Car Servicing

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Car Servicing Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

Auto Service & Tuning Centre has over 40 years of experience in delivering quality car servicing to Hitchin, Hertfordshire and beyond. Regular car servicing is an integral part of vehicle maintenance. Acting as a comprehensive vehicular health check-up, services take into account parts commonly subject to wear and tear, general safety, and roadworthiness, all whilst ensuring any faults or issues present are detected and noted. A well-serviced car should perform to an optimum standard.

As a proud member of the Bosch Car Service Centre network, Auto Service & Tuning Centre conduct services to a national standard, specialising in German-built vehicles. Our experienced, Bosch accredited technicians conduct car servicing across Bosch’s three tiers using top of the line equipment and genuine and manufacturer-approved parts, ensuring warranty retention in newer models, and that all vehicles subject to our services leave performing optimally. 

All services performed at Auto Service & Tuning Centre are in line with warranty retention requirements. We’ll perform services exactly to the manufacturer’s schedule, and are able to log all tasks in your Digital Service Booklet.

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We are proud to provide fully accredited and certified Bosch vehicle servicing to Hitchin, Letchworth, Stevenage, Royston, Baldock, Bedford, Luton, and beyond. For further advice on selecting a service most suited to your car, or to speak to one of our specialists regarding any of our other services, contact us today.

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Top of the line diagnostic equipment

Auto Service & Tuning Centre’s team of Bosch accredited technicians are highly qualified, allowing for the use of sophisticated diagnostic equipment within our servicing centre. Using this equipment, our technicians can undertake inspections of all aspects of a car’s operating system, from fluid levels to the engine, with speed and precision.

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Warranty retention

As a result of their extensive training, and 40 years of experience in the automotive industry, our technicians possess unrivalled knowledge in the field of manufacturer’s specifications and schedules. This, alongside our use of only quality and manufacturer approved parts, ensures all services performed at Auto Service & Tuning Centre are in line with warranty retention requirements. We’ll perform services exactly to the manufacturer’s schedule, and are able to log all tasks in your Digital Service Booklet.

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High-quality parts

Auto Service & Tuning Centre guarantees our use of only high-quality, or manufacturer-approved parts at our garage in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. We help your car perform at its best, at a fraction of dealership costs.

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Extensive checks and adjustments

We offer up to 51 vehicular system checks and adjustments as part of our service packages in Hitchin, depending on the service type required. These checks will ensure every part of your vehicle is in line with manufacturer specifications and performing as it should be.

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Access to DSBs and Manufacturer’s Schedules

As a result of their extensive training, and 40 years of experience in the automotive industry, our technicians possess unrivalled knowledge in the field of manufacturer’s specifications and schedules. We’ll ensure they’re followed exactly and will keep your Digital Service Booklet up to date – helping retain your vehicle’s warranty.

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Online booking service

We are proud to provide fully accredited and certified Bosch vehicle servicing to Hitchin, Letchworth, Stevenage, Royston, Baldock, Bedford, Luton, and beyond. 

Benefits of Car Servicing

Undertaking regular car servicing can provide you with absolute assurance in the safety and reliability of your vehicle – the team at Auto Service & Tuning Centre believe this peace of mind is priceless. In addition to this primary benefit, there are a number positives associated with regular servicing, including (but not limited to):

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Value retention – full-service histories make for an attractive selling point in used vehicles. Auto Service & Tuning Centre provide the added benefit of a national guarantee on top of any existing warranties.

Reliable performance – regular checks to all key components of the vehicle mean issues can be caught before performance deteriorates, leading to an optimal ride, and lower repair costs.

Increased fuel efficiency – regular engine oil and oil filter changes result in increased fuel efficiency and smoother performance, resulting in decreased running costs.

Improved braking – full services include a comprehensive brake check, ensuring optimum functionality. Improved braking can contribute to vehicle efficiency, and reduce maintenance costs significantly.

Our Car Servicing Packages

Auto Service & Tuning Centre currently offers three levels of Bosch accredited services tailored to suit the individual needs of your vehicle; Bosch’s three tiers using top of the line equipment and genuine and manufacturer-approved parts, ensuring warranty retention in newer models, and that all vehicles subject to our services leave performing optimally.

Bronze

  • Best suited to well maintained, low-mileage vehicles
  • Includes 31 service tasks and checks
  • Includes oil change and oil filter replacement

Silver

  • Should be conducted every 12,000 miles, or every year
  • Includes 47 service tasks and checks
  • Includes oil change, in addition to oil and air filter replacement

Gold

  • Should be conducted 24,000 miles or every 2 years
  • Includes 53 service tasks and checks
  • Includes oil change, oil, and air filter replacement and spark plug replacement if necessary
What's Included in each package?
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 bodywork, lamps and trims x x
Check the 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 antifreeze 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
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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 the 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 (Including 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
Vehicle
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
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Auto Service & Tuning Centre are accredited providers of Bosch standard servicing. Our highly trained technicians combine their unrivalled knowledge, and confident use of dealership standard diagnostic technology to provide a complete service, including extensive checks and adjustments, alongside scheduled part replacement using only quality, or manufacturer approved parts.

Car Servicing FAQs

Do I have to get my car serviced by a main dealer?

