Mercedes-Benz Specialistin Henley On Thames
Hofmanns is an independent specialist offering servicing and repairs for Mercedes-Benz cars. We are a family run business, founded in 1949 by Fred Hofmann right here in Henley on Thames and serving customers throughout Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Our workshop is walking distance to the train station or town centre, and we have easy road links to both the M4 and M40 motorways.
Our team is led by Andrew Greaves, who joined Hofmann’s after 22 years working for Greenoaks Mercedes Group, responsible for their entire aftersales division. In the workshop we have three fully qualified Mercedes technicians with over 20 years Mercedes experience each with diagnostics and systems qualifications for both passenger vehicles and vans. If you want the best for your Mercedes, you are in safe hands!
To save your pocket our rates are less than the main dealer and we offer fixed menu pricing for the current range of Mercedes Benz cars. If you have a prized classic Mercedes model our experienced technicians have the knowledge with general maintenance through to complete rebuilds. We use Mercedes-Benz equipment and diagnostics (Mercedes-Benz Star machine), along with genuine Mercedes parts that are covered by a 2-year warranty. Mercedes-Benz specific oils are fitted, and we are able to officially record everything in your digital service book all without effecting your manufactures warranty.
We offer all the usual services you might expect from a well-equipped garage from tyres, brakes & clutch, crash repairs and diagnostics through to engine and chassis rebuilds for classic cars. We are unashamedly ‘old-school’ in that our technicians are experts and craftsman, able to conduct complex repairs and even fabricate entire new parts.
If you are short on time, we have a collection and delivery service, or you can take advantage or our fleet of modern courtesy cars. If it’s a simple job, we can offer while you wait appointments with refreshments and we will carry out a complimentary wash and vacuum after work is complete.
meet the team
Andrew has the wealth of experience that can only be acquired through a lifetime’s dedication to the motor trade. He heads up our team as Dealer Principle and provides us with an experienced hand at the tiller whilst we push the business forwards. He was born in Townlands Hospital, Henley on Thames and served his apprenticeship at Central Garage Henley on Station Road where he remained for the first 13 years of his career. He spent over 22 years with Greenoaks Mercedes Benz in Ascot, Maidenhead, Reading and Slough where he was the Group Aftersales Director and General Manager. Now he is enjoying being part of our small family team and his focus on great customer service makes an immediate impact.
Dave’s careers started right here in Henley with an Apprenticeship at Bell Street Fiat. He then moved on to VW and Audi with Central garage where he was for 10 years before becoming a Bosch Diagnostics technician prior to a move to Mercedes. He was at Mercedes for a total of 22 years and achieved the highest acclaim of becoming a fully qualified Master Technician. Dave loves his sport and enjoyed a successful football career including a stint as a semi-professional on the Oxford City team. After Oxford City he continued to play locally but these days his main sport is road biking.
Andy is our resident German car expert, the bulk of his career (20 years) has been spent within Greenoaks Mercedes where he was a systems technician working across 4 separate dealerships. Prior to that he spent 11 years with VW & Audi and 5 years at Maltins Porsche, coincidently in the very same building that Hofmann’s now operate from. Another coincidence is that his apprenticeship was spent at Cotterill’s & Sons, the family business of our service advisor Sarah. As well as cars, Andy loves bikes. He like to compete in long distance trials and touring the countryside on a Sunday afternoon.
Dave has recently joined Hofmann’s after a period working on Classic Cars and Race Cars at Richard Thorne’s, the Morgan specialist. He is no stranger to the staff here however as, before working with Morgan, he spent some 21 years at Greenoaks Mercedes where he worked alongside several of our other staff whilst achieving ‘Master Technician’ status. His experience doesn’t stop there as he also spent 10 years with Nissan and Peugeot.
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An MOT is a government requirement that needs renewing every 12 months. MOT’s are conducted in house and we have a child friendly, comfortable waiting area with fresh tea and coffee available on tap. We have a fleet of modern courtesy cars available and offer collection and delivery within the local area if you’re having your car serviced. Every MOT comes with a free car wash.
Regular servicing is imperative to sustain the reliability and performance of your car. We can cater for virtually any make or model and make use of genuine OE parts and fluids to ensure your manufacturer warranty remains intact. We appreciate that the annual car service can be an aggravation so to make your life that little bit easier we have a child friendly, comfortable waiting area with fresh tea and coffee available on tap. We have a fleet of modern courtesy cars available and offer collection and delivery within the local area. Every service comes with a free car wash.
Effective braking is fundamental to the safety of your car. We can supply discs, pads, drums, callipers, hydraulic components and more. Do your brakes cause a noise or a vibration, or has your pedal gone soft - we can advise? Electronic handbrakes pose no problem, and we are experienced with all the latest ABS systems. We supply manufacturer approved fluids and parts to ensure any manufacturer’s warranty remains intact.
We can supply most brands of tyres, from premium big-name brands through to mid -range and budget. Even OE spec tyres, track tyres and seasonal tyres are available. If you’re unsure about what type of tyre would best suit you needs our experienced tyre technicians can advise. If you’re concerned that your tyres are nearing the end of their life, please pop in and let us check the tread depths and pressures and general condition FOC and we can advise how close your tyres are to the end of their serviceable life. All used tyres are recycled, and all tyre repairs and fitment are performed by experienced tyre technicians.
We all have accidents but luckily Hofmann’s can help fix your damaged vehicle. Whether you have picked up a minor dent or scratch requiring a “smart repair”, or you need a larger insurance repair requiring body panels and paint - we can help. Complete body restorations and re-sprays are also available for those cherished classics, to the very best standards, at reasonable prices.
Modern cars are complicated machines and faults can often be tricky to effectively diagnose. To minimise the time spent fault-finding on your car we have invested in the Industry-leading diagnostics system from Autologic who employ a team of manufacturer specific Master-Technicians whose unrivalled experience is at our disposal. Additionally, we utilise a range of dealer-level manufacturer supplied equipment to assist us with specific brands. Software up-dates are available for most brands as well as component programming and upgrades.