Bristol’s Best MOT & Service Centre

MOT and Service Centre in Bristol

Bristol’s Best MOT & Service Centre

We service, repair, and MOT any make and model.

Why Use AP Autocare For Your MOT and Service?

    • While you wait service
    • Celebrating over 40 years in business
    • Bristol’s premier trusted car service centre
    • Same day service
    • Registered Good Garage Scheme Member
    • VOSA Authorised MOT centre
    • Experienced and friendly staff

MOT Centre Bristol | MOT Testing & Service Garage Bristol

    • MOT class 4
    • MOT class 7
    • MOT class 5
    • MOT & servicing
    • Free MOT re-test

Every vehicle on the road in the UK must have an MOT. A valid MOT certificate certifies that your vehicle is safe to be on the road. Your vehicle must go through an MOT every year and be certified by a qualified MOT centre, such as AP Autocare. We undertake MOTs on a wide variety of vehicles, including class 4 vehicles, class 5 vehicles, and class 7 vehicles. We also offer FREE re-tests on vehicles that we perform an MOT on, so if your vehicle does fail on a certain part, we can make any required repairs and put it through its MOT once more for it to pass for FREE.

AP Autocare is the biggest independent multi-manufacturer specialist in Bristol and specialises in Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Skoda, BMW, Mini, Porsche, Citroen, Land Rover, and Peugeot. Using us for your MOT, service and repairs means you will pay a fair price and much less than the main dealer’s prices


AP Autocare Ltd MOT & Service Centre

Our Services

AP Autocare is one of Bristol’s best and most trusted car garages. We have been trading for over 40 years and provide the very best customer service to every one of our customers. We are very proud of the positive reputation that we have gained over the years, and we strive to provide our customers with great service for their vehicles every time. We offer a wide range of different repair services on a huge variety of different vehicle makes and models. What’s more is that every repair, service or car sale is covered by a 12-month guarantee, which means you know that it won’t let you down! If you’d like to know more about how our team of experienced and qualified mechanics here at AP Autocare can help you, please call us on 0117 963 8916.

As one of the leading car garages in Bristol, we offer a massive range of car-related services so that you can keep your vehicle in running order all under one roof.

Our Car Servicing

Regular car servicing plays a crucial role in maintaining the optimal performance and longevity of a vehicle. It involves routine servicing and checks that go beyond just the ones you should do at home yourself. Keeping your vehicle running smoothly is essential for safety, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. By adhering to a regular servicing schedule, you can ensure that your vehicles remain in the best condition, benefiting both you and your vehicle.

Car servicing is not only about changing oils and filters; it encompasses a thorough inspection of the essential components of a vehicle. A full car service includes checking the brakes, suspension, steering, exhaust, oil, fluids, and lights, as well as performing an overall safety check. It can also include a full diagnostic check of the vehicle’s engine, transmission, and other components, depending on the age of the car.

During a service, our technicians will conduct a brake check to ensure they are working as they should. By identifying worn brake pads or brake fluid leaks early, you can avoid costly repairs, and, more importantly, potential brake failure, which is a leading cause of accidents that can be prevented. 

Furthermore, regular servicing involves the replacement of key components like the engine’s oil and air filters, and the checking of the spark plugs. By checking and replacing these essential components, your vehicle’s performance is optimised, leading to smoother operation and potentially costly repairs down the line. The timely replacement of a vehicle’s air filter not only improves engine efficiency but also prevents contaminants from entering the engine, reducing the risk of damage during its lifespan, as well as extending it. The performance-enhancing measures that take place during a service will result in a more reliable and efficient vehicle.

The Importance of Car Servicing and Safety

Regular car servicing is paramount for your and other road users’ safety. During routine maintenance checks and servicing, potential hazards can be identified and rectified before they escalate. This subsequently ensures safer driving conditions for both the vehicle’s occupants and other road users. During service, if brake pads are found to be worn and replaced, it significantly reduces the risk of brake failure, which can lead to accidents. As well as this, the inspection of critical safety features such as airbags, seat belts, and lights guarantees that these components are in optimal working condition, enhancing the overall safety of the vehicle. 

Regular servicing and your annual MOT also include checking the functionality of lights, indicators, and other electrical systems, which are essential for visibility and communication on the road. For example, ensuring that all lights are working correctly not only helps the driver see the road clearly at night but also makes the vehicle more visible to other drivers, reducing the chances of accidents due to poor visibility. By addressing safety aspects comprehensively during our servicing, the overall safety standards of the vehicle are enhanced, making it less susceptible to unforeseen issues on the road.

The Performance Benefits of Routine Servicing

Regular servicing not only ensures the longevity of a vehicle but also offers a multitude of performance benefits. The checks we carry out during a service allow early detection and resolution of potential issues before they become major problems for you. This proactive approach not only saves you money on future repairs but also prevents sudden breakdowns that catch you unaware.

The replacement of crucial components like engine oil, filters, and spark plugs during servicing also plays a vital role in enhancing your vehicle’s overall performance. A vehicle with clean engine oil and well-functioning spark plugs will experience improved fuel efficiency and smoother acceleration. By prioritising routine servicing and component replacements, you can ensure that your vehicle operates optimally, delivering the performance you would expect.

Another key benefit of regular car servicing is the positive impact it has on your fuel consumption. Maintaining the correct tyre pressure and having balanced tyres play a crucial role in improving your fuel economy and your vehicle’s efficiency. When tyres are underinflated, more fuel is needed to move the vehicle due to increased rolling resistance, ultimately affecting the overall efficiency of your car. 

In addition to tyre maintenance, regular oil changes and air filter replacements are also essential to maximising your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Engine oil lubricates the moving parts of the engine, reducing friction and improving its overall performance. Over time, oil breaks down and becomes less effective, impacting the engine’s efficiency. By changing the oil at recommended intervals, you can ensure that the engine operates smoothly, leading to better fuel economy. Similarly, a clean air filter allows the engine to receive an optimal air-to-fuel ratio, promoting efficient combustion. Neglecting to replace a clogged air filter can restrict airflow, causing the engine to work harder and consume more fuel. These servicing checks contribute significantly to the vehicle’s overall fuel efficiency, saving you money, as well as increasing the lifespan of your vehicle’s engine as it doesn’t have to work as hard.

Having your car or other vehicle serviced is vital to its running and the general health of your car. During a service, our highly trained car mechanics check over a set list of components on your vehicle and provide you with a full report of each when it is complete. They will advise you on any repair work that your vehicle may require for it to perform at its best, as well as be safe on the roads. 

When comparing the cost of a service and MOT in Bristol, we are Bristol’s largest multi-manufacturer independent specialist for VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda, BMW, Mini, Porsche, Citroen, Land Rover, and Peugeot. This means you gave all the specialist knowledge required for your vehicle’s make and model at a fraction of the cost of a main dealer service, or MOT.

Moreover, a full service with our experienced team involves checking fluids and components and plays a crucial role in preventing unexpected breakdowns and increasing fuel efficiency. By conducting our thorough servicing inspections and necessary replacements during a full service, we can identify potential issues and rectify them before they escalate, saving you both time and money in the long run. AP Autocare’s proactive approach to car maintenance is highly beneficial for car owners looking to ensure the reliability and value retention of their vehicles.

AP Autocare and most manufacturers recommend an interim service every 6 months. Our interim servicing checks focus on maintaining essential components and systems, contributing to your car’s overall performance and safety. Giving you peace of mind that your vehicle is in optimal condition and less prone to unexpected malfunctions on the road.


At AP Autocare, we offer two different car services suitable for any vehicle over 5 years of age.

AP Autocare Standard Servicing Costs

Standard Interim Service from £135, where engine size CC is under 2.0 – During this service, the basic components of your vehicle are checked, plus a replacement oil filter is included, along with a full oil refill.

Standard Full Service from £299, where engine size CC is under 2.0 – This service, includes all parts that an interim service checks and replaces, plus your air filter, fuel filter, and spark plugs are all changed, on top of more in-depth checks throughout your vehicle.

Bristol MOTs At AP Autocare 

Best Mot & Service Centre - AP Autocare LtdMOTs and servicing are essential components of vehicle maintenance and safety in Bristol, and both provide peace of mind to car owners. By adhering to a regular servicing schedule, you can prolong the lifespan of your vehicle and maintain optimal performance levels, saving you money in the long run. 

MOT tests are mandatory for vehicles over three years old in the UK, serving as a crucial safety measure to ensure that UK vehicles meet environmental standards and roadworthiness standards. An MOT test checks essential components such as brakes, lights, tyres, and emissions to guarantee that the vehicle is safe to be on the road. Not adhering to these regulations can have serious consequences, including fines and your insurance becoming void, as well as you and other road users not being safe.

Factors to Consider When Choosing an MOT and Servicing Garage in Bristol

Choosing the right MOT and servicing garage in Bristol is important for your vehicle, your safety, and the costs associated with running a car. 

