Car Servicing Colchester
Part of the Bosch Car Service network
All Trans Autos are veterans of providing car service in Colchester, having served the local community for decades.
We offer an All Trans Servicing package and a Bosch Servicing package. These are coded to a Bronze, Silver and Gold service, depending on the level of service you require for your car.
As an independent garage, we offer a full manufacturers service at a fraction of the cost. Under ‘Block Exemption’ the owner of a new car is entitled to have their car services at a garage of their choice. Provided the manufacturer’s specification is followed and genuine parts are fitted, it will not affect the warranty. All Trans Autos are experienced in carrying out car services in Colchester as per the specifications and have the most up to date diagnostic equipment necessary for this.
Keeping up to date with your car’s service history is vital. A common recommendation from manufacturers is that your car should be serviced either every 12 months or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. By keeping up to date with your car service, your car can stay healthier for longer and ensures that your car is road safe.
Rest assured as a Bosch Car Service garage in Colchester, we work to the highest standards using only original equipment parts and manufacture approved oils. For newer vehicles and where it is customer preference, we can follow manufacturers specific service schedules and we can gladly explain what is included in these services.
More and more, care manufacturers are not including a physical service logbook with the car. This requires a manual stamp and often lives in the glove box. A growing number of cars now have a Digital Safety Record (DSR). This allows us to digitally store and record all information about your vehicle on a central database. By having this DSR, all information about servicing and repairs can be stored digitally.
For many, booking your car’s service and MOT come hand in hand and are often done at the same time. All Trans Autos offer a complimentary email reminder when your service or MOT is next due.
All Trans Autos in Colchester is part of the Bosch Car Service network, which is made up of selected independent car servicing garages that are able to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the highest levels of technical car servicing and customer service.
It brings together the benefits offered by a reputable local car servicing garage combined with the support and expertise available from Bosch Car Service, a global supplier of automotive technology.
Bosch Car Service Code of Practice
The purpose of the Bosch Car Service code of practice is to set out the standards and practices of a Bosch Car Service garage so that you can make an informed and favourable decision as to the suitability of the car services on offer.
All Bosch Car Service garages are required to comply with the provisions of the Code and fulfil all relevant statutory and legal requirements, in particular those relating to Trading Standards, Health and Safety, Environmental Protection and Employment.
Car Service Colchester FAQ’s
How often should I get a car service?
Each car manufacturer makes specific service recommendations for each model, with many newer cars designed to go longer between intervals. Depending on the vehicle's age, mileage and history a good rule of thumb for car servicing is every 12,000 miles or 12 months. A full, or silver service is ideal for drivers doing lower annual mileages who will only have their car serviced once a year.
Interim services, or bronze services are generally designed for high-mileage drivers covering 20,000 miles or more a year - that may need more than one service per year
A major service or gold service is recommended every 24 months or 24,000 miles, or, as the following service to a full service conducted the year prior.
For friendly, specialist advice on choosing the service tier most suitable for your vehicle, contact All Trans Autos here.
What car service does my car need?
The car service required is dependant on make, model, age and history. An annual car service is recommended for most vehicles and a good rule of thumb is a full car service every 12,000 miles which the average motorist covers annually. For the low mileage car alternating a full car service and a basic car service, each year may be appropriate. Each car manufacturer makes specific recommendations for each model, so for a guide specific to your vehicle service, contact us with your registration, current mileage and if possible, any known history. Remember if funds are low, a basic car service is better than no car service and we have a range of payment options available.
Why are there so many choices for a car service?
In short, because there are so many variables; make, model, age, mileage, history and budget. Contact us with your registration, current mileage, if possible any known vehicle servicing history and we can guide you through the vehicle servicing options to help make an informed choice.
How much is a car service?
The cost of car service will depend on the vehicle service required. As a guide, the average cost of basic vehicle service is £105-£130.00 including VAT and the average cost of full vehicle service is £210.00 to £260.00 including VAT. Please do be mindful this is an average cost, for an accurate quote tailored specifically to your car and its servicing needs contact us with your registration, current mileage and if possible, history. We can also provide details for the range of payment options we have available.
What does a car service include?
At All Trans Autos Ltd we offer an All Trans Servicing package and a Bosch Servicing package. These are coded to a Bronze, Silver and Gold service depending on the level of service you require for your car.
