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Common Air Conditioning Problems and How to Fix Them
Introduction When the summer heat hits, there’s nothing worse than finding out your car’s air conditioning isn’t working properly. At AZ Autos, we understand the frustration and discomfort this can cause, especially during those scorching days in Letchworth and Hitchin. In this blog, we’ll discuss some common air conditioning problems…
Tuesday 25th June 2024
Summer Prep for Your Car: Why a Full MOT and Air Conditioning Check are Essential
Introduction As summer approaches, ensuring your vehicle is in top condition becomes crucial, especially if you’re planning road trips or frequent drives in warmer weather. An MOT and a thorough air conditioning check are key to ensuring your car is safe and comfortable. Let’s explore why these checks are essential…
Tuesday 21st May 2024
Join Our Team and Kickstart Your Career with a £1,500 Signing Bonus!
Are you ready to rev up your career as a Vehicle Technician Mechanic? At AZ Autos, not only do we value excellence in service and craftsmanship, but we also believe in rewarding those who are ready to take their skills to the next level. We’re excited to announce that we…
Wednesday 8th May 2024
Top 5 Reasons Why Cars Fail Their MOT and How to Avoid Them 🚦🛠️
Top 5 Reasons Why Cars Fail Their MOT and How to Avoid Them 🚦🛠️   Introduction: Every car owner knows that the annual MOT is a must, but not every car passes the first time around. Understanding why cars commonly fail the MOT can save you time, stress, and money.…
Monday 22nd April 2024
Easter Getaways: Preparing Your Car for the Perfect Road Trip
Introduction Easter is the perfect time for a getaway. Whether it’s a family adventure to Letchworth’s picturesque countryside, a scenic drive through the historic streets of Hitchin, or an exploration of the surrounding areas of Baldock and Stevenage, your car becomes your trusty companion on these journeys. Before you set…
Thursday 21st March 2024
Your Complete Guide to MOTs in Letchworth, Hitchin, Baldock, and Stevenage
  Navigating the process of getting an MOT can often seem daunting. Whether you’re a seasoned vehicle owner in Letchworth or a first-timer in Stevenage, understanding the essentials—from prices and reviews to booking procedures—is key. In this guide, we’ll cover the crucial aspects of MOTs, including what documents you’ll need,…
Tuesday 13th February 2024
Winter Driving Tips: How to Keep Your Car in Top Shape for the Cold Season
Introduction: As the chill of winter sets in across Letchworth and Hitchin, it’s not just our wardrobes that need adjusting – our cars require special attention too. Winter brings with it unique challenges for motorists, from icy roads to freezing temperatures. But fear not! With a few simple preparations, you…
Wednesday 13th December 2023
AZ Autos: Proud Sponsors of Letchworth Eagles U9s – Score £10 Off Your MOT!
There’s a fresh kit on the pitch, and it’s got our name on it! AZ Autos is thrilled to announce our sponsorship of the under 9s Letchworth Eagles football team. We’re all about community spirit and what better way to show our support than by backing our local young talents?…
Thursday 9th November 2023
The Significance of Effective Brakes in Winter Conditions
The Significance of Effective Brakes in Winter Conditions Winter brings about a magical transformation in Letchworth and Hitchin, with frosted landscapes and twinkling lights. But with the beauty of the season also come potential hazards, especially on the roads. And among all vehicle components crucial for safe winter driving, one…
Friday 13th October 2023
School Run Safety: The Importance of Regular MOTs and Servicing for Letchworth Families
Autumn is upon us, and as the amber leaves fall, the streets of Letchworth and neighbouring Hitchin fill with cars doing the school run. While this routine brings about a sense of normalcy, it also comes with a significant responsibility: ensuring your vehicle is safe for those precious cargo trips…
Friday 22nd September 2023
A Guide to Understanding Different Car Noises and When to Seek Repair
  If you’ve ever taken a peaceful drive around Letchworth or Hitchin and suddenly heard an unfamiliar noise from your car, you’re not alone. Every car owner has been there! Our vehicles often communicate with us through sounds – be it a roar, hiss, or squeak. The key is knowing…
Wednesday 6th September 2023
5 Essential Tips to Save Money on Running Your Car Amidst Rising Costs
5 Essential Tips to Save Money on Running Your Car Amidst Rising Costs Hey Letchworth and Hitchin folks! With the rising inflation and current cost of living crisis, every penny counts. As always, we at AZ Autos are here to help. Driving efficiently isn’t just about fuel economy; it also…
Wednesday 9th August 2023
Get Your Car Summer-Ready: Essential Checks Before Your Holiday Drive
Hello to all the keen travellers and staycationers of Letchworth and Hitchin! As summer rolls around, it’s time to plan those long-awaited holiday trips. But before you hit the road, it’s crucial to make sure your car is ready for the journey. So, let’s delve into our top tips for…
Friday 7th July 2023
The Importance of Regular Car Maintenance: Focusing on MOTs and Air Conditioning
Hello, lovely drivers of Letchworth and Hitchin! We’re back with another nugget of car wisdom. Today, we’re diving into the world of regular car maintenance, and zooming in on two elements that often get overlooked – your regular MOT and air conditioning service. 🛠️🚘 Proper maintenance is the key to…
Wednesday 28th June 2023
Beat the Heat: 5 Ways to Keep Your Car’s Air Conditioning Working Efficiently
Hello again, wonderful people of Letchworth and Hitchin! With the hot weather fast approaching, there’s no better time than now to ensure your car’s air conditioning is in top-notch condition. Nothing quite beats the relief of stepping into a cool car after being out in the summer sun! 😎☀️ Your…
Monday 12th June 2023
The Savvy Car Buyer’s Guide: 5 Essential Checks When Buying a Used Car 🚘🔍
Hello to all the would-be car owners of Letchworth and Hitchin! Hunting for a reliable used car can feel a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack 🌾🔍. But fear not, your local experts at Letchworth Vehicle Repair Centre are here with a handy guide of 5 key…
Wednesday 7th June 2023
Five Easy Checks to Ace Your MOT Test – No More Unnecessary Fails!