    • Look for a garage that has accreditations  
    • Look for a garage that has good customer reviews
    • Choose a garage that is a member of the Good Garage Scheme
    • Find a garage that has experience in the make and model of your vehicle
    • Choose a garage that is main dealer recognised and holds manufacturer accreditations
    • Pick a garage that has dealer-level diagnostic equipment suitable for your make and model of car
    • Find a garage that provides you with a written service report 
    • Locate a garage that offers an urgent repair and replacement service so if you have a problem with your car, they can repair it for you quickly
    • As above, this means if an issue is picked up during your car service or MOT, they can fix the problem without you having to take it to another garage
    • Choose a garage whose repairs are covered by a 12-month guarantee
    • Ask the garage if they will provide a no-obligation quote for any repair costs
    • Choose a garage that has an easy initial booking process

AP Autocare’s supplementary garage services in Bristol ensure that our customers receive comprehensive care for their vehicles all under one roof, making the overall MOT, servicing, and repair experience more convenient and efficient for you as a car owner.

We offer competitive prices and services specifically for your air conditioning, tyres, exhaust, brakes, clutch, and bodywork, including paint repairs. Please call so that we can provide you with a price based on the suggested service schedule if your vehicle is still under the manufacturer’s warranty.

We are located in Bedminster, Bristol, within a short walking distance of Bristol City Centre. Our friendly team will be happy to help answer any questions you have before you book your vehicle in with us or after. If you are interested in any of our expert services, or to book your MOT, service, or repair, call us today on 0117 963 8916

You can book your vehicle service in 5 simple steps with your vehicle registration. BOOK YOUR VEHICLE IN ONLINE HERE

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Car Service Bristol

Dependable and Trusted Car Services

Are you seeking a dependable and cost-effective car service in Bristol? Are you searching for a car garage that can handle any issue with a wide range of services, from MOT testing to clutch replacement, brake replacement, exhaust fitting, oil filter change, diagnostics, interim or annual services, and much more? Do you want your vehicle back on the road quickly with complete peace of mind thanks to a 12-month guarantee covering both parts and labour? If so, then look no further than our garage, AP Autocare! We’re here to help.

Are you struggling with car-related issues? AP Autocentre is the answer to all your problems! We are an independent garage that specialises in providing exceptional services for cars and light commercial vehicles of any make or model. including BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Citroen, Peugeot, Mini, Land Rover, etc. Our team of skilled technicians has extensive knowledge about every model of car, which enables us to provide top-quality solutions quickly at affordable rates without compromising on quality. So why wait? Visit our centre today; we are located in Bristol, and we guarantee satisfaction every time!

AP Autocentre is a family-owned business with over two decades of experience in the motor trade. With the same cutting-edge tools and technology that Main Dealers use, our team of highly skilled and experienced technicians provides exceptional service for your car every time. We also offer unparalleled customer care, which sets us apart from other providers with highly competitive rates. Whether you need an oil change or a complex engine rebuild, we can handle it seamlessly and efficiently. Come visit our friendly team today!

Contact us today at 0117 963 8916 or contact us here, or you can quickly and easily book your service with us online here.

Car Repair and MOT Services in Bristol

AP Autocentre in Bristol recognises that your car is essential to you, and its upkeep matters greatly. We offer a range of services tailored specifically to your needs and budget so that you can keep it running smoothly. Our options include:


Nothing beats a comprehensive service that covers all bases when it comes to maintaining your vehicle’s mechanical and electrical systems. We offer just that, one that’s designed with every aspect of car care in mind. Our regular servicing options include all the maintenance checks that will keep your vehicle running safely and efficiently. From oil changes and filter replacements through tyre pressure checks and battery tests with our expert technicians, everything is included under this umbrella term of vehicle service for maximum convenience and peace of mind at affordable prices, meaning you drive away from us feeling confident about the state of your vehicle and the service you have received.

Mechanical & Bodywork Repairs

For those who need a quick fix for their car’s mechanical and electrical systems without breaking the bank, our interim service is just what you need. Our offering includes an oil change with filter replacement, tyre pressure checks, light inspections, and more. With this package, we ensure that your vehicle remains in top condition between major services.


A comprehensive MOT pre-check includes a detailed examination of your vehicle’s safety features and emissions, as well as any necessary repairs or adjustments to ensure it passes the test. This service provides peace of mind, knowing that all aspects have been thoroughly checked beforehand. With this approach, you can avoid last-minute surprises when taking your car for its mandatory annual inspection.


To ensure the safety and performance of your car, we use advanced diagnostic tools to scan its computer system. Our report will highlight any fault codes or issues that may affect it, so you can take appropriate action quickly. With our expertise in this area, trust us for accurate results every time!

Air Conditioning Servicing & Repairs

Air conditioning is an essential feature in modern vehicles that keeps drivers comfortable during hot weather. Our specialised equipment allows us to perform a thorough re-gas of your car’s air conditioning system while also checking hoses, seals, valves, and compressors for any issues or leaks. This ensures optimal performance from this important component year-round.

Tyre Repair & Replacement

Are you looking for a reliable source of quality tyres? Look no further than our store! We offer an extensive range of top brands and sizes to suit your needs. Additionally, we provide expert advice on tread depth pressure checks and assess the condition of existing tyres so that customers can make informed decisions about their purchases. Trust us with all things related to tyre care, we’ve got it covered!

Exhaust Repair & Replacement

To ensure optimal performance and compliance with emissions standards, we offer a comprehensive exhaust system repair or replacement service using only top-quality parts and materials. Our expert technicians will also inspect your catalytic converter for any issues that may arise during this process. Trust us to keep you on the road safely while minimising your environmental impact!

Brake Repair & Replacement

Your car’s brakes are essential for keeping you safe on the road. That’s why we take care of any repairs or replacement needs with premium parts and fluids that meet our high standards. We also check your brake fluid level to ensure optimal performance at all times. Our goal is always to keep you driving safely and confidently.

Cambelt Repair & Replacement

Cambelts are an essential component of your vehicle’s engine that requires regular maintenance. Our team is equipped with OEM parts and tools to replace or repair faulty cambelts quickly and efficiently. We also perform thorough checks on tensioners, pulleys, and water pumps during this process, ensuring optimal performance from all components involved in the system.

Transmission Diagnostics & Repair

If you’re experiencing issues with your car’s transmission system, we have the expertise and equipment necessary to fix it. Our dealer-manufacturer diagnostic equipment allows us to effectively diagnose any issues with your vehicle, and our specialist parts allow us to repair or replace faulty gearboxes (manual or automatic), clutches (single mass flywheel or dual mass flywheel), differentials, and driveshafts quickly and efficiently. Let our team handle all of your transmission needs!

Experience garage services at our establishment!

At AP Autocentre Garage in Bristol, we understand that convenience and satisfaction are key when it comes to car maintenance. That’s why we offer additional services for our customers’ benefit. These include:

We understand how inconvenient it can be when your car needs repairs or servicing, – which is why we offer a range of complimentary services to make things easier for you. Our free collection and delivery service means that we’ll come to pick up your vehicle from wherever it is most convenient (home or workplace) and bring it back once it has been fixed.

If having access to transportation while waiting on repairs is important, then our courtesy car option might interest you. We have limited availability but will do everything possible to provide this at no cost whatsoever and as part of your servicing costs! Additionally, we want all drivers to stay informed about potential issues with their vehicles, so we perform complimentary visual inspections as well as advise accordingly on maintenance requirements afterwards. 

About AP Autocare

AP Autocentre Garage is located in Bedminster, Bristol, and offers top-notch automotive services. Our opening hours are Monday through to Friday, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. You can easily book an appointment online or request a free quote by calling us at 0117 963 8916. For more information about our company, please visit our website, where you will find all the necessary details regarding what we do best! We look forward to serving you soon!

AP Autocentre is a leading car repair service centre in Bristol that offers exceptional services for your vehicle. Our team has extensive knowledge and experience, enabling us to provide top-quality workmanship at competitive prices. We have built up an impressive customer base that recommends our services due to their satisfaction with the results we deliver. Our passion for cars drives us towards excellence every day! Come visit AP Autocentre today; you won’t be disappointed!

Don’t delay any further. Reach out to us now and let AP Autocentre provide you with quality service and handle your vehicle maintenance needs. With our trustworthy reputation and our exceptional customer service, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands, knowing we will provide exceptional service every time. Contact us today at 0117 963 8916 or contact us here!

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5 Questions To Ask When Choosing A Mechanic

Choosing A Mechanic

Anyone who owns a car understands that you never truly know what you are buying or what can be expected. Having your car regularly serviced will prevent a lot of problems or issues from happening, and it will also highlight any potential future issues so you can resolve them before they happen. 

Choosing a mechanic or garage to service or repair your car can be difficult if you don’t know anyone locally or have any recommendations. When you find a good garage, it is a win-win, as you will know you can trust them to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive, and they won’t do any unnecessary repairs or overcharge you for them. 