There is no industry standard for a car service. So, a ‘full vehicle service’ in one garage may include a 50-point check and in another only a 40-point check. Rest assured as a Bosch Car Service we work to the highest standards using only original equipment parts and manufacture approved oils.
As a general standard, a service often includes (but is not limited to):
· Engine oil changes or filter replacement
· Functionality checks on lights, brakes, and steering.
· Engine tuning adjustments
· Hydraulic fluid and coolant level checks
· Suspension checks
· Steering alignment
· Battery condition checks
My car is making a noise, will a car service fix this?
With so many components on a vehicle, all having the potential to make a variety of noises, it would be difficult to give an accurate answer without first identifying the noise.
If the vehicle is due a service, details of the noise can be discussed at the time of booking. The All Trans Autos team will be happy to advise on whether the noise is able to be identified within the service. If the vehicle is not due for a car service, we would recommend visiting our Colchester based garage, where one of our trained technicians can listen to the noise and advise the best course of action.
Book your vehicle in for a service using out simple online booking system today, or, for further assistance, contact our team.
There is a warning light on my dashboard, will a car service fix this?
There are over 3,000 faults that can cause warning lights to illuminate on a car dashboard. Whether or not a service will remedy the fault and extinguish the light depends on which light is illuminated, and the underlying cause.
If the service light is illuminated, it will be reset and extinguished as part of the car service, meaning it will illuminate again when the next service is due. If the light is a warning lamp, it is unlikely the fault will be remedied by a car service.
Please contact our friendly team of experts here to discuss which light is illuminated and the best course of action.
Can I pay monthly for a car service?
Here at All Trans Autos, we have a number of finance and payment options available.
For those unexpected or difficult times, we have payment assist, a monthly payment plan. In order to qualify for payment assist, the bill must exceed £250.00.
The customer pays 25% of the bill at the time of collection and pays the remaining amount over 3 further, monthly payments. There is 0% interest and no hidden fees.
For those who prefer to plan, we have a savings scheme. This scheme lets you, the customer, deposit an amount of your choice each month, creating a savings balance, which may be used for any bill at All Trans Autos. We can estimate the annual servicing costs to assist with calculating the most appropriate monthly deposit.
In addition to these payment options, All Trans Autos will soon be introducing vehicle service plans. These will be able to be tailored to your needs from 12-month plans to 36-month plans incorporating all of the car servicing needs for your vehicle at an affordable monthly cost.
Does my car need a service every year?
Car manufacturers recommend that your car should have a car service every 12,000 miles or every 12months, whichever comes first. Some cars feature a self-diagnostic system, which will advise when a car servicing is due. Drivers are advised not to ignore these warning signs even if they occur before 12 months or 12,000 miles has been reached because regular car servicing can help to keep your car running smoothly and identify potential problems early on, reducing the risk of more serious and costly problems in the future, and also reducing the risk of a car breakdown.
What is the difference between a car service and an MOT?
MOTs should not be confused with vehicle services – the MOT must be passed on a yearly basis as a legal requirement, whereas services are highly recommended. An MOT ensures a vehicle meets the minimum standards of roadworthiness, whilst a service keeps it running in peak condition, and accounts for wear and tear. Undertaking regular car services will ensure your vehicle runs as well as possible, alongside retaining its value for possible future buyers.
A car service is an in-depth inspection, often carried out at set time intervals recommended by the manufacturer, or, after the car has travelled a certain number of miles, for example, 12,000, or 24,000.
Services aim to ensure vehicles are in optimum condition, by checking key components and replacing any ageing parts, or parts with a short lifespan. Common examples of this include air filters or fluids.
There are three different types of vehicle service: Interim, Full and Major – in Bosch garages, these are labelled bronze, silver, and gold respectively.
Do I have to get my car serviced by a main dealer?
No, you do not have to get your car serviced by a main dealer. Having a new vehicle serviced by a non-franchise dealer or location will not impact your warranty – legislation introduced by the EU in 2003 ensures this so long as two main conditions are followed by those completing the vehicle service. The vehicle manufacturer’s recommended service schedule must be followed, and only manufacturer-approved parts may be installed.
