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A-1 Toyota

New Haven, CT

4.9
1,034 Lifetime Reviews Review Dealership
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time and look forward to serving you again at our full capacity shortly. In the early 60’s, the owners of a local garage received a postcard announcing the production of a new four-wheel drive vehicle. At the time, the automotive industry was producing only one other vehicle in this category, so the owners thought this might be a good opportunity to introduce a new four-wheel drive vehicle that they would be able to sell as well as service. The postcard was answered and the response was the founding of the first Toyota dealership in New England and the beginning of what has become a very successful endeavor for Dominic Galardi, Anthony Buglione and A-1 Toyota. The history of A-1 Service began before this. In January of 1951, Dom joined his father-in-law, Tony Buglione in a partnership that included a gas station and used cars. The station was located on the corner of Olive Street and St. John in New Haven. In the late 1950’s, a new highway system was breaking through the neighborhood, people started moving to the suburbs, and with the limited space they had already outgrown, A-1 looked for a new location. The new site they chose was in East Haven. The partnership grew to include Dominic’s brother, Andrew. Their new location, occupying a city block on Main Street and the sign reading A-1 Auto Service, Inc., became a landmark for many. In 1963, A-1 completed the building of the first Toyota showroom on the East Coast. In 1966, just three years after opening their dealership, A-1 became the second largest Toyota dealership in the country. Toyota’s line-up featured only two vehicles at the time, the four-wheel drive Land Cruiser and one of the first economy cars, the Tiara. Over the years, A-1 Toyota continued to grow and in 1980 moved to their current location on Amity Road in New Haven adding the Dodge franchise that dueled with Toyota until 1990. A-1 Toyota’s line-up looks far different than it did in 1963, but the basis for a successful business has continued. The business is still owned by the same family, and Domin

50 Amity Road

New Haven, CT

06515

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Kevin Wright

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Latest Reviews

November 23, 2020

"We just purchased a 2021 RAV4 and Andy was our..."

- Nilcely Barbosa

We just purchased a 2021 RAV4 and Andy was our salespersons and he was very professional, patient and answered ALL of our questions. The entire process was fast and smooth. We are very satisfied customers. Thank you Andy, Sunny and Paul for ALL your help!

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November 17, 2020

"I had a wonderful experience buying a certified used RAV4..."

- Patricia

I had a wonderful experience buying a certified used RAV4 with Dado! He was very helpful, informed, friendly and on top of things! A friend had highly recommended him and my experience confirmed why! I worked with Eddie doing the financing and appreciated how he broke things down simply and his friendly professionalism. His manner just added to my satisfaction!

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November 16, 2020

"Smooth process from start to finish. We are long-time..."

- MAversa10

Smooth process from start to finish. We are long-time customers because they are fair, personable and knowledgeable. Special thanks to Dado and Paul. A dynamic duo!

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  • Customer Lounge Area
  • Drive-In Service
  • Free Coffee
  • Free WiFi
  • Television
  • Full Service Cafe
A-1 Toyota, New Haven, CT, 06515