There are lots of garages and mechanics all over the UK, and this actually makes it more difficult when you are looking for one.

So, how do you know if a mechanic or garage is right for you and your vehicle? Here are our hints and tips to help you narrow down your options and find someone or a garage you can trust.

Types of Garages

Service and Repair

Vehicle maintenance and repairs are done at this kind of garage. They will have sound mechanical knowledge and the appropriate diagnostic equipment, such as lifting tables, ramps, etc.

Body Shops

Body shops specialise in fixing cars that have been in accidents, minor bumps, or scrapes that have only sustained minor damage. A body shop garage repairs paintwork, beats panels back into shape, and ensures vehicles are roadworthy. They use specialist equipment, including paint spraying booths, ovens, lifting tables, etc.

MOT Stations

An MOT station has to employ a qualified MOT tester to operate an MOT station. They will have the relevant diagnostic tools for a full range of vehicles and be a certified MOT garage. An MOT Station must have a business manager (sometimes called an ‘AE designated manager’) who is in charge of all MOT testing by the business

The MOT business manager must have taken an approved course, e.g., the former 2-day DVSA course or a level 3 award in MOT Test Centre Management.

You should always use an approved car garage for work on your car, such as a service, repair, or MOT. These garages are all approved by the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair.

What is the Motor Industry Code of Practice?

The Motor Industry Code of Practice was launched in 2008, and its aim was to improve the general image of the trade by encouraging garages to raise their standards and rebuild customer confidence.

Their purpose and aim are to help customers identify garages that will deal with their cars properly and provide good service. The Code of Practice addresses every facet of garage work, including staffing, billing, and handling complaints. It also addresses booking work and performing repairs.

5 Essential Questions To Ask When Looking for a Mechanic

Look for a Motor Codes garage

The Motor Industry Code of Practice was launched in 2008, and its aim was to improve the general image of the trade by encouraging garages to raise their standards and rebuild customer confidence.

Their purpose and aim are to help customers identify garages that will deal with their cars properly and provide good service. The Code of Practice addresses every facet of garage work, including staffing, billing, and handling complaints. It also addresses booking work and performing repairs.

Look for a Good Garage Scheme Registered Member

The Good Garage Scheme is dedicated to improving standards when it comes to servicing and repairing vehicles in the UK. The Good Garage Scheme enables you to find a garage to fix your car and leave feedback on your experience.

If your car is still under warranty, a Good Garage Scheme member can service it without voiding the terms of the warranty.

Fully registered Good Garage Scheme members have to adhere to strict terms of conduct, including some of the following:

Mystery Shops

Regular mystery shop-style audits are carried out

Code of Conduct

They have to adhere to strict terms of conduct and perform servicing work according to an Industry Standard Check sheet, always having a customer’s best interests at heart

Work to agreed-upon Industry standards


All servicing work carried out includes the use of an oil flush to remove contamination and deposits

Customer Pledge

They have to agree on what work needs to be done with customers before it is carried out

They must supply each customer with a feedback card allowing them to give their views on service directly to the Good Garage Scheme, which operates a stringent complaints procedure.

Are they licenced and certified?

Every car mechanic operating a garage business must have the required qualifications and licences to operate in the UK. Different licences are required for every service activity carried out. For instance, you must apply for a trade licence if you are a new or used car trader or dealer. Additionally, garage businesses require a Motor Vehicle Repair Business Licence to prove their legitimacy.

These demonstrate that they are in the proper line of work and have the legal right to provide the requested services. Additionally, it gives you reassurance that you are dealing with a trustworthy company.

A certified mechanic will have gone through enough training to impart the skills and knowledge needed to work on your vehicle. If the mechanic you’re considering can’t produce a licence or prove that they are qualified, you should probably continue your search. Leaving your car with a novice who is still learning the ropes is the last thing you want to do. 

What is their experience?

Experience is important for any service provider, as it limits the probability of making obvious errors. When searching for a mechanic, ask how long they have been in business. Ask them about the types of vehicles they work on and the types of services they offer. 

Use a search engine to look at their website and look for customer reviews so you can see the experience other people have had. 

Give them a call and see what reception you get from them, and ask them what their advice would be and what services they offer.

Ask them for a quote and check their prices and how much it will cost you before you book your car. 

Ask them what guarantees and warranties they offer on servicing, parts, and repairs.

What qualities should a good mechanic or garage owner have?

The right auto body shop or garage should have the following characteristics:

Integrity is among the first qualities that a mechanic or business should demonstrate. This way, you are sure that your car is in good hands and that the mechanic won’t do anything that doesn’t need to be done on your car that will cost you money that you don’t need to spend.

Mechanics should be good communicators who keep you updated on the progress of repairs and any additional repairs, as well as any additional costs during the process. 

They should be trustworthy and show they can live up to their word. This means that if they assure you that the repairs will be completed in two days, there should be no incidents when you go to pick up your vehicle. 

Good mechanics should advise you on the best course of action when multiple options exist to repair the vehicle. This includes suggesting repairs that are more urgent than others. 

Finally, should you hire a mechanic to fix your car, they should be professional enough to handle your vehicle with the utmost respect and complete the services as expected without cutting corners.

In Summary

Your vehicle is a valuable investment that needs the best care to maximise its efficiency and safety on the road. Finding a good, trustworthy, and professional garage will mean you always have someone you can ask for advice from and trust that they will always do the right thing for you and your car. 

It doesn’t matter how skilled or experienced the mechanic working on your vehicle is; you can’t be too sure about the car parts they’ll use. This is why you need to know what is covered under warranty and what parts will be installed before anything is done. Always check the warranty duration, and keep the paperwork and receipts safe in case you need them in the future. 

Always ask for a written estimate with a breakdown of costs for both labour and parts before any work is carried out. Automobile repair fees vary from one auto body shop to another, depending on the amount of quality work carried out. The written estimate process will allow you to make comparisons before selecting a mechanic that you feel offers the best value for money. A reputable garage will have no problem providing a written estimate and will always contact you if this changes when they are servicing or repairing your vehicle.

When you leave your car at a garage, you should have a clear timeline of when it will be ready for you to pick it up.

AP Autocare in Bristol

AP Autocare was established in 1976, and since that time, we have developed into one of Bristol’s most reputable independent city centre MOT, repair, and service facilities for all sizes of vehicles. Temple Meads Train Station and Bristol City Centre are both accessible by foot from our location. Ideal for people who need a train home or work in the city. We have a variety of courtesy vehicles, including cars and vans, which we can offer to all our customers with prior arrangement, or we can also collect and deliver your vehicle from your home or place of work.

You can rely on us to provide you with trusted, reliable, and professional services at a reasonable price without the expense associated with main manufacturer dealers, saving you up to 30% in comparison. Our reputation has always been and will continue to be very important to us, and our customers are at the heart of what we do.

The Good Garage Scheme

We are honoured to have won the most prestigious award for customer service, “Top Feedback—National Winner,” as well as the “Top Feedback – Regional Winner.”

    • Helpfulness and attitude of staff  99.1%
    • Quality of contact about vehicle  98.3%
    • How pleased are you with the standard of our work  98.7%
    • General satisfaction overall  98.7%

We are the largest independent service centre in Bristol, specialising in BMW, Mini, Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Porsche, Citroen, Peugeot, and Land Rover. Based in Bedminster, Bristol

We have the ability to work on all makes and models of vehicles, from small cars to light trucks up to 3.5-tonne class 7, and we can accommodate motorhomes and campers. Our in-house body shop can handle small- to large-scale bodywork repairs, such as minor dings and scrapes, accident repairs, wheel refurbishing, and classic vehicle restoration.

Our Services

    • Brakes
    • Clutches
    • Engine Diagnostics and Repair
    • Winter Car Checks
    • Servicing (Annual and Interim Services)
    • MOT’s
    • Servicing
    • Bodywork & Paint Repairs
    • Air Conditioning Servicing & repair
    • Tyres & Exhausts
    • Remapping
    • Suspension & Steering
    • Welding
    • Battery Testing & Replacement
    • Wheel Alignment
    • Tyre Replacement
    • Remapping

Customer Feedback

  • Very helpful team. First time I’ve used them – happy to return and recommend them.
  • Have used this garage for over 10 years. Always polite, efficient and friendly service. I have confidence in them.
  • I have been using this garage for four years. Always helpful and they give you all the details you need to make decisions about your vehicle.
  • Always good and reliable work. Professionally run garage.
  • Very friendly, competent garage and has been for the past 40 years. Many thanks to all.
  • Helpful and efficient. My first visit, and only for an MOT. I look forward to returning for my next service.
  • Always excellent service 10/10.
  • These guys always do a great job. They are so helpful. It was great to have a courtesy car so I did not have to take the bus home.
  • Great staff and excellent communication throughout. The mechanic explained the whole issue in detail and further feedback on the collection. All in all, a great experience and half the price Audi would have charged.
  • The staff are very helpful, polite, and friendly.
  • Reliable and confident service over many years.
  • Booked in very quickly. Excellent service as usual. Professional service was received. Trusted garage I would recommend to friends and family.
  • As always, very good service.
  • Good overall service. I had a major engine repair (crankshaft oil seal) and was kept informed on the vehicle as it was there for 3 days. I was offered a courtesy car but declined. Overall excellent.
  • The guys at AP Autocare went above and beyond to fix my Range Rover headlights after another garage had messed around with them. I would recommend this garage to everyone! Most importantly, they didn’t try and rip me off because I am a woman.
  • Excellent standard of work and a very good price compared to others. Highly recommended.

