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Ford diverts flood-damaged Mustangs to schools for educational purposes

Ford diverts flood-damaged Mustangs to schools for educational purposes
Ford diverts flood-damaged Mustangs to schools for educational purposes

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Instead of going to the junkyard…


In a commendable move, Ford, along with General Motors and Stellantis, have decided to donate flood-damaged vehicles to technical schools instead of sending them to the scrapyard. This initiative, which has seen over 300 vehicles donated since September, aims to give the next generation of automotive technicians hands-on experience in handling the latest models.

Mike McLean, Ford’s market area coordinator, explained the process: “We recovered these Mustangs from the New Boston rail yard after a severe storm. Instead of scrapping them, we coordinated with Ford dealers across the country to clean the cars and donate them to schools. This initiative not only provides invaluable educational resources, but also provides positive public relations and tax benefits for the automakers.”

Natural disasters often result in significant vehicle damage, so insurance companies and owners usually have to decide the fate of the affected cars. But when the damaged vehicles are brand new and unsold, manufacturers face a unique dilemma. Ford, GM and Stellantis have found a productive solution by repurposing these vehicles for educational purposes.

Cars damaged by flooding are unusable for public roads, but they serve as the perfect training tool for shop classes in high schools and technical schools. These donations allow students to work on modern vehicles and learn the intricacies of current automotive technology. This hands-on experience is crucial to preparing them for careers in the automotive industry.

This program also aligns with a broader effort to modernize automotive education. Traditionally, students worked on older models, which limited their exposure to the latest advances in automotive engineering and technology. By offering newer models, these automakers ensure that students receive up-to-date training, making them better prepared for future job opportunities.

The benefits go beyond educational enrichment. The program also improves the public image of these automakers by showing their commitment to community support and education. Additionally, the donation of these vehicles provides significant tax incentives, making it a win-win for everyone involved.

This initiative reflects a broader trend in corporate responsibility, where companies are looking for ways to make a positive contribution to society while managing their resources efficiently. By turning a potential loss into a valuable educational opportunity, Ford, GM and Stellantis are setting a commendable example for other industries.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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