Bro­ken car saved from scrap heap

South Waikato News - - ADVERTSING FEATURE - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

An old bro­ken down car has es­caped the wreck­ers for a home with handy me­chanic stu­dents.

Toko­roa Unichem own­ers Mike Keys and Derek Tingey were about to send their 1998 Nis­san S-Cargo to the scrap.

But in­stead of the cash trade in, the pair de­cided the Wa­iariki me­chanic stu­dents would need it more.

‘‘We could have got $400 for it but it’s good for the com­mu­nity,’’he said.

The four full-time stu­dents who study a cer­tifi­cate in en­gi­neer­ing and au­to­mo­tive skills will make use of the ve­hi­cle for as­sess­ments, in­clud­ing the first one of car­ry­ing out a war­rant of fit­ness.

Of course, the car would not pass, but course tu­tor Don Gorrie said get­ting their hands dirty is all part of the fun.

‘‘It’s fun tak­ing it apart and putting it back to­gether,’’ stu­dent Damien John said.

Stu­dents from four South Waikato high schools will also use the car in their part time study.

Sean Emer­son looks for­ward to work­ing on it.

Pho­tos: CAITLIN WAL­LACE

For you: Own­ers of Unichem Phar­macy gave the car to the me­chanic stu­dents.

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