If you are looking for a reliable, trustworthy, and professional garage, please call us on 0117 911 8719 and one of our experts will be able to answer any questions you may have and will arrange an appointment for you.

What to do When Your Car Overheats

Car Overheating: Steps to Take

Smoke coming out from under your car’s bonnet can be distressing for any driver. This is a common situation on a long trip or during the summer when temperatures rise to the point that they overwhelm your vehicle’s cooling system. Unfortunately, overheating can affect your car’s engine condition if left unaddressed.

As a driver, you should act fast to prevent possible damage to your vehicle’s engine. While several factors can cause your engine to overheat, you still need to know what to do before a mechanic can diagnose and rectify the issue. Your action or inaction goes a long way towards influencing the condition of your car afterwards.

So what should you do when the car engine overheats?

Why do car engines overheat?

Several things can cause a car’s engine to overheat. However, the most common is a faulty cooling system that prevents heat from leaving the engine compartment. Typically, this will happen when there is a blockage or leak in the cooling system. Another cause of car engine overheating may be a dysfunctional water pump, clogged coolant, or broken radiator fan. These can happen to any cooling system due to wear and tear, which can break components such as gaskets and hoses. Also, when the coolant level drops below the manufacturer’s recommendation, the engine might overheat as the coolant is not effective.

What are the signs that your engine is overheating?

An overheating engine can display varying symptoms depending on the type of vehicle and situation. However, the common signs that all drivers should look out for include the following:

  • The temperature gauge on your car’s dashboard moves to the red zone or “H”
  • Steam, which some people confuse for smoke, starts coming out from under the hood
  • A strange smell comes from the hood that you can easily notice

What should I do when my car overheats?

When driving, if you notice any of the symptoms of car overheating, be sure to follow the steps below:

Turn up the heater in your vehicle

This may feel like you will compound the problem, but turning on the heater forces warm air out of the engine and into the passenger section of the car, helping to reduce the load on the cooling system. Sometimes turning on the heater may be enough to cool the car, and this will be evident when the temperature gauge goes back to neutral or the check engine light disappears.

Pull over quickly

When you notice your car is overheating, the best thing is to find a safe spot on the side of the road and pull over. This is a sure way of cooling the car, as cutting off the engine stops it from working and heating further. Failure to stop when your car is overheating could seriously damage your engine and cost you a huge amount.

Open the windows and wait

Once on the side of the road, you should open your windows to let out as much of the heat as possible. It usually takes around 30 minutes or more for an overheated engine to cool, so sit tight in your car and wait for the clock to tick. Rushing to open the hood can expose you to serious injury as there is a chance of hot water or steam shooting out and spraying you, so you will be safer inside the car.

Add a coolant

After a minimum of 30 minutes, feel the car’s hood to see if it’s cool before opening it and adding coolant to the reservoir, but always wear protective gloves. Cover the radiator cap with a wet cloth, push it down to open it, and allow the built-up pressure to escape. Pour the coolant slowly and replace the radiator cap before turning on the engine.

The issue is likely to be something mechanical, either with the cooling system itself or something more serious, which requires professional attention if the coolant is full.

Contact your nearest garage

If you notice the temperature gauge moving back to normal, this only means that you’ve found a temporary solution. To be safe, drive to the nearest garage and allow a professional and qualified mechanic to look into the issue. They will inspect it and offer the necessary service to get your car back to a safe and healthy state.

Call for roadside assistance

If you have roadside assistance coverage, we would recommend that you call them as soon as you pull over. This is especially true in a remote location with no garages around. They will send a roadside mechanic to your location with all the knowledge and tools to either fix the problem and get you back on the road or take you to the nearest garage for repair.

How do I keep my car from overheating?

These are several precautions drivers should take to prevent their engines from overheating, including:

Keep track of the coolant level (cooling system leak) in your car engine and top it up when it goes below the threshold. Leaking coolant is one of the main reasons for an overheated car.

Park your vehicle under the shade in the summer to reduce exposure to extreme


Keep an eye on the vehicle’s thermostat whenever you’re on the road

Open your windows when driving to let the warm air escape, especially in summer conditions

Schedule a regular car service at a reputable garage, as this will highlight issues before they arise

Consult your car user manual whenever possible to remain updated on the

coolant service flushes

Allow your engine to cool and then call your nearest garage to book your car in and get their advice

Can neglecting overheating damage your car’s engine?

Normally, if you react urgently to cool an overheating engine, you may get away with no lasting damage to your car’s engine. If you continue driving your car without trying to cool the overheating engine and add coolant, you can easily cause damage to the engine and are likely to face significant repair costs in the future.

In Summary

An overheating car engine is a serious issue that can worsen if you don’t react fast enough. Knowing what to do when your engine overheats can easily save you thousands in repairs in the worst-case scenario. However, it doesn’t have to get to this; you can take precautions to prevent such incidents. Remember to refer to the owner’s manual and take your car for a regular service, which will check all of your vehicle’s components.

About AP Autocare

We are one of the most reputable and independent MOT, Repair and Service Centres in Bristol, and we are Bristol’s Largest Independent Multi Manufacturer Specialist.

With the skills of a main dealership but without the costs, we’re a friendly and professional garage offering competitive rates.

Our services are available for all types of vehicles, from small cars to light commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes (Class 7).

Our services include:

  • Winter Car Checks
  • Servicing
  • MOT’s
  • Bodywork & Paint Repairs
  • Engine Diagnostics and Repair
  • Annual and Interim Services
  • Air Conditioning
  • Tyres & Exhausts
  • Brakes
  • Clutches
  • Remapping
  • Suspension & Steering
  • Welding
  • Battery Testing & Replacement
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Tyre Replacement
  • Remapping

We are a specialist and recognised garage for the main car manufacturers, including BMW, Citroen, Peugeot, Mini, Porsche, Audi, VW, Seat, Skoda, and Land Rover. We have main dealer-level diagnostic equipment along with main dealer knowledge and expertise. Bringing your vehicle to us for any of our services can save you up to 30% compared to the main dealer’s prices.

If your car has overheated, please contact AP Autocare in Bristol on 0117 963 8916 or contact us here and one of our experts will be able to answer any questions you may have and arrange an appointment for you.

5 Engine Noises That Require Immediate Attention

5 Engine Noises To Be Aware Of

Cars are not designed to make unusual sounds other than what they usually produce. Unfortunately, many drivers ignore unusual car noises, and this can often result in more costly repairs or even make your car unrepairable. When you notice unusual noises from your engine while driving, the best thing to do is to stop and listen closely.

Strange noises should always concern you, as they usually indicate something is wrong with the engine of your vehicle. This will require immediate attention, and neglecting them will only worsen the problem. So, what should you do in this scenario?

Here is the all-you-need-to-know guide about strange engine noises!

Contact AP Autocare in Bristol today at 0117 911 8719 if your vehicle is making strange noises. We will use our in-house diagnostic equipment to diagnose the problem, offering you solutions to ensure your vehicle is in good, efficient and safe working order

1. Squealing or Grinding Noises

Squealing and grinding noises are common when braking and often indicate worn brake pads. When you notice either of the sounds, chances are your brake pads or brake shoes are worn out and need replacing. This means the pad is too thin to prevent the metal components from touching when you press on your brakes Worn-out brake pads must be replaced immediately, as they compromise your car’s safety and the safety of others on the road.

If they aren’t replaced and the metal parts continue to touch, the disc pads will also suffer damage, resulting in complete brake failure. Another reason you may hear squealing or grinding is when brake callipers come loose due to inappropriate mounting. The safest thing to do is to immediately call your local mechanic to ask for advice and arrange for the necessary repairs or replacements. It could be the difference between arriving home safely and something unfortunate on the road.

2. Chirping or Hissing Noises

When you hear chirping sounds or hissing noises from your vehicle’s engine, it might indicate that the serpentine belt or timing belt is damaged or has come loose. Depending on the nature of the issue, some belts may need an adjustment to ensure they are in good working order, but some will require total replacement. Failure to act will compound the issue and mean your car is not safe to drive. If you delay having your timing belt adjusted, it will mean you will need to replace it sooner than you would have needed to, and the cost will have multiplied.

