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Farmingdale State College is severing ties with a hybrid-auto service training firm amid complaints that the company failed to deliver promised services.
The company, Ronkonkoma-based Go Green Automotive Centers, signed a two-year contract with the school in 2011 to provide online courses on fixing hybrid vehicles for auto repair shop owners, some of whom paid as much as $10,000 to participate in the company’s certification program.
But Farmingdale is ending the program following what officials said were concerns about Go Green’s operations. [continued below]....
Calabria declined to elaborate on the school’s concerns with Go Green’s operations.
Go Green President David Giuffrida said the company’s contract with Farmingdale State extends until September and that he wasn’t aware that the school wanted out. He said the company was organizing a course for the coming semester.
Giuffrida said Go Green’s 32-hour “comprehensive course” has been given to 60 repair shops in 15 states, although most of them are on Long Island.
LIBN contacted nine Long Island service station owners who signed on with Go Green in the past year or so. Eight said they did not get what they were promised from the training program, the cost of which has since been reduced from $10,000 to less than $3,000. They said the package sold to them promised an online course in hybrid technology, hands-on training and marketing support, as well as parts and products needed to maintain hybrids and other alternative fuel vehicles.
So far, only the online course, which the station owners described as more of an overview than in-depth instruction, and a few referrals, been delivered.
Go Green’s marketing materials also promise service station owners customer referrals from the company’s website. Just one firm contacted by LIBN said they have been sent business as a result of their contract with Go Green.
John Grasselino, owner of Islip Auto and Truck Repair in Islip Terrace, said he “would like to see more for what we spent” from Go Green, but he did get “six or seven jobs” through its referrals.
“I enjoyed the online training, mostly because it came from an accredited university,” Grasselino said.
Auto repair shop owner Tim Luxmore said he paid $8,000 last year to become certified by Go Green in hybrid vehicle technology. Luxmore, who owns Baldwin-based G&S Automotive Services, said the online course was little more than an introduction to hybrid technology, and the hands-on training or customer referrals never materialized.
“I haven’t gotten one lead yet,” Luxmore said.
Brian O’Connor, who owns Brian’s Auto Service in Coram, said he received “no real training” for the $3,500 he spent with the company.
“I was under the impression they would teach us how to fix hybrids and generate business,” O’Connor said. “I’ve been with them for a year and gotten nothing back.”
Another service center owner, Augie Palladino of Augie’s Auto in Smithtown, said he paid $5,000 to Go Green more than a year ago and is still waiting for promised tools and safety equipment from the company.
Giuffrida said the shops that are delinquent on payments don’t receive referrals but others that are current do. He said Go Green’s promised hands-on workshop will be held at the Career Institute in Westbury, likely “in the spring.”
“We’ve lived up to signed agreements,” Giuffrida said in defending the firm’s operations. “We’re doing the right thing.”
A previous Giuffrida-run enterprise, a Bohemia-based company called Unicom Worldwide, faced similar complaints from customers who paid up to $15,000 for kiosk-sized business centers designed for hotel lobbies, but never received the merchandise.
Giuffrida was arrested in June 2000 and pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny, a felony. He was sentenced to five years probation in 2003.
Calabria, the Farmingdale State vice president, said the school was not aware of Giuffrida’s criminal record when it agreed to partner on the hybrid training.
Undaunted by the split with Farmingdale, Giuffrida said Go Green would find a new university partner to handle its online course and that his firm was developing more advanced training for its auto repair shop participants.
“This isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon,” Giuffrida said. “They’re going to be very happy with the end result.”
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