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To Us, Local Means Friendly and Experienced Since 1968


At our site in Histon, Cambridge we have been operating an independent service, repair and MOT centre since 1968. Our company philosophy is the same today as it was 50 years ago – to deliver the best customer focussed service within the local community. A motto we feel still rings true with our loyal customers.

We offer a wide range of services including, servicing, MOT and repairs for cars, small vans and motorcycles. We also offer a range of used vehicles for sale which are supplied with our comprehensive warranty. Vehicle finance options are available and part exchanges are also welcome.

Whilst we operate an independent all makes workshop, we have the advantage of the latest diagnostics equipment, trained technicians, and a loyal and trusted team to support the workshop.

However large or small the job, here at B&S Local our enthusiastic team will endeavour to help and give customers the following services with the level of care they expect.

  • All makes servicing
  • Vehicle repairs
  • Car and motorbike MOT ramps
  • Used car sales

We’re able to offer collection and delivery, while you wait MOT’s and loan cars to make your experience with booking your vehicle in as easy as possible.

Why not call the team today on 01223 554069 to make a booking.

Close up of a brake disc with the tyre removed
B&S Local Fixed Price Servicing Menu
B&S Local technician using a grinder on a car with sparks flying

Free Collection, Delivery and Courtesy Cars Available

We understand that it is not always easy to get you or your vehicle to and from us for your servicing/tyres/mot/repairs.

Here at B&S Local, we pride ourselves on making it as convenient as possible. We know your car plays a big part in your lives. However, servicing and maintenance is an important part of car ownership.

That is why we try to make it as easy as possible to service, MOT or repair your car.

Whatever makes your life easiest we have it covered. Minimising the disruption to your daily life and keeping you moving is important to us so read on for more information about the B&S Local Service Promise.

Free Collection, Delivery and Courtesy Cars Available

Get your car serviced without leaving the comfort of your home thanks to our free collection and delivery service.

We know how hectic life can be, which is why we offer a free collection and delivery when your service is due, collecting your car from a location of your choice, then deliver it back again (within a reasonable distance – contact us for details) once the work is completed.

We can also provide you with a courtesy car to make sure you’re never stuck without transport. And of course, we’ll complete all repairs and servicing as quickly and efficiently as we can.

All services are carried out in a Covid-friendly way and our technicians will ensure that Covid safety procedures are followed at all times. Our measures include wearing a mask, disposable gloves and using protective car seat covers – which will help keep you and your vehicle safe.

  • We have a fleet of courtesy cars, which can be booked when your car is in for repair. This is a limited service and customers wishing to use this service must booked well in advance to secure a car. The cars are driven on our insurance and carry a £250 excess. Drivers must be over 21 and produce both parts of their driving licence.
  • No need to contact your insurance as all our cars are covered fully comprehensive through Buckingham and Stanley.
  • Once your work is complete return our courtesy car and drive yours away completely happy and stress free

Complimentary Wash and Vacuum

Our staff here at B&S Local will go out of their way to do our best to accommodate your needs beyond working on your vehicle.

We want to make sure you are well taken care of throughout your experience with us. As part of our above-and-beyond approach and to say thank you for your custom, our valet team will give your car a wash and vacuum the footwells after any work has been carried out as a complementary service to our customers.

That way you will drive away from us knowing your car has been well looked after and looking great!

Free Tyre Safety Check

Your tyres have a major effect on the handling quality of your vehicle, which has a direct impact on your safety.

Your tyres must be in good condition, without deformation or tear, and with a good tread depth. Our experts here at B&S Local are happy to carry out a free no-obligation tyre check to diagnose early problems, check the safety and advise on the condition of your tyres.

  • Includes tyre pressure check
  • Inspects tyre tread depth
  • Ensures tyres are safe and legal

With every service we will carry out a tyre check to make sure your tyres are doing what they need to do. Or to arrange a free tyre safety check, please call us or simply pop in and speak to one of our friendly service team.

Free Comprehensive Vehicle Health Check

With every vehicle that comes into our workshop, our technicians will carry out a free of charge, comprehensive health check (VHC) of the vehicle to make sure everything is in working order.