As an independent garage, All Trans Autos offer a full manufacturers service at a fraction of the cost. We are highly experienced in carrying out services as per the specifications and have the most up to date diagnostic equipment necessary for this.
Book your vehicle in for a service with us today using our simple online booking system.
How much does a car service cost?
As a guide, the average cost of basic vehicle service with All Trans Autos is £105-£130.00 including VAT and the average cost of full vehicle service is £210.00 to £260.00 including VAT. This price covers comprehensive checks and adjustments to over 50 different vehicle parts and systems on average, though this number may vary depending on which service tier is required. It is important to note that this cost does not cover the cost of any repairs, replacements, or new parts not scheduled for replacement.
Please do be mindful this is an average cost, for an accurate quote tailored specifically to your car and its servicing needs contact us with your registration, current mileage and if possible, history. We can also provide details for the range of payment options we have available. Book in for a service with All Trans Autos today using our simple online booking system, or contact us for more information.
How long should a car service take?
A full vehicle service with All Trans Autos takes on average around 3 hours, during which your vehicle will be inspected and adjusted by a team of specialist technicians and mechanics. This timeframe can vary depending on the type of service chosen, with Bronze typically being fastest, and Gold the most in-depth.
A car service generally includes the scheduled replacement of parts such as air filters and fluids, however, if any further or unexpected issues arise during the process, our team will explain potential causes, remedies, and any associated costs to the vehicle owner before proceeding.
Is a car service necessary?
Unlike an MOT test, a car service is not a legal requirement, however, car manufacturers recommend that your car should have a vehicle service every 12,000 miles or every 12months, whichever comes first. Some cars feature a self-diagnostic system, which will advise when a car servicing is due. Drivers are advised not to ignore these warning signs even if they occur before 12 months or 12,000 miles has been reached because regular car servicing can help to keep your car running smoothly and identify potential problems early on, reducing the risk of more serious and costly problems in the future, and also reducing the risk of a car breakdown.
Although it can be costly, there are a number of benefits associated with regular servicing, including higher resale value, improved reliability, braking and fuel efficiency, and smoother engine performance.
How can I check my car’s service history?
Having a history of full services can be seen as an appealing selling point when buyers shop for used vehicles and can help potentially retain the value. A lot of accredited Bosch services looking for accurate assessments use diagnostic tools to scrub and assess a vehicle’s computer system for previously stored information regarding the vehicle's history.
Typically you will find that when you purchase your car its service records and histories will be provided for you. You will be provided with a bookmarking of every service procedure performed on the car during its lifetime. Thanks to modern technology, you can also find your car's service history available on an online database, uploaded by the manufacturers. As a verified Bosch service and local independent garage, All Trans Autos can easily locate and access any previous records uploaded by previous handlers and review them for you.
If you cannot find your car's service book or its online records, All Trans Autos will be ready and able to offer you consultation where they will source new records. You can also approach a local independent garage to source any existing online records. If you require more information regarding your car service history, don’t hesitate, book a consultation with All Trans Autos today!
Can you perform an electric car service?
You may be pleased to hear that electric car maintenance is far simpler than regular vehicle maintenance. A Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) is a motor vehicle that combines a conventional combustion engine and an electric propulsion system. Due to having fewer moving parts, electric car servicing and maintenance is much easier and more cost-effective. Any driver will be elated to hear this as it provides an even bigger benefit for high mileage fleet car and van owners.
If you’re looking for a competent electric car service in the Essex area (or the larger East Anglia area) you can count on All Trans Auto to provide you with the service that you need. All Trans Autos Ltd have IMI qualified technicians on hybrid and fully electric vehicles. As an accredited Bosch service, our team of venerable professionals is here to help you in any way possible when it comes to servicing your electric car. Don’t hesitate, book today!
Can I book a car service online?
Thanks to the ingenuity of modern technology and the convenience of the world wide web, booking your car service online is as simple as clicking a button.
Book any of our services from the comfort of your home. Simply click the button, and choose the service you would like, and confirm a date and time. Don’t hesitate to check out our page on online booking to get a fully comprehensive list of our services, including car servicing.
If ever you are unsure about navigating the homepage or need further instructions on booking car service online, don’t hesitate to get in touch with All Trans Autos. Any one of our expert advisors will be happy to offer you assistance, information and assessment.