Hissing sounds often signify a problem in your vehicle’s engine, and there are multiple reasons for this. In many cases, it can be an overheating engine, or the exhaust is plugged. This can also happen when there is a leak in your vehicle’s vacuum or fluid leaks in the engine’s hot parts. In some cases, coolant leaking from the engine will also produce this sound. With so many possible issues, you should visit your local car professional so they can diagnose what the issue is and repair it for you.

3. Rumbling Noises

Rumbling often becomes apparent when accelerating, signifying the likelihood of a hole in the exhaust muffler. While a hole in the exhaust muffler doesn’t harm your car, it is a danger to you. This is because it results in fumes leaking into your car, which can be very toxic when inhaled for prolonged periods.

Another reason your car could be making rumbling noises and shaking simultaneously is that one of your spark plugs could be faulty. This will typically lead to the cylinders misfiring.

Of course, a rumbling noise and juddering through the steering wheel are likely to indicate a flat tyre.

4. Whirring Noises

A whirring noise can often result from unlubricated components, worn universal joints, or a faulty converter. Your car’s engine consists of various components, including gaskets, hoses, wires, and multiple rotating belts. The continuous running of the engine stretches the belts over time, which causes them to crack. As the belts rotate at high speed, they may produce this noise. When this happens, the solution lies in replacing the faulty parts to arrest the damage. Ignoring it will result in higher repair costs in the future, and replacing it is relatively cheap.

5. Knocking

A knocking sound, ticking noise, or popping noise is produced when there is something wrong with the ignition. This is what you’ll notice when fuel ignites in the cylinder. Ignition in the engine can lead to a fuel injector, a damaged spark plug, or even a faulty distributor cap. If you ignore knocking sounds from the engine, then it could cost you a lot more. Contact your local garage and ask them to look at your vehicle to assess what needs to be repaired.

What noise should a car engine make?

Not all noise from your car’s engine is a bad sign. For instance, when you turn on the ignition, your engine always produces a sound, unless it is electric or hybrid, which is much quieter. However, if your vehicle is louder than usual, there might be something wrong with the cylinder compression. When there is an imbalance in the fuel-air ratio inside the cylinder, combustion occurs at a lower or higher rate than usual, and it will be louder than normal.

What noise does an engine make when it is low on oil?

When your car’s engine runs low on fuel, you might hear a “ticking” or “tapping” noise. This results from insufficient fuel being pumped into the engine’s upper part of the engine, or you should check if it’s a bad fuel filter causing the noise. You should also check your engine’s oil level to diagnose the problem and top it up accordingly, which will stop undesirable noises and prevent damage to the engine. You should check your car’s oil level once a month, and this will ensure you never run low and risk damaging or blowing its engine.

What should I do when my engine makes an unusual noise?

When you notice strange noises and are unsure what to do, you should contact your local auto repair garage as soon as possible. You risk compounding the issue by ignoring the noise, which often results in higher repair costs, especially when it continues for a long time. Your mechanic will accurately diagnose the problem and suggest repairs.

In Summary

Strange or different car noises should not give you sleepless nights. Most vehicle noises can be sorted out at a low repair cost by your local garage; however, if you ignore them for a long time, they can severely damage your engine, so you should always get your car checked out to find out why.

About AP Autocare

We are a trusted, reliable and independent garage with over 40 years of experience based in Bristol. We offer diagnostics, repairs, servicing, and MOTs for all sizes of vehicles. We are one of Bristol’s largest independent multi-manufacturer specialists, and we can service or repair your car for a fraction of the main dealer prices.

We are Citroen, Peugeot, BMW, Mini, Renault, Porsche, Audi, Volkswagon & VW, Seat, Skoda, and Land Rover specialists with dealer-level diagnostic equipment.

We offer service, repair, and MOTs for all makes and models of vehicles.

At competitive prices, we supply and fit brakes, clutches, exhausts, and tyres.

We diagnose and repair all makes and models of vehicles using the latest equipment, whether the issue is with the engine management, ABS, body control units, or instrument panels.

Service, repair, and diagnostics are available for R134a and R1234YF air conditioning systems, and we are fully approved.

Our bodywork repair and respraying services are available for all types of vehicles.

Pendle Performance has approved us as a local agent for remapping and tuning.

All of our technicians come from dealership backgrounds and are highly trained.

We follow strict quality control procedures when performing our work.

We offer a 12-month warranty on labour and parts

We are located within walking distance of Bristol City Centre and Temple Meads Train Station, making us ideal for any service, MOT, or repair you may need.

We can sometimes offer a courtesy car if you need transport while your car is with us, or a collection or delivery service within certain areas of Bristol. Contact us to find out more.

We have a team of friendly, professional, and trusted mechanics who have worked in the industry and for main dealers for many years. We offer highly competitive rates without the costs associated with a main dealership.

We offer services for all vehicles of any age and size, from small cars to light commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes (Class 7).

Our services include:

  • Diagnostics and Repair
  • Engine Diagnostics and Repair
  • Winter Car Checks
  • Servicing (Annual and Interim Services)
  • MOT’s
  • Bodywork and Paint Repairs
  • Air Conditioning Servicing and repair
  • Tyres and Exhausts
  • Brakes
  • Clutches
  • Remapping
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Welding
  • Battery Testing & Replacement
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Tyre Replacement
  • Remapping

If your car is making unusual noises, contact us today at 0117 911 8719 and one of our experts will be able to answer any questions you may have and arrange an appointment for you.

Are Your Tyres Balanced?

When was the last time your tyres were balanced, and why is it important?

Tyre balancing is one of the most recommended car maintenance services in a car owner’s manual. However, many motorists still skip this crucial maintenance task, risking the health of their vehicle and others on the road. Much like the shoes on your feet, car tyres experience wear and tear due to prolonged exposure to friction. Also, remember, unbalanced tyres wear unevenly.

At a certain point in time, you will have to replace them to maintain the stability and safety of your car. But before it gets to that, tyre balancing helps to even and prevent wear and assures you of a smooth and more efficient driving experience.

So, when was the last time you balanced your tyres?

What is tyre balancing?

Tyre balancing, which can also be referred to as tyre unbalancing, refers to the distribution of weight inside the car tyre or wheel. As the tyre rotates, an imbalance in weight distribution may lead to external pressure on the axle, causing vibrations that affect the stability of the steering wheel. If you notice unusual vibrations, excessive tyre wear, or suspension damage on your vehicle, it is a sign that your vehicle needs its tyres to be balanced.

Is tyre balancing the same as wheel alignment?

Although both are regular car maintenance services, tyre balancing is not the same as wheel alignment. Wheel alignment focuses on correcting the tyre angles so they move in the same direction when driving. This also leads to proper contact of tyres with the road, which helps to maximise tyre life by reducing wear.

What does tyre balancing involve?

During tyre balancing, the tyres are mounted on a balancing machine that measures the balance as the tyre is rotating. Once unbalance is discovered, you can attach small lead weights to eliminate the unbalance. Furthermore, tyres must be balanced on the wheels during fitting since they are not the same weight. Tyre unbalance may result from a valve or slight deviation; your local mechanic will notice and correct this.

What are the signs that your tyres need balancing?

When the wheel-tyre assembly on your car is out of balance, several things will tell you there is a problem. You’ll notice it from the feeling of the steering wheel or sometimes the floor. Another sign is a repeated “thump” sound that gets faster as you accelerate and vice versa.

Only ever use a trusted and reliable garage to carry out your tyre rebalancing, as this will ensure your vehicle remains safe and roadworthy.

Here are some common signs of unbalanced tyres:

Fast or uneven tread wear

When the treads on your tyres are worn unevenly, one side of the tyre is bearing a large chunk of the weight. This increases the friction on the side, causing it to wear faster. This is especially common when tyres are improperly inflated.

The car pulls to one side

Your car pulling to one side is a symptom of tyre unbalance, but it may also imply that your wheels need alignment. Getting your tyres rotated and balanced approximately can help solve this issue.

Tread noises

Unbalanced tread depth on your tyres causes a certain loud noise when driving. You will mostly notice the noise coming from one tyre. Similarly, alignment problems also lead to tyre noises as the air chamber emits a drumming or humming sound as you drive.

Vibrating steering wheel

When your steering wheel vibrates or shakes when driving, your wheel-tyre assembly is probably out of balance. However, several other factors may cause this, including worn-out suspension, a bent wheel, or damaged tyres. If unsure, take your car to the local mechanic for an accurate diagnosis.

How is tyre balance measured?

A mechanic or tyre shop measures tyre balance in two different ways: using dynamic balancers or static balancers. When the unbalance is steep, the tyres are either rejected or downgraded. Additionally, the tyres must be measured again on the balancing machine after getting fitted to the wheels to correct the combined unbalance. However, the tyres may still be rebalanced when the driver experiences excess vibrations.

Why should you balance tyres?

