The Auto Body Association of Connecticut donated the car, a Suzuki Forenza, and the funds, which will be used for supplies for the program.
The association had purchased the vehicle, which was deemed unsafe use on roadways after it was equipped with third-party car parts. The group’s aim is to educate motorists about making proper repairs to used vehicles.
Association President Anthony Ferraiolo commended the students in the program.
“It’s a foundation for us to get our technicians from,” he said. “We feel that it’s very important for these kids to be trained ... to repair cars properly.”
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a board member on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, emphasized the importance of using original equipment manufacturer parts for repairs.
“This is going to be the difference between life and death,” Blumenthal said.
“There is no body of education more important than our vo-tech schools,” he said. “They provide really critical, essential skills, for people with strong motivation to work hard and be part of the economy.”
Blumenthal discussed how he has pushed for a law which would require used vehicles under recall to be repaired before they are sold.
Dave Kapitulik, coordinator for automotive technical schools, thanked Blumenthal and the association for their cooperation and donations.
“It’s all about partnerships,” he said.
Wilcox Tech Principal Joyce Mowrey asked Wilcox automotive students to share their knowledge with classmates.
“The one thing that we know is that the biggest buyers of used cars are young drivers. You have a job now to learn from this, and share with your schoolmates, the kind of things you have to look for when you’re buying a safe, used car.”
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