Published: Sep 13, 2012 5:28 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 13, 2012 5:52 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Cape Coral auto repair shop is hitting the gas on a new campaign aimed at giving back to area schools. Quality Automotive Center in the south Cape started the program this month.
    
Nick Muhlenbruch's passion is fixing cars.

"Our philosophy is we're not trying to get rich, we're trying to make a living," he said.

Now he's using that passion to create a new program he calls Fuel for Schools. If you get your vehicle repaired at quality automotive, you will also be helping local students.

"Ten percent of your bill before sales tax is donated to a school of your choice, inside the city of Cape Coral, charter or public school," he explained.

He acknowledges it's a risky move in this economy but says its a sacrifice he's willing to make. "I know there's been funding cutbacks throughout the years in the schools," he said.

And they're already off to a good start. An anonymous donor who takes his vehicle here says he'll match the first $2,000 of his own money.

Steve Hook is the principal at Oasis Elementary Charter School. He says it's programs like Fuel for Schools that give the green light to school activities.

"The extra funds go to field trips, and the different things that we want to do educationally. And its a win for them. It creates a business partnership and it also creates business for them," Hook said.

Muhlenbruch is "keeping it in the Cape" and hopes the idea catches on with other local businesses.

"The real winners in the end are the children in school," he said.

Both of his children graduated from Mariner High School. His grandchildren also attend Cape Coral Schools.

You can contact Quality Automotive Center at (239) 542-2188 or visit them at 4511 Del Prado Boulevard South.