Broken car saved from scrap heap
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.
For you: Owners of Unichem Pharmacy gave the car to the mechanic students.