With every trip on the road, your tyres progressively lose balance, which can only be restored when you visit a garage for a rebalance. As well as this the treads on your tyres wear over time, they alter the weight distribution around the tyres, resulting in unbalance. This is typically manifested through the unusual vibration of the steering wheel while driving. You can find out more about your responsibilities for safely maintaining your vehicle here.

How often should tyres be balanced?

Experts recommend tyre balancing be carried out with every tyre rotation, which typically comes after 5000–6000 miles or 6 months. Furthermore, wheel balancing should always be involved anytime you want to replace your tyres with a new set. But tyre rotation and balance will also come in handy in other situations, including:

  • When you hit a pothole or curb while driving, which messes up the balance of the front tyre, regular rotating will be required 
  • When you get a flat tyre repaired
  • When you have uneven or fast tread wear on the rear tyres 
  • When your steering wheel vibrates unusually 

How long can you go with unbalanced tyres?

According to skilled mechanics, you can drive on unbalanced tyres without problems as long as you take all of the safety precautions. However, the longest you should go is a couple of weeks to prevent damage to other parts of your vehicle and unnecessary tyre wear. The sooner you get your tyres rotated and balanced, the better and safer you will be, as well as creating additional costs for other parts that weren’t needed.

What are the benefits of tyre balancing?

Tyre balancing offers a range of benefits to you and your car. It results in an even distribution of weight and force across the wheel-tyre assembly, which guarantees a smooth and more efficient journey on the road. As the driver, you’ll feel more comfortable and enjoy the journey. Furthermore, well-balanced tyres encourage uniform tread wear, stabilise your driving, and enhance fuel economy.

In Summary: Tyre Balancing

Properly and regularly balanced tyres are critical for your car. It increases fuel economy, reduces wear and tear, and smooths the drive for a comfortable experience on the road. If you can’t remember the last time you had your tyres balanced, contact us today at 0117 963 8916 to arrange your appointment.

We offer a huge range of services for any type and size of vehicle. Visit us here to find out more.

What is included in an Audi interim service?

Audi Interim Service

Audi produces some of the highest-performance cars on the market today. The mix of luxury and quality makes it the go-to brand for car enthusiasts looking for a thrilling road experience. To enjoy the reliable performance of Audi vehicles, you must maintain and care for them properly. This means having a strict service schedule where you take your car to an Audi-registered garage as per the manufacturer’s servicing manual. So, let us look at what you can expect from an Audi interim service.

What is full service?

A full service is a comprehensive inspection carried out on a vehicle to determine its health and show whether it is safe to drive on the road. It involves at least 50 component checks and system adjustments to ensure your car is functioning at peak performance. Typically, a full service is necessary after every 10,000–12,000 miles of driving and will take at least three hours, depending on the number and complexity of the issues.

What is an interim service?

An interim service is a more basic vehicle inspection compared to a full service and is typically carried out after 5,000–6,000 miles of driving. While it may not serve as a replacement for the annual full service, an interim service helps to deal with issues that may arise in the meantime. Longer journeys can have more of an effect on your car’s performance, and if there are any issues, there can be more serious consequences for your car if left unaddressed. A standard interim service will usually last around an hour and involve fewer checks compared to a full service.

What does an Audi interim service include?

An Audi interim service should always be carried out by a qualified car mechanic at a main dealership or an independent garage like AP Autocare in Bristol, who are main dealer recognised. AP has fully trained mechanics with experience in the main manufacturer’s vehicles as well as the latest diagnostic equipment. An Audi interim service is recommended after every 6,000 miles. Typically, an Audi interim service involves checks on the following components:

Oil and Filter Check

Engine oil plays a vital role in maintaining the health of your car. The mechanic will check the level of your engine oil and top it up to the required level. If necessary, they will replace the old, used oil with new engine oil for better performance.

Windscreen Wiper Check

Windscreen wipers are essential in rainy weather and help to remove dirt and debris that may block your view. However, wipers on all vehicle make and models tend to degrade over time, and an interim service will make sure that they are in good working condition.

Exhaust System Check

A mechanic will examine various parts of the exhaust system during an Audi interim service. These will include the catalytic converter, which serves to eliminate toxic elements from the fumes coming from the engine. They will also examine the components for rust and holes that may be forming in the exhaust system.

Windscreen Wash Check

A windscreen wash is exactly what it sounds like! The windscreen wash washes and wipes away the dust and debris on your windscreen to improve your view of the road ahead. Audi interim services include a check of the windscreen washer levels and a top-up, which may not sound as critical as it is.

Brake Fluid Check

The brake fluid in a vehicle ensures that when you apply pressure to the brakes, the pads and discs stop the car. A small leak can cause the brake fluid to drain out, and this can be dangerous if the brake fluid level is too low; hence, the mechanic will check the brake fluid level in an Audi service to ensure it is okay for efficient and safe braking.

Power Steering Fluid Check

The power steering fluid is as important to steering as brake fluid is to braking. It determines how well you can steer your car, and the levels must be high for this to happen. Any fluid leak or accumulation of air bubbles in the system may compromise your driving. The mechanic will check for this and make the necessary adjustments during your Audi service.

Light Check

The law requires you to have fully functioning lights when driving on the road. The mechanic will check the headlights, rear lights, brake lights, etc. in an Audi service to ensure the wiring is okay and that there is no risk of failure.

Ant-freeze Coolant Check

The anti-freeze coolant is a liquid that circulates through the car’s engine to reduce friction and heat. The radiator requires a healthy amount of coolant to keep the engine cool so the car doesn’t overheat, so the mechanic will ensure there are sufficient levels of anti-freeze in the vehicle. If a car overheats, this can seriously damage your car’s engine, so it is an important check to have done.

Tyre and Pressure Check

The treads on your tyres should be deep enough to enhance your grip on the road. In the UK, it is illegal to drive a car with treads not deeper than 1.6 mm, and this is what your interim service will check. They will also check if the tyre pressure is at the recommended level for the vehicle’s make, model, and driving style.

Charging System Check

The charging system ensures that your car battery is always fully charged. When compromised, your chances of experiencing a dead car battery increase on the road. An interim service will check for any problems in parts like the alternator to ensure your charging system is working just fine.

Steering Check

Several issues can interfere with your steering wheel alignment and pose a challenge when handling your vehicle on the road. If not corrected, it can be extremely dangerous, especially in cold or wet weather. A mechanic will diagnose any issues and repair any faults during an interim service.

Battery Check

The battery is a vital component that powers your vehicle, and it has to be in top condition at all times to give you reliability and efficiency. The service will examine the battery to ensure there are no issues like battery acid spills in the engine or cracks. A faulty battery may end up dying on the road and will require a jump start to get it running. An interim service helps to prevent such incidents.

Shock Absorber Check

The shock absorbers are part of the suspension system and steering and help keep your drive stable in bumpy road conditions. Unfortunately, these deteriorate over time and can make driving extremely uncomfortable. An interim service will check for any degradation and resolve it if required.

Why should you get an Audi interim service?

An interim service goes a long way towards identifying issues long before they arise, allowing your mechanic to offer the relevant adjustments to prevent repairs in the future. Aside from helping to keep you safe on the road, it also saves you the cost of future and often more costly repairs.

How much does an interim service cost?

An interim service will vary in cost depending on the brand of car and the type of garage you visit. However, the standard price will range between £100 and £400 in the UK.

In Summary:

If you drive an Audi, you know how important maintenance is for your vehicle’s health, safety, and efficiency. It is the best way to get the most out of your investment and will almost always extend its life. The guide above explains everything you need to know about an Audi interim service and the benefits of ensuring you have it done.

AP Autocare

We are a specialist and recognised garage for many vehicle manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, Citroen, Peugeot, Mini, Porsche, VW, Seat, Skoda, and Land Rover, and we have main dealer-level diagnostic equipment along with main dealer knowledge and expertise.

When you bring your vehicle to us for any of our services, you can save up to 30% over main dealer prices.

As Bristol’s largest independent multi-manufacturer specialist, we have been in business for over 40 years and are one of the most reputable and independent MOT, repair, and service centres.

We are within walking distance from Bristol City Centre and Temple Meads Train Station and are ideal for any of your vehicle servicing, repair, and maintenance needs, including MOTs.

We are friendly and professional and have highly competitive rates, with all the skills of the main dealerships but without the costs associated with them.

We offer services for all vehicles of any age and size, from small cars to light commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes (Class 7).

Our Services:

  • Full Servicing
  • Interim Servicing
  • Winter Car Checks
  • Servicing
  • MOTs
  • Bodywork and Paint Repairs
  • Engine Diagnostics and Repair
  • Annual and Interim Services
  • Air Conditioning
  • Tyres and Exhausts
  • Brakes
  • Clutches
  • Remapping
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Welding
  • Battery Testing and Replacement
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Tyre Replacement
  • Remapping

If you are looking for an Audi Interim Service, MOT, or Repair for your vehicle, please contact us at 0117 963 8916 or book online here and one of our experts will be able to answer any questions you may have and arrange an appointment for you.