The VHC is a thorough check which includes:

  • Light / Electrics – lights, horn, washers
  • External/ Internal – brake and engine noise, wiper blades, seat belts
  • Under bonnet – fluid levels, fluid leaks, battery condition
  • Brakes / Hubs – brake fluid, discs, hoses, brake pads
  • Underside – exhaust system, steering, drive shaft, oil leaks
  • Wheels / Tyres

It's a free service our trained technicians carry out to identify any potential issues that may occur when you drive away from our workshop or may need attention in a few months’ time.

The check takes around 30 minutes, and once completed you will be given a printout with a detailed summary of the results.

To make things as simple as possible for our customers to make any decisions, we use a simple traffic light system:

Green

Your vehicle has successfully passed every item on the check list and no further work, repair or maintenance is required.

Amber

Amber of advisory means some work is recommended or there are issues which could require attention in the future. We will take a note of amber work and call you when this becomes necessary, so you don’t have to pay out more than you need on the day.

A good example of this is when a customer’s tyre tread depth is 3.5mm but we recommend changing tyres at 3mm. We will send a reminder for you to come in when it is likely that further action is required.

Red

A Red VHC result identifies work that is urgent and potentially the vehicle has safety issues which require immediate attention.

All VHC work identified by our technicians will be provided with a breakdown of costs so you can make an educated decision on what needs doing and how much it is going to cost – no surprises down the line!

Fixed Price Repairs

With highly trained technicians using the latest diagnostic equipment, you can’t beat bringing your vehicle to B&S Local for all your maintenance needs.

And with our fixed price service offers you know exactly what you are going to pay so no surprises!

All our fixed price services come with the following: (do you have anything that we can use here ?)

  • Premium synthetic oil change
  • Change oil filter
  • Vehicle road test
  • Pollen filter replacement (where required)
  • Comprehensive vehicle inspection and report
  • Check and top up screen wash and antifreeze
  • Courtesy wash and vacuum
  • Collection/Delivery available
  • Loan cars subject to availability

ALL PRICES INCLUDE VAT AND PARTS & LABOUR

B&S Local fixed price servicing menu

 

We offer a wide range of extra services at B&S Local so give us a call to find out how we can help.

Car MOT - £45.00

Motorbike MOT - £29.65

Petrol / Diesel additive - £15.00

Anti-freeze change - £69.00

Aircon service from £89.00

Other Services

Minor / major repairs

Cambelt replacement

Tyres

Manufacturer servicing

Call us today on 01223 554069 to make a booking or use the online booking tool


They say, “life is better on two wheels” and at our motorcycle and moped MOT testing station in Histon that certainly is the case.

With an onsite team of technicians expressing more than a passing interest in all things motorcycle related, you are sure to get a positive and friendly welcome.

Managing Director Andrew Ballard explains that his technicians have been keen motorcycle enthusiasts from the time that they were old enough to ride. So, this plays well into the obvious enthusiasm his key technician team of Darrell, Noel and Service reception engineer Nigel Mansfield have for the world of motorcycles.

With our location so close to the city of Cambridge, a city bustling with two wheels, we can make sure the annual MOT test can be carried out on the many motorcycles, mopeds and scooters that are used in and around the Cambridge area.

Many motorcycles are used, not only for the daily journeys of the working week but also for weekend fun, so we can also offer MOT testing on a Saturday morning as well as Monday to Fridays.

Based in the pretty village of Histon, with a bakers next door, nearby shops and four pubs within a few hundred yards of our site there should be plenty of enjoyable ways to pass some time whilst we carry out the MOT test to give riders a more convenient appointment time.

So, the next time your motorcycle, moped or scooter needs an MOT test, remember that ‘life’s better on two wheels’ at B&S Local in High Street, Histon.

To make an appointment please call 01223 554069 and we will be here to help.

Super Soco bike being assembled in the workshop

Back in 1968, Malcolm Buckingham and Mike Stanley established Buckingham and Stanley on the site we still run the business from today.

They wanted to create a one-stop, local and friendly garage for the community.

Whilst Buckingham and Stanley have both since moved on and the business has expanded across further sites in the South of Cambridge, our site in Histon remains at the heart of our company, woven into our history and the blueprint for everything that we do.

Today, the business remains family run, and the same values still apply. We focus on providing the same service that we did all those years ago: local, friendly and experienced.

Buckingham and Stanley – Since 1968