Hello, fellow motorists of Letchworth and Hitchin! We know how vital the MOT check is for you and your beloved vehicle, and how much you dread the possibility of a fail. That’s why we, at your local Letchworth Vehicle Repair Centre, have put together five simple yet crucial checks you…
Tuesday 6th June 2023
My Work Experience at AZ Autos
My Work Experience at AZ Autos By Liam Hazley Social Media I have been put in control of the social media sites so that I could post on the AZ Autos Facebook page. I also create an Instagram account so that the company has another form of social media. I…
Tuesday 27th March 2018
Staff Blog – 04/01/2018
I have bought a Used Car that’s gone wrong – what are my rights? by David Alvarez Introduction In my opinion, the reason you would buy a car from a reputable dealer is for complete peace of mind. You should be confident that your new steed should get you from…
Thursday 4th January 2018
AZ Autos Nominated at Used Car Dealer Awards 2017
The prestigious Car Dealer Magazine Used Car Awards took place on Monday, November 27 at The Brewery in London. Once again, the evening was hosted by the legendary Mike Brewer, and Mike also chairs the judging panel, which had been shortlisting contenders. The Used Car Awards celebrates the very best…
Tuesday 28th November 2017
Former Top Gear Presenter shoots film at AZ Autos
Former Top Gear and Fifth Gear presenter, Vicki Butler-Henderson was on a film shoot this month at AZ Autos (an independent car dealer) in Hitchin. Auto Trader commissioned the video, selecting AZ Autos as a location out of a possible 6,000 independent dealers. The video was commissioned to show customers…
Thursday 19th October 2017
Staff Blog – 13/09/2017
The Whale Tail – A Cosworth Story by Christian Knight 1986 was the year ford introduced the whale tail on the high-performance 3 door hatchback sierra rs Cosworth , blowing the mind on the general public with this radical look! With a 2.0l 16 valve turbocharged engine, producing 204bhp, built…
Wednesday 13th September 2017
Staff Blog – 06/07/2017
The Mini – A British Icon by James Westley   In 1959 the British Motor Corporation created a car that was meant as an economical solution to a fuel crisis in the UK and an answer to the German bubble cars of the era, but little did they know it…
Thursday 6th July 2017
AZ Autos Win at Auto Trader’s Click Awards
Az Autos are extremely honoured to win ‘Digital Innovator of the Year’ Award at the 2017 Auto Trader Click Awards. Auto Trader measured 8000 independent dealers across 10 different metrics, including Images, number and quality, reviews, advert duration, stock turn, price position, desirability, description quality and overage stock.  The invitations were sent…
Friday 30th June 2017
Loyalty Card Customer
We like to look after our customers! Every AZ Autos customer will be automatically enrolled into our loyalty scheme. Simply flash your loyalty card and you will be entitled to the following: Service MOT and Repair Centre 15% Off Servicing and Repairs Free Tyre Puncture repairs Free Health Checks Free…
Sunday 25th June 2017
Staff Blog – 11/05/2017
Roll on June by Richard Alvarez I have been attending the Le Mans 24 hour race ,off and on,  since 1969. The first time we went was in a 1965 Vauxhall Viva HA this car was in a very light green and had vinyl seats. The French part of the…
Thursday 11th May 2017
Community Project – A Business (Week 10 – 02/05/2017)
Week 10 – The Final Presentation As this was the last week of the project we gathered year head’s and also Kieran Murphy (head of the charity Phase) and David Alvarez (Director of AZ Autos) to sit in on a presentation held by Tom and Luke. The presentation ran through the project…
Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Staff Blog – 23/03/2017
Electric Cars….. Are they worth it? by Rachel Gatward Electric cars were first built and tested as far back as the 1800’s. The first versions were mainly for battery powered locomotives but this prompted others to turn the technology to cars. Many models were developed and used throughout the world,…
Thursday 23rd March 2017
Community Project – A Business (Week 9 – 13/03/2017)
Week 9 – Presentation Preparation With the Polo sold it was now time summarise what we had learnt from the Project in form a presentation. Luke, a student involved with the initative, writes the next instalment of our Blog: “On week 9 me and Tom started to prepare for a presentation which…
