Car Servicing

Part of the Bosch Car Service network

Bosch Car Service Colchester

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.

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Car Service FAQ’s

How often should you have your car serviced?

Each car manufacturer makes specific service recommendations for each model, with many newer cars designed to go longer between intervals. Depending on the vehicles make age, mileage and history a good rule of thumb for car servicing is every 12,000 miles or 12 months. To get a guide specific to your vehicle servicing, contact us with your registration, current mileage and if possible, any known car service history.

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 is included in a car service?

Regrettably, for the consumer there is no industry-based formula for a car service so a ‘full vehicle service’ in one garage, for example, may include 50 point checks and in another only 40 point checks. Rest assured as a Bosch Car Service we work to the highest standards using only original equipment parts and manufacture approved oils. Take a look at our website to what we include in each of our pre-set services. 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. For us to do this please contact us with your vehicle registration, current mileage and if possible, history.

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 and we can best advise whether the noise is able to be identified within the service. If the vehicle is not due for a car service, we would advise visiting us where one of our trained technicians can listen to the noise and advise the best course of action.

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. It very much depends on which light is illuminated and the cause as to whether a car service will remedy the fault and extinguish the light. If the service light is illuminated, as a part of the car service it will be reset and extinguished to illuminate again when the next car service is due. If it is a warning lamp it is unlikely the fault will be remedied by a car service. Please contact us to discuss which light is illuminated and the best course of action.

My car needs a service, can I pay monthly?

Yes, we have a number of finance and payment options available.

For those unexpected or difficult times we have 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. The customer puts in an amount each month, that best suits them and the customer can use their saved funds for any bill at All Trans Autos. We can estimate the annual servicing costs to assist with calculating the most appropriate amount.

Very soon we will 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’s the difference between an MOT and a Car Service?

An MOT is a mandatory test to ensure that your car is roadworthy (every car over the age of three years old requires an annual MOT test to comply with UK law), however, a car service follows detailed guidelines, set out by the vehicle manufacturer and is designed to keep your car in peak condition, will keep your car running smoothly, as well as prolonging its lifespan and maintaining its value when you come to sell. However, unlike the MOT test, Car Servicing is not required by law.

high quality servicing


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.

Bosch Car Service Colchester, Essex

Our Upfront Fixed Price Car Servicing

Engine size from
Oil change
Bronze Service
Silver Service
Gold Service

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 Car Servicing Type of Car Service
Bronze Car Service (Eco) Silver Car Service (Small) Gold Car 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 horn 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
Vehicle Raised
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

Our Car Service Mission

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.

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Book any of our services from the comfort of your home. Simply click the button below, choose the service you would like and confirm a date and time.

Car Service Testimonials

John P.

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!

Kevin F.

Very helpful, friendly and efficient. I would highly recommend them. Thanks for a great Car Service and MOT.

Emma F

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.

Matthew S.

Great car service!

Antoni G.

Never had any problems at all. Using All Trans Autos for my MOT and Car Service for the last 8 years.

Chicky F.

Brilliant car service.

Katherine M.

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.

Kirk P.

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.

Thomas B.

Great car service and great mechanics. They sort out vehicles well.

Natalie F.

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!

Simon F.

Great, friendly, helpful, professional car servicing throughout, really pleased with everything they’ve done.

Simon M.

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.

Linda S.

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.

Jackie E.

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.

Becky R.

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.

Roger S.

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.

Jim L.

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.