Automotive Manuals & Document Translations

We deliver high-quality automotive translations guaranteed to be professional, accurate, and effective.

The continuous expansion of the global automotive market makes it essential to source reliable and accurate translation services if you want to succeed on a global scale.

Our automotive translation services are used extensively by companies looking to export to worldwide automotive manufacturers and consumers, ensure effective communication with international supply chains and create brand loyalty in different countries. Whether you are organising a conference for your global dealership network, translating an owner’s manual or producing a technical report in multiple languages, the ability to communicate effectively in multiple languages is the key to success on the international scene.

Our translation services have helped numerous clients within the industry develop their international operations, including manufacturers of automotive parts as diverse as clutches, exhaust systems, wheel and driveline systems as well as major automobile manufacturers, manufacturers of refuse collection lorries and diagnostic equipment.

Why trust us with your automotive translations?

Specialist linguists with experience in your industry

Our rigorous translator quality assessment process and continuous linguist assessment programme mean that all our translations are completed by an expert in your subject who is familiar with industry terminology and confident regarding your needs.

Dedicated Account Manager

You will also receive support from a dedicated Account Manager, who will respond to any queries you may have and ensure all communication is passed to the translators. Your Account Manager will also discuss your feedback on the translations and the service received to make certain you are totally satisfied with the translations. As language graduates, our Account Managers all have a passion for their chosen career and between them speak eight European languages to native standard.

Data security and confidentiality

We make sure your content is shared with the authorised parties and no one else, with agreed security measures in place such as the storage and transfer of your files on our secure server and ensuring that all parties have signed NDAs.

Terminology Management and Translation Memory

We use sophisticated translation technology which registers your preferred terminology and any translations that have been completed previously. This allows our linguists to consistently and accurately translate your content and meet your project requirements effortlessly. It also allows us to pass on cost savings to you by providing reduced rates for repeated content across your documentation. Online systems are also available, which give multiple translators access to the same reference material, and can enable reviewers to edit the content in line with their preferences.


Our Automotive Translation Process

  1. Receive the document: You send us the document/s for translation in a variety of methods, including secure file transfer.
  2. Translation Memory: We analyse the document against our Translation Memory database to see whether there is any previously translated content or repeated phrasing, both of which will be translated automatically saving you time and money.
  3. Translation and review: Our expert translators get to work translating the document/s, with draft translations reviewed for accuracy and suitability.
  4. Quality assurance and delivery: Before delivery, the translation undergoes our strict quality assurance process.


Automotive translation FAQs

What is automotive translation?

Automotive translation refers to specialist translation services especially for businesses in the automotive industry. Given the continued expansion of this industry in terms of global reach and revenue, specialist translation services are in high demand as businesses look to communicate effectively with their partners and client base around the world.

Automotive translation relies on experienced translators with industry experience, who combine a firm bedrock of technical knowledge with the highest levels of linguistic proficiency to deliver accurate and reliable translations every time.

Whether you’re looking to export to new regions, communicate effectively throughout international supply chains, or build brand loyalty with customers around the globe, our specialist automotive translation experts can help. We have extensive experience in translating materials like websites, user manuals, bids and tenders, technical specifications and many other content types.

What are the benefits of automotive translation?

For business in the automotive industry, specialist translation services can bring many benefits. The most obvious is the ability to communicate with customers and partners over a wider geographical area, and the resulting expansion in customer base and income as a result. But there are many, subtler benefits on offer, too:

  • Compliance: adhering to laws and regulations in new regions is a crucial part of expansion, and working with specialist translators is a way to ensure your business operations are compliant with all relevant legislation.
  • Customer safety: by translating manuals, safety guidelines and similar communications, you can ensure the safety of customers using your vehicles or components.
  • Collaboration: moving into new markets means forging relationships with new suppliers and partners, and effective communication in the language they speak is an integral part of this process.
  • Effective marketing: marketing products, especially those with a long purchase cycle like vehicles, is about more than just translating ad copy. You need to communicate with potential customers in language that really resonates, and our translation specialists have the linguistic proficiency and cultural know-how to strike this tricky balance.

What are some examples of automotive translation?

Here is an indicative sample of materials that might be translated in the automotive industry:

  • Websites: while buying a car online isn’t as common as buying online in other industries, sophisticated web presences are important for auto manufacturers and other businesses operating in this area. The internet is how people search for and find information, and how they make decisions. Ensuring your users can engage with your website in their language facilitates this process.
  • User manuals: operating cars and complex components relies on the user understanding how they work, and having access to highly accurate information to this end.
  • Patents: companies applying for patents must be able to accurately convey intricate details and high levels of nuance to ensure patent applications are successful, and that their intellectual property is protected.
  • Contracts: working with suppliers and partners across language barriers relies on effective communication between parties, and faithful translation of contracts and other legal documents is a way to reliably underpin these relationships.
  • Technical documents: whether they be engineering specifications, technical drawings, or parts catalogues, end users must be able to read and understand this type of document.
  • Video translation: Many manufacturers provide user information through video content. Having foreign language subtitles or voiceovers will ensure that these videos are clearly understood by the user.

Why use automotive translation?

Using automotive translation services allows your business to expand its reach and move into new markets as a result, all while ensuring that brand perception and customer safety remain protected. Working with specialist automotive translators rather than general translators gives your business the peace of mind that all translations will be accurate and reliable, letting you focus your attention elsewhere.

How much does automotive translation cost?

The exact price you’ll pay will vary depending on the nature of the project, and will be influenced by factors like services required, overall word count, level of complexity, required turnaround time, and so on. When we get an inquiry from a customer we review their information and the intricacies of the project, and distil this down into a bespoke quote.

To find out what you might pay for an automotive translation project, please get in touch.

We’re also proud to offer the possibility of reduced rates for subsequent projects thanks to the translation memories we are able to build for each client. As projects are completed, these databases are updated with translated words and phrases, giving our translators a bank of already-translated content to work with at the outset of each new project – a time saving that we are able to pass onto our customers.

Automotive documents we can translate

  • Technical specifications
  • User Manuals
  • Health and safety information
  • Websites
  • Promotional and marketing materials
  • Software and website localisation
  • Bids and tenders
  • Foreign legislation and regulatory information
  • Technology briefs and white papers
  • Patents
  • Work procedures
  • Contracts

Our Recent Projects

We’re a trusted translation provider for many leading global brands as well as smaller businesses.

  • Translation of 30,000 words into 16 languages for patients on how to improve health, fitness and reduce obesity.
  • Translation of User Manuals and Engineer's Notes into 14 languages for an engineering company.
  • Translation & subtitling of internal communications in 5 languages for a client in the food & drink sector.
  • Software Translations for an online payment system into over 50 languages.

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