Monday 13th March 2017
Community Project – A Business (Week 8 – 06/03/2017)
Week 8 – Customer Enquiries and Sales Tom writes this week’s entry for the project: “On week 8 we were looking at some of the buyers and some of the questions that they had on the car. Then we answered and told them that it was checked by an official…
Monday 6th March 2017
Community Project – A Business (Week 7 – 28/02/2017)
Week 7 – Advertising With all the research done it was now time to advertise the little Volkswagen Polo. Tom and Luke’s first task was to write the text for the advert. They selected all the technical data and decided on the following advert text: We have carried out much…
Tuesday 28th February 2017
3 Years RAC Warranty For the Price of 2
This fantastic limited time offer will give you a 3 Year RAC Warranty for the Price of 2 Year Plan. The repair limit is £2,000 per claim and the offer is subject to eligibility. This means that a 3 Year warranties are available at these prices: Engine Size Price Up…
Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Staff Blog – 21/02/2017
What our Vehicles Say about us! Does the car we drive say anything about us as individuals? Or is it merely a tool we use to commute to and from work and taking the young ones to school. Maybe certain characteristics of an individual can effect ( even on a…
Tuesday 21st February 2017
Community Project – A Business (Week 6 – 06/02/2017)
Week 6 – Market Research By this point Tom and Luke had checked the Polo, ordered and fitted the parts, washed and cleaned it and it was now ready for selling. Before they could sell it they needed to know where they were going sell it and how much they could…
Monday 6th February 2017
Community Project – A Business (Week 5 – 29/11/2016)
Week 5 – Car Wash and Valeting It was early on a Tuesday morning, there was a cold frost with the temperature at only 4 degrees and the students, Tom and Luke, were over at AZ Autos Used Car Select Centre ready for a mornings work. No car is ready…
Tuesday 29th November 2016
Community Project – A Business (Week 4 – 15/11/2016)
Week 4 – Mechanics With the parts ordered and delivered, Tom and Luke now needed to fit the parts at AZ Autos MOT and Repair Centre. They donned on their overalls, armed themselves with air guns and spanners – they were ready to get to work. Mentored by our very…
Tuesday 15th November 2016
Community Project – A Business (Week 3 – 08/11/2016)
Week 3 – Ordering from Suppliers Tom had the job this week of calling around suppliers to get a cost for all the parts needed and negotiate the best possible deal. We first had a brainstorm about why it was important to get the best possible price on parts and…
Tuesday 8th November 2016
Community Project – A Business (Week 2 – 01/11/2016)
Week 2 – Mechanical Check As Luke was off school due to sickness it was left to Tom to survey the Volkswagen Polo. With the help of AZ Autos Junior technician, James Westley, Tom used an industry standard 50-point check sheet to evaluate the little Polo’s mechanical condition. Tom was…
Tuesday 1st November 2016
Community Project – A Business (Week 1 – 11/10/2016)
Week 1 – The Interview The two students, Luke and Tom, were put into a business interview situation. David Alvarez (Director of AZ Autos) and Kieran Murphy (Director of Phase) quizzed the students on what they knew about their organizations, what are the students strengths and weaknesses, how would they…
Tuesday 11th October 2016
Community Project – ‘A Business’
What is the project? – The project starts with AZ Autos donating a car to the charity Phase who work with local schools in Hitchin. We will then take two students out of The Priory School in Hitchin once a week for 12 x 2 hour blocks. Over the 12-week…
Monday 10th October 2016
Staff Blog – 11/10/2015
A Guide to Buying a used car With the amount of choice now on the Internet with Autotrader and eBay, finding a good genuine used car is sometimes like finding a needle in a haystack. We see a lot of people who have been stung when buying a used car.…
Sunday 11th October 2015
The Carpet AZ Autos donated to the Calais Jungle
Dan Drew from Hitchin’s Hub Church visited the refugee camp in Calais known as ‘The Jungle’ on a fact finding visit earlier this month. After meeting church elders Dan and fellow Hub Church members, promised to return with a carpet – for St Michael’s, the only place of worship in…
Thursday 17th September 2015