What is a Bosch car service?
A Bosch Car Service refers to a network of independent garages delivering high-quality vehicle servicing, maintenance, and repairs for any and all makes and models. The main principle of a Bosch Car Service is that they can offer a guaranteed affordable quality that their customers can trust. They do this by operating under a consumer code of practice (in place since 2003 and approved by the OFT) that includes an 8 point customer commitment which follows the 8 steps of:
- Treating customers with courtesy and respect.
- Having transparent and uncomplicated billing.
- Carrying out tasks in a timely and suitable manner.
- Not selling their customers unnecessary parts, services, or guarantees.
- Dealing with complaints quickly and fairly.
- Always using like-for-like quality parts.
- Conducting all repairs in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Employing honest and truthful promotions and advertisements.
If ever you are unsure about what makes a service qualified to be a Bosch service or need further instructions on booking a Bosch car service online, don’t hesitate to get in touch with All Trans Autos. Any one of our expert advisors will be happy to offer you assistance, information and assessment.
What car maintenance can I do myself?
At All Trans Autos, we understand that maintaining a car can be costly and considerably time-consuming. Luckily, there are some little D-I-Ys you can do to help alleviate the conundrums of a faulty vehicle. Routine maintenance by your own hands is not only helpful and convenient for you, but can also contribute to extending your vehicle's lifespan. The following are car maintenance checks you can do yourself all for nothing or a very low price which include (but not limited to):
- Check on fluid levels under the bonnet of your car. Once a month you can spend about 3 minutes checking on the engine coolant, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid, engine oil, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid.
- Check on tyre pressure.
- Change windshield wipers.
- Install new headlights and/or rear lights when the bulb has been burnt out.
- Replacing a blown electrical fuse when it blows.
- Changing the air filters.
- Replace spark plugs (this requires a significant commitment).
If you need instructions on how to carry out car maintenance, do not be afraid to question one of our venerable mechanics. Of course, significant damage that requires repair in the hands of a professional is inevitable and you will need to take your vehicle down to the garage for serious car maintenance. If ever you are unsure about what car maintenance you can do yourself and require a more comprehensive list of all the minor and even major works you can perform on your vehicle, don’t hesitate to get in touch with All Trans Autos. Any one of our expert advisors will be happy to offer you assistance, information and assessment.
The Highest Standard
To ensure vehicle servicing standards are maintained, garages must take part in a programme of quality, car servicing and performance checks. All Bosch Car Service garages aim to offer an outstanding level of care and attention as well as the highest standards of workmanship.
Our Upfront Fixed Price Car Servicing
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All prices quoted are subject to additional charges (specialist oils/platinum or electrode plugs or specialist parts) and are inclusive of VAT @ 20%.
For a full car service schedule and what each level of car servicing covers, please see our ‘Services’ on the top of the page menu or contact us for additional information about our car service in Colchester.
full car service checklist
|Items Checked in Vehicle Servicing||Type of Vehicle Service|
|Bronze Vehicle Service (Eco)||Silver Vehicle Service (Small)||Gold Vehicle Service (Full)|
Pre Engine Checks
|Check Vehicle History||x||x||x|
|Check timing belt replacement intervals||x||x||x|
|Check for damage to body work, lamps and trims||x||x|
|Check condition of seat belts||x||x|
|Check operation of interior lights||x|
|Check operation of exterior lights||x||x||x|
|Check operation of ABS and Airbag warning lights||x||x||x|
|Check air conditioning operation including bad odour*||x||x|
|Check windscreen washers and wipers||x||x||x|
|Add screen wash fluid *||x||x||x|
|Check operation of suspension dampers||x||x|
|Lubricate all door hinges, locks and bonnet catches||x||x|
|Check fuel cap||x||x|
Under Bonnet Checks
|Check cooling system including fan operation||x||x|
|Check and record anti freeze protection||x||x|
|Check and record brake fluid condition||x||x||x|
|Check all auxiliary belts (timing belt not included)||x||x||x|
|Check engine breather system||x|
