Copart Chicago North (Yard 36) recently donated a car to Naperville North High School’s auto class. The 2005 Honda Civic LX will be used as one part learning and one part fundraising. The program’s teacher, Greg Ditch, came straight from the used car business and is going to use this car as a way to teach students a “different” aspect of the industry. Everyone thinks of an auto tech class as a place to get students to work in a dealership or repair facility, but the automotive industry is so much more than that, Ditch said. There is a business side to it including detailers, bumper painters, mechanics, and salespeople.
The Civic will be used to emulate a real-life scenario where a dealer buys the car from auction and determines what needs to be fixed or replaced. Then the students will market the car and try to sell it for a profit.
The Civic isn’t the only Copart car in the Naperville North shop. Ditch has purchased other auction vehicles that serve as the basis for student projects. One of the more notable vehicles is a 1995 Ford Mustang GT that was purchased from the location near San Marcos, Texas last summer. The students have repainted the car, rebuilt the engine, and made a host of performance upgrades.
There is also a 1997 Chevy S-10 truck that came from a Copart location in Denver. This truck is getting stripped down and receiving a driveline that came out of a 1995 Impala SS, which was also purchased from Copart.
“I enjoy working with Copart because of the extensive inventory and easy bidding,” Ditch said. “Older cars usually work well for our students and I can buy a complete car for less than the cost of an engine or transmission. Plus the students are intrigued by the entire process.”
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