How To Choose a Garage For Your High-performance Car

How To Choose A High-performance Car Garage

Aside from buying a house, buying a car is one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your life. It makes perfect sense to want to do as much as possible to get the longest service from your vehicle. This means finding a high-performance and trustworthy car garage that will take proper care of it and treat it with integrity every time you hand them the keys to your car. But with so many garages claiming to offer the finest quality on the market, finding the right service provider for you can be difficult. Here are some tips and considerations when searching for a high-performance car garage.


Experience is a major factor when searching for a potential car garage that services high-performance cars as it can indicate how well they know their trade. A garage that has been operating for some time will be able to handle any car trouble that you experience. They are likely to have seen and worked on the problem before and will have a clear understanding of how to fix it.

Knowledge and skills

Always look for a car repair specialist with a broad knowledge and skill base to work on your high-performance car. Remember that anyone running a garage with the right equipment can claim to offer expert services, but this is not always true. Some mechanics have gone through specialised training that allows them to be experts in certain car models. This is something you might want to consider in your search for a garage. AP Autocare is Bristol’s largest multi-manufacturer independent specialist for VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda, BMW, Mini, Porsche, Citroen, Land Rover, Peugeot, and Renault, and you can be confident they know everything they need to know about your vehicle. Always ask the garage if they specialise in your specific car brand and if their mechanics are certified to work on your vehicle.

Diagnostic capabilities

High-performance car repair begins at the diagnostic level. A mechanic should have the ability to accurately and conclusively diagnose the issue with your car before they can claim to offer high-performance services. Cars are becoming more complex, so always find a garage that has the latest technology and systems in their diagnostic and repair services. This means they have the right tools to identify the problem with your car in the shortest time possible. They will also provide a reliable solution that won’t keep your car out of action for too long and identify future problems that can be fixed right away. AP Autocare has dealer-level diagnostic equipment that is capable of carrying out fault finding, reading parameter measurements, key programming, coding, and configuration of new ECUs, body control modules, and instrument clusters. We can also carry out manufacturer software updates for control units, reset auto-adaptive, and much more. Our equipment is backed by a technical support team of ex-dealer master techs, is regularly updated, and is far more advanced than your average fault code reader that some garages use.

High-quality parts

A good high-performance garage will be resourceful to know everything there is about which parts are best for your vehicle’s performance when you take it in for a service. This means they will have a business relationship with the leading manufacturers of car parts to get fast access to high-quality components whenever a customer needs them for their car. Whether you are looking to replace your shocks or braking system, the right garage will advise on what best suits your car and the costs associated with it.

Organisation and presentation

The level of organisation and cleanliness when you visit a garage will give you the kind of service you can expect. This should be evident as soon as you walk into their reception. Was it clean and well organised? Did you struggle to find your way to the reception area or have trouble distinguishing between employees and customers? All of these can highlight the level of professionalism in the garage. A high-performance car garage should have a welcoming reception and a team that is qualified and experienced, like AP Autocare.

Modern tools and equipment

A high-performance car garage will take advantage of the latest technology on the market to boost the efficiency of its services. They invest in state-of-the-art equipment and high-precision tools to ensure the highest-quality service for their customers. From the diagnostic tools to the wheel alignment and corner balancing machines,. If you feel impressed by what you see and are happy with the service you receive, then this is a good and positive sign.


Price will always come into play when seeking professional car services. However, if you want a high-performance garage, you will likely need to pay slightly more. Overall, you should want to strike a good balance between a good price and value for your money and a great service. Don’t be shy to ask the garage why their quote might be more than another garage’s, as they will be happy to explain the reasons, and this should give you huge confidence that they are experienced, know what they are talking about, and will provide you with a good and trustworthy service.

Customer service

There should be full disclosure from the car garage about the condition of your car from the time you take it in for repairs to the time you go back and pay for their services. A good high-performance garage will provide you with excellent service from reception through to the mechanics completing the work you need to have done. They will advise you on everything you need to know about the condition of your car and the progress of the repairs. This enables you and the car specialist to always be on the same page when it comes to any issues with your car, the parts needed to fix it, and the cost of the repairs. A good and trustworthy garage will be upfront with its costs, and there will be no hidden or unexpected charges.

High Performance Car Garage Conclusion

A good, high-performance car garage is a godsend for any motorist who wants the best for their vehicle. They will ensure your car is in top condition while saving you time and money by preventing potential breakdowns. From the guide above, you will be able to find the perfect high-performance garage for your high-performance car and one that you can trust.

About AP Autocare in Bristol

AP Autocare has been in business for over 40 years, and we are one of the most reputable, trustworthy, and independent MOT, repair, and service centres in Bristol. We are Bristol’s largest independent multi-manufacturer specialist.

We have the knowledge and equipment to service and repair any high performance car, and our customers come back to us again and again.

We are within walking distance from Bristol City Centre and Temple Meads Train Station and are ideal for any service, MOT, or repair.

Our team is friendly and professional, and we offer highly competitive rates with the skills of the main dealership but without the costs associated with them.

We offer services for all vehicles of any age and size, from small cars to light commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes (Class 7).

Our services include:

  • Brakes
  • Clutches
  • Engine Diagnostics and Repair
  • Winter Car Checks
  • Servicing (Annual and Interim Services)
  • MOT’s
  • Bodywork and Paint Repairs
  • Air Conditioning Servicing and repair
  • Tyres and Exhausts
  • Remapping
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Welding
  • Battery Testing and Replacement
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Tyre Replacement
  • Remapping
  • Car Sales
  • Specialists in VW Campervan Conversions

If you are looking for a high-performance car garage in Bristol, please call us on 0117 911 8719 and one of our experts will be able to answer any questions you may have and will arrange an appointment for your vehicle.

We are a fully registered member of The Good Garage Scheme and this assures you that we adhere to strict terms of conduct, including some of the following:

Mystery Shops

We are subject to regular mystery shop-style audits.

Code of Conduct

We adhere to strict terms of conduct and perform servicing work according to an Industry Standard checksheet


All servicing work carried out includes the use of an oil flush to remove contamination and deposits.

Contact us today on 0117 911 8719 to book your appointment for your high performance car.

Tiptronic Gearbox vs. Automatic Transmission

What are the benefits of a Tiptronic Gearbox?

While manual transmissions currently account for the majority of vehicle sales in the United Kingdom, automatic transmissions are seen as the industry’s future.

Automatic gearbox sales have increased by 70% in the UK since 2007, while manual gearbox sales have steadily declined.

The key difference is, as the name implies, whether you wish to change gears manually based on the pace you want to reach or focus on accelerating and braking while the vehicle does the work for you. So what if you could have both features working together in your car? Read our article about Tiptronic Transmission and find out everything you need to know.

What cars use Tiptronic?

Many people think of Tiptronic as a feature that is only available on high-end luxury vehicles; however, this transmission option can be found on a wide variety of cars sold in the UK. The Tiptronic gearbox was most commonly associated with Audi and Porsche in years gone by; however, this type of transmission is now also used by BMW, Volkswagen, Bentley, Lamborghini, McLaren, SEAT, Škoda, and some Peugeot models, along with most manufacturers. No matter what type of car you have, if it uses a Tiptronic transmission, you can be sure that you’re getting the best possible performance from your vehicle.

Is Tiptronic the same as automatic?

No, Tiptronic is not the same as automatic. A Tiptronic refers to a type of semi-automatic transmission, whilst an automatic transmission is a type of transmission that doesn’t require or allow the driver to manually shift gears. With a Tiptronic transmission, the driver can choose whether they want the car to shift gears automatically or whether they want to take control and do it themselves.

The main difference between Tiptronic and automatic transmissions is that Tiptronic gives the driver more control over when and how the gears are shifted, whereas an automatic transmission will automatically select the best gear for the current driving situation. This means that with a Tiptronic transmission, the driver can choose to upshift early for more power or downshift later for better engine braking.

There are key differences between Tiptronic and traditional automatic transmissions.

There are a few key differences between Tiptronic and traditional automatic transmissions. For example, Tiptronic transmissions give the driver more control over the gears. With a traditional automatic, the transmission will shift gears on its own based on speed and engine performance. However, with a Tiptronic transmission, the driver can use paddles or buttons to shift gears up or down as they please.

Tiptronic transmissions also tend to be more responsive than their automatic counterparts. This is because they’re constantly monitoring the driver’s inputs and making adjustments accordingly. Automatic transmissions simply don’t have this level of responsiveness built into them.

Ultimately, Tiptronic transmissions are generally more expensive than automatics. This is due to their added complexity and the fact that they typically come equipped with higher-end features and components.

How does tiptronic transmission work?