|Check vacuum pipes||X||x|
|Check power steering operation and fluid condition||x||x||x|
|Check battery level and lubricate terminals *||x||x|
|Carry out battery test||x||x||x|
|Carry out charging test||x||x||x|
|Carry out starter test||x||x||x|
|Check and top up all under bonnet fluid levels||x||x||x|
|Replace air filter||x|
|Replace spark plugs *||x|
|Replace fuel filter *||x|
|Replace pollen filter *||x||x|
|Check and report on oil leaks||x||x||x|
|Check and report on water leaks||x||x||x|
|Drain engine oil and replace||x||x||x|
|Replace oil filter||x||x||x|
|Check fuel lines and brake pipes||x||x|
|Check security and condition of the exhaust system||x||x||x|
|Check and top up axle and transfer box oil levels *||x||x|
|Check and top up gearbox oil level||x||x|
|Check all steering and suspension joints, mountings and gaiters||x||x||x|
|Carry out full tyre report||x||x||x|
|Check and adjust tyre pressures||x||x||x|
|Check all wheel bearings for excessive play and noise (Adjust if required)||x||x|
|Check CV Gaiters and joints for wear and splits||x||x||x|
|Check clutch cable/cylinder*||x||x||x|
|Grease all greasing points||x||x|
|Check operation and condition of front brakes||Visual||Visual||x|
|Check operation and condition of rear brakes (Inlcuding handbrake)||Visual||Visual||x|
|Carry out brake report||x|
|Refill engine with manufacturer’s specific grade oil||x||x||x|
|Check wheel nut torque to manufacturer’s specification||x||x||x|
|Road test and report findings||x||x||x|
|Re-check engine oil level||x||x||x|
|Reset service indicator *||x||x||x|
|Stamp service book or update DSB *||x||x||x|
We are extremely proud to be a Bosch Car Service Centre in Colchester. In order to be accredited with this, specific criteria must be met and our car servicing technicians are trained to the highest standards on the latest technologies including diagnostic equipment to pinpoint any faults in your vehicle as quickly and accurately as possible.
We understand the importance in keeping your vehicle on the road and keeping you safe which is why at All Trans Autos Ltd in Colchester, our staff work Monday – Friday 8 am – 6 pm and 8 am – 5 pm on Saturdays.
Car Servicing Testimonials
All Trans Autos are a friendly and professional team to work with. I couldn’t recommend a better car garage in Colchester to hire a van, get your car service, MOT or any other car servicing requirements. Cheers guys!
Very helpful, friendly and efficient. I would highly recommend them. Thanks for a great Car Service and MOT.
Great service and friendly people. They managed to do the car service and MOT and get parts during the pandemic without hassle. Easy online booking and regular updates. Couldn’t ask for more.
Great car service!
Never had any problems at all. Using All Trans Autos for my MOT and Car Service for the last 8 years.
Brilliant car service.
Got no bull from the staff in the office. Good, helpful and polite. The team like to do things right. Damn good car services. Recommended.
Completely happy with All Trans Autos. Owner Richard is very professional. The office staff are very polite and helpful. John the mechanic was very good at his job, Once again, thank you all for your help with my car servicing and MOT.
Great car service and great mechanics. They sort out vehicles well.
Thank you All Trans for the speedy car service. Been searching for a reliable friendly garage for ages, now my search is finally over. Thank you again, I’ll definitely be back from my car service and MOT!
Great, friendly, helpful, professional car servicing throughout, really pleased with everything they’ve done.
Very pleased with the car service we received on our Fiesta recently. Another visit to All Trans for our car. They came highly recommended as a car garage from new friends of ours and we will certainly recommend ourselves.
A great friendly garage. They look after my car and my lorry for car service and MOT. Nothing is too much trouble. Would recommend them to anyone.
Thank you for the excellent car service and repairs to my car in the MOT. Also for your kindness shown to me on this occasion. Much appreciated. Will definitely be visiting again.
Very professional family run business, great knowledge regarding car repairs and car servicing. Also very reasonable rates for van hire. Can’t recommend enough, lovely people and great car service.
Many thanks for your really great car service yesterday, you sorted out our problems and got us on our way home. Wish all garages were this helpful and friendly, thank you all.
I have known this garage for many years and they have been very professional in all parts of the company, from van hire to car servicing, MOT and car repairs. I would certainly recommend them, try them and you will see I am right.