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Legal Requirements, Safety and Consumer Issues

Below, find resources on legal requirements of driving, including licenses, registration, insurance, safety inspections and child safety seat requirements. For tips on buying a car, dealing with insurance, car repairs and understanding lemon laws, or resources for learning or brushing up on driving, or reducing your points or car insurance rates, contact Way2Go.

The Tompkins County Dept. of Motor Vehicles, or Ithaca Motor Vehicles is located at 301 Third Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, 607-273-7187.

The New York State Dept. of Motor Vehicles
Call for general questions and specific topics such as custom plates, road tests or identity cards. From area code 607, dial 1-518-486-9786. Visit the Call Center online if you are calling from another area code.

The NYS DMV website has a lot of information on the legal requirements of owning and driving a motor vehicle in New York State, including:

Getting a driver's license

Drivers from other nations

Registering a car that’s new to you or new to NY State

Insurance requirements and procedures -- See also our Consumer Issues page

Safety inspections

NYS DMV Forms & Publications for print or preview

Child safety seat information
Carefully read the owner's manuals for your vehicle and car seat before traveling with children. See also: Car Safety Seats: A Guide for Families 2009 by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Check to be sure that your child's seat hasn't been recalled at: Child Safety Seat Recalls, a site provided by the for-profit group  

Roadside Assistance Services

1) Have your cell phone with you on the road, or buy and keep a charged prepaid phone in the car for emergencies. Your cell phone may even offer a towing plan.

2) Emergency assistance coverage

- Many car insurance companies offer emergency roadside assistance services, but you may want to check and see if and how your rates will go up if you use it.

- In addition, many car dealerships and even credit card companies offer emergency roadside assistance plans.

3) Car Clubs

- You might also consider joining a car club. Member benefits usually include towing, locksmith, battery, fuel delivery services, and other travel perks.

- You may want to research the lobbying activities of your car clubs. For example, Better World Club has a reputation for being more environmentally-friendly than AAA in its lobbying activities.

Some popular car clubs offering roadside assistance
AAA of Western & Central NY
Allstate Motor Club
Better World Club

See our Consumer Issues page for more on buying or leasing a car, auto insurance, auto repair, car lemon laws and more.

Last Updated: December 16, 2013

Last updated: December 16th 2013 - 5:37pm