About Us

Autoworks was set up in Benfleet way back in 1973, it was then known as Colbert’s by Colin Henson and Burt Lewis hence the name. Both having served Ford apprenticeships and going on to work within the Ford Dunton Research Centre with the design and problem solving on many new and prototype vehicles.


Burt moved on to set up his own company in Clacton until his retirement. Colin remained with us until his retirement in 2010.


They were later joined by Roy Gibbs (also from Dunton Research Center) who was for many years the Workshop Foreman eventually becoming a partner and remaining with the company until his retirement in 2004.


They are all very well respected and well known Motor Vehicle Engineers.


The current owner Kevin Jones joined the company at just 16 in 1986. Kevin studied under Roy and Colin for many years as well as at college. He has studied nationwide many aspects of automotive repair and in 2004 achieved the CAE AMIMI lettering after his name.


He served as a National Panel Member of The Unipart Car Care Scheme representing garages in the southeast and Kent for over 5 years, and as such we were one of the first garages in the UK to achive the prestigious Briish Standards PAS 80 Kitemark award.


In 2010 We became a Bosch Car Service Centre and now offer a service backed by Bosch and Trading Standards. In this year we also opened our sister site Westminster Garage, in Westcliff on Sea. In January 2016 both sites were rebranded under our new name Autoworks


Today we still strive for honest, straight forward advice with a friendly experience for our customers.


We carry out Servicing, MOT’s, Diagnostics, Electrical repairs, Free local collection and delivery, Recovery (local), Clutches, Brakes, Timing Belts, Shock Absorbers and we are Air Conditioning and Van refrigeration Experts.

Our Team


Owner & Managing Director



Senior Service Advisor

Autoworks, Westcliff


Co-Owner & Senior Technician

Autoworks, Westcliff


Technician & MOT Tester

Autoworks, Benfleet




Autoworks, Benfleet

Senior Service Advisor

Autoworks, Benfleet


6 Kelvin Road, Manor Trading Estate,
Benfleet, SS7 4QB GB
01268 756650

378 Westborough Road,
Southend-on-Sea, SS0 9TN GB
01702 342255

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About Auto Works

Whether you're looking for an MOT in Benfleet, a car service in Benfleet or specialist car repair in Benfleet - we cater for all makes and models.

We cover Southend and Benfleet and the surround areas. Including. Westcliff, Rochford, Eastwood, Leigh, Shoebury, Canvey Island, Rayleigh, Hadleigh, Thundersley, Hockley.

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