Tiptronic transmission is a type of automatic transmission that gives drivers the option to choose between gears in a semi-automatic way. This means that instead of the car automatically shifting gears for you, you can use the shift paddles on the steering wheel to manually select the gear you want (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or reverse).

The main benefit of a Tiptronic transmission is that it gives drivers more control over their car’s performance. For example, if you’re driving up a steep hill, you may want to shift into a lower gear so that your engine doesn’t have to work as hard. Or if you’re passing another car on the road, you may want to shift from a lower to a higher gear so you can accelerate more quickly.

There are some drawbacks to tiptronic transmission. One is that it can be less fuel-efficient than traditional automatic transmissions because drivers tend to rev their engines more when they’re using the shift paddles. Additionally, Tiptronic transmissions are typically only found on more expensive cars, so if you’re looking for this feature, you may need to pay a bit more.

How do you use a Tiptronic Gearbox?

A Tiptronic gearbox is an automatic transmission that allows the driver to manually select gears. The Tiptronic gearbox first appeared in Porsche cars in the early 1990s and has since been used by other manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, VW, and many more.

To use a Tiptronic gearbox, the driver first selects the “D” position on the shifter. This puts the transmission in drive mode and allows the car to be driven like a normal automatic transmission. To select a specific gear, the driver moves the shifter into the “T” position. Then, using either paddles on the steering wheel or up/down buttons on the shifter itself, they can manually select gears.

Gear selection is normally displayed on an LCD screen on the dashboard, which also shows important information such as engine speed and current gear. When manual mode is selected, the Tiptronic system automatically upshifts when the maximum engine rpm is reached. It will also downshift when coming to a stop unless manual intervention occurs beforehand.

Is Tiptronic better than Auto?

When it comes to choosing between a Tiptronic and automatic transmission, there are a few things to consider. First, what is your driving style? If you are someone who likes to have more control over your car, then a Tiptronic would be a better choice. With a Tiptronic transmission, you can manually shift gears by using the paddles on the steering wheel or by using the lever on the centre console. This gives you more control over how your car responds to different situations. However, if you prefer to let the car do the work for you, then an automatic transmission would be a better fit. With an auto transmission, the car will automatically shift gears based on how you are driving.

Another thing to consider is what kind of vehicle you are driving. If you are driving a performance-oriented vehicle such as a sports car, then a Tiptronic transmission will give you better performance as it allows you to keep the engine in its powerband longer. On the other hand, if you are driving a family sedan or SUV, then an automatic transmission will likely be just fine, as these vehicles aren’t usually driven hard enough to take advantage of a manual transmission’s benefits.

Finally, the cost is always something to consider when making any decision about your vehicle. In general, Tiptronic transmissions will cost more than auto transmissions since they are typically only found in higher-end vehicles. Therefore, if cost is a major factor for you, then an automatic transmission may be the way to go.


Overall, the Tiptronic transmission is a great option for drivers who want more control over their car’s performance. While it can be less fuel-efficient and is usually only found on more expensive cars, the benefits of this type of transmission make it worth considering if you’re in the market for a new vehicle.

About AP Autocare

We have been in business for over 40 years, and we pride ourselves on being one of Bristol’s largest independent multi-brand service and repair centres.

If you live or work in Bristol City Centre or Temple Meads Train Station, we are located within easy walking distance.

With the skills and professionalism of main dealerships, but without their costs, our team offers highly competitive rates.

In addition to small cars, we offer services for light commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes (Class 7).

Our Services:

If your car isn’t running as you feel it should or you need more information about our services, then please contact us today at 0117 963 8916 and one of our experts will be able to answer any questions you may have and arrange an appointment for you

Why are new cars so hard to come by right now?

Why do new cars have such a long delay from order to purchase?

The global semiconductor shortage is affecting businesses worldwide, and the automotive industry is no exception. Many key components needed to build a new car rely on chips, and with chipmakers struggling to keep up with demand, there are widespread shortages. This has had a major impact on the availability of new cars, with dealers reporting longer lead times for customers who order a vehicle.

In some cases, it can take over 12 months from placing an order to taking delivery of the car and that’s if everything goes according to plan

The importance of Microchips

Because of a shortage of microchips, the huge majority of manufacturers now have to decrease or, in some cases, halt their production lines. Microchips are used in the circuitry of every electronic device, which includes mobile phones, PCs, game consoles, and your car.

The computer chips contain tiny components that help control various functions, such as your car’s entertainment system, assisted parking, etc. Microchips must be manufactured in dedicated factories with tidy conditions where there’s no dust or stationary electricity because they are so small and precise.

What’s causing the delays in new cars?

One of the main reasons is the chip shortage before the pandemic. China was already facing challenges before COVID-19 hit, with a growing demand for chips and insufficient capacity to meet that demand.

The situation was made worse by the trade war between the US and China during the Trump administration, which led to a decline in chip exports from China to the US. This, in turn, has resulted in a rise in prices for chips and other components needed to build a new car.

As a result, fewer chips were produced and were used in higher-selling consumer electronics. Because we’ve been driving less since the pandemic, chipmakers have naturally prioritised other products. Remember, microchips must always be produced in specialised factories with clean working conditions free of dust and stationary electricity. And that only happens in China at the moment.

The Pandemic Closed The Worlds Manufacturing

In the first three months of 2022, nearly 100,000 fewer cars were made than in the previous year. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, manufacturing has dropped by nearly a third (SMMT). According to the SMMT, the decline is due to a severe shortage of microchips and high oil prices for manufacturers.

Just 207,347 new cars were made in the UK in the first three months of the year, down from 306,558 in the same three months of 2021, when the global COVID pandemic added additional pressure on manufacturers. Manufacturers have difficulty obtaining the parts they require, particularly semiconductors or microchips, which are broadly used in most if not all modern vehicles.

Every major car factory in Europe shut down at the beginning of the pandemic, and some plants in the UK closed for months as they implemented the new social distancing rules. Britain’s car sales in 2020 were the lowest since 1992, putting a damper on demand for the fifth of Britain’s vehicles that remain in the home market.

Ultimately, the global COVID pandemic forced chipmakers to reduce production because of lockdown mandates. And, as everyone else is forced to remain indoors, sales of electronic gadgets such as tablet devices have skyrocketed, as we’ve all depended on them to keep us entertained during a very long year indoors.

China shutting down manufacturing again in 2022

The country’s massive car industry has been thrown into chaos by the nation’s latest COVID spike, with strict lockdowns affecting vehicle production in several cities. The country’s worst COVID epidemic in two years has compelled authorities to tighten the nation’s zero-Covid policy, resulting in the closure of several large cities and the evacuation of millions of people

Automakers have been forced to shut down manufacturing in places like Shanghai and Jilin Province, risking postponed consignments when the global demand for cars is high.

Volkswagen’s (VLKPF) industries in Changchun, Shanghai, and Jilin’s provincial capital have been closed for weeks, according to the company. Lockdowns in Shanghai and other Chinese cities are becoming more common, posing a growing economic threat.

“Production in our processing plants in Changchun (since mid-March) and Anting/Shanghai (since April 1) is currently on hiatus due to the current COVID situation,” Volkswagen said in a written response to CNN Business. “At the moment, this is causing a production delay.”

Toyota (TM) has shut down its Changchun factory for nearly a month. Toyota has been halting operational processes at the Changchun factory from March 14 onwards due to travel limitations in Changchun, the effect on sustainability principles, and the desire to ensure the protection of employees and all relevant entities.

According to Reuters, Tesla (TSLA) has ceased operations at its Shanghai production plant since the city decided to impose a lockdown on March 28.

War in Ukraine

Respectively, Russia and Ukraine play critical roles in the automotive value chain and vehicle manufacturing in times of peace. Unfortunately, interruption has been an unavoidable result of the continuing conflict between the two countries. Even if the battle does not reach our shores, the impact will undoubtedly cause a domino effect.

The automotive industry has faced numerous challenges in the last half-decade, particularly in production and manufacturing. Following the semiconductor manufacturing shortage, which is still not fully resolved, the sector is in the initial phases of yet another disruption.

Vehicle values will undoubtedly be impacted as a result of rising fuel costs. Because Russia provides 40% of Europe’s gas, the challenge of disrupting the oil and gas value chain has already attracted a lot of attention. Raw materials, production, sanctions, and logistics are still in flux for the automotive industry.

Global brands are withdrawing from Russia as of right now, united in their opposition to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Reflecting the geopolitical landscape further ramping up, we have decided to instantly halt all our business operations in Russia till further notice, “said a Daimler Truck spokesperson. Mercedes-Benz will suspend passenger car and van exports to Russia and Ukraine.

In Summary

The world’s new car market is in serious trouble, which is impacting the availability of used cars in the market as well as the value of used cars increasing due to their demand.

Contact us today on 0117 963 8916 if you are looking to change your car, as we have a stock of used cars available. Alternatively, put a hold on your plan to change your vehicle and book it for its annual service or check, which will keep it running more efficiently and increase its life span.