Save money on car repairs by going to a car school

CHARLOTTE COUNTY

From working on four-wheelers in his backyard to running cars, Ethan Emel is about to own his own shop.

He says it’s all down to what he’s learning in the automotive program at Charlotte Technical College.

Students learn everything from oil changes to engine repair. As they take reading lessons, they get their hands dirty in people’s cars.

“I learn best on the job, so having hands-on experience is what helps me out there when I go to work,” Emel said.

While students get hands-on experience, it also allows you to get what you need at a much cheaper price than a regular store.

Automotive instructor David Andrews makes sure they do everything right.

“I bring work away for clients who have called, so it might not be something I can bring tomorrow, but it might be something that can come next week and stay for two weeks while we teach it. And then you do the job for pretty much just the cost of the parts and a little shop fee and no labor,” Andrews said.

Students must also observe in a professional store before they can graduate.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to work on various jobs that people have and it gives us the chance to be quite complex with the jobs,” said Jonathan Harmon, also a student.

It also helps you get back on the road with your wallets intact.

“When they get this vehicle coming in and going bad and going good again? That smile on their face makes me smile,” Andrews said.

The Automobile Program is currently not taking appointments as students are preparing for end of school year exams.

Check with your local school district. Most offer similar programs.

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