Warranty retention is often a big concern for owners of newer vehicles – especially where servicing is concerned. Though dealerships often state that vehicles must be serviced at franchise locations in order to keep warranties intact, EU legislation introduced in 2003 states that vehicle owners are not obliged to have their vehicle serviced by a franchise dealer during the warranty period. This legislation is, however, subject to certain restrictions;

In order to retain a warranty whilst receiving service from a non-franchise dealer, the manufacturer’s recommended schedule must be followed, and only manufacturer-approved parts may be installed.

Auto Service & Tuning Centre guarantees our use of quality or manufacturer-approved parts, and recommended schedules in our services. Book with us today.

How much does a car service cost?

There are three main types of vehicle service – full, interim, and major services (or, Bronze, Silver, and Gold in the case of Bosch accredited garages). Each tier of service offers slightly different inspections and adjustments, with prices differing accordingly. The price of a service generally covers comprehensive checks and adjustments to over 31 different vehicle parts and systems depending on service type. It is important to note that this cost does not cover the cost of any repairs, replacements, or new parts.

An interim, or Bronze service with Auto Service & Tuning Centre generally costs £X, and covers checks and adjustments of – Bodywork and mirrors, timing belt interval, ABS, warning lights, interior and exterior lights, seatbelts, windscreen wipers, mirrors, fuel cap, air conditioning, power steering, auxiliary and fan belts, air filter, battery, clutch, handbrake, engine and gearbox oil levels, fluid levels, steering and suspension, exhaust system, fuel lines, brake pipes and hoses, cylinders, calipers, tyres, brake pads, drums, discs, and emissions. Interim services also include oil filter replacement.

A full, or silver service with Auto Service & Tuning Centre generally costs £X, and covers everything covered in an interim service, alongside an air filter replacement, and checks for wear and tear and functionality of the vehicle’s door hinges, catches, and locks, coolant system, engine cooling fan, throttle operation, distributor cap, engine and gearbox mounts, radiator and coolant pipes, starter motor, wheels and bearings, and brakes.

A major, or gold service with Auto Service & Tuning Centre generally costs £X, and includes everything covered in a full service, alongside extensive checks and inspection, and the changing of spark plugs, and fuel filters.

What does a service include?

A service generally includes comprehensive checks and adjustments of over 31 different vehicle parts and systems dependant on service type, including (but 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

Service coverage is affected by the type of service required. Auto Service & Tuning Centre currently offers bronze, silver, and gold Bosch accredited services. Contact us today to find out more.

What is the difference between a service and an MOT?

Services and MOTs are two very different services. Whilst an MOT is an annual inspection covering safety and roadworthiness, services account for wear and tear, ensuring all aspects of the vehicle out with MOT requirements are accounted for, keeping your vehicle in peak condition, and replacing parts such as air filters and fluids when required.

Whilst MOTs are undertaken once per year, services are generally performed at set time intervals, or after a vehicle has travelled a specific number of miles. Manufacturers will generally provide a service ‘timetable’ that vehicle owners should aim to follow in order to maintain vehicle condition.

Auto Service & Tuning Centre currently offers three tiers of Bosch accredited servicing packages; Bronze, Silver, and Gold.

How often should I get a service?

Your garage should be able to provide specialist advice on when your vehicle’s next service should be, however, general guidelines state that full, or Silver services should be carried out annually, or approximately every 12,000 miles driven.
Auto Service & Tuning Centre currently offer three levels of Bosch accredited services;

Bronze
Best suited to well maintained, low-mileage vehicles
Includes 31 service tasks and checks
Includes oil change and oil filter replacement

Silver
Should be conducted every 12,000 miles, or every year
Includes 47 service tasks and checks
Includes oil change, in addition to oil and air filter replacement

Gold
Should be conducted 24,000 miles or every 2 years
Includes 53 service tasks and checks
Includes oil change, oil, and air filter replacement and spark plug replacement if necessary

How long should a service take?

A service with Auto Service & Tuning Centre takes on average around 3 hours and will be completed by a team of specialist technicians and mechanics, who will inspect over 31 different aspects of the vehicle, replacing specified parts where necessary. The number of parts checked is dependent on the service type required.

If any issues arise during the service out with planned part replacements, our team will explain in depth the reasons for replacement and associated costs, allowing the vehicle owner to make an informed decision before proceeding.

Is a car service necessary?

Services, unlike MOT tests, are not a legal requirement. However, regularly servicing a vehicle is the best way to keep it in peak condition, and catch issues before they become performance deteriorates. There are a number of benefits associated with regular servicing, including (but not limited to):

  • Value retention – full-service histories make for an attractive selling point in used vehicles
  • Reliable performance – regular checks to all key components of the vehicle mean issues can be caught before performance deteriorates
  • Increased fuel efficiency – regular engine oil and oil filter changes result in increased fuel efficiency and smoother performance
  • Improved braking – full services include a comprehensive brake check, ensuring optimum functionality.

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Main Depot.

42 Wilbury Way
Hitchin
Hertfordshire
SG4 0AP

Service hours.

Mon - Thur: 08:00 - 17:00
Fri: 08:00 - 18:00
Sat - Sun: Closed
Closed on bank holidays