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Halfords logoHalfords FREE £15 winter car checks*Normally includes free screenwash top-up

Till spring 2016

Halfords is now offering free winter car checks at all its stores, and has confirmed that this freebie will be available until spring 2016.

There's no need to book, simply drive to any Halfords* or Halfords Autocentre* to get a free five-point car check (valued at about £15).

Checks via the free offer include:

  • Battery 
  • Bulbs 
  • Wiper blades 
  • Oil levels 
  • Screenwash levels, topped up for free

Halfords says it takes about 15 minutes and you don't need to book in advance, but you can book online if you want a specific time slot. It'll top up your screenwash up to two litres, norm £2ish. There is no obligation to buy anything or act on any advice on previous deals, but be prepared - staff might try to upsell you.

You can also get your tyres checked...

You can also get a free tyre safety check when you drive to a Halfords Autocentre (find your nearest*). The service includes a pressure check and full tyre inspection, and Halfords says it shouldn't take any longer than about 10 minutes, but you should allow for up to an hour in case you have to wait. Again, there’s no obligation to act on any advice.

We checked with Halfords and it told us you can have both the winter car check and the tyre safety check carried out on the same day. Unlike the winter car check, the tyre check is available at any time of year. There's no need to book in advance.

Halfords logoHalfords FREE car maintenance lesson*Incl checking oil, wiper blades & lights

Mon 12 Oct

You can book a free 'winter motor workshop' at Halfords* for Mon 12 Oct to learn how to check your car’s roadworthiness. Halfords says it's available in 397 of its 420 retail stores (not its autocentres).

Bizarrely, it's marketed as women only, but it will allow men too. You need to book online in advance, via the link above. There are eight places available for each class - more than 3,000 places nationwide - so book quickly if you want to attend one.

The workshop includes:

  • Checking oil
  • Checking wiper blades
  • Advice on checking your lights
  • Oil levels 
  • Screen wash check with a free top-up
  • Tips on taking care of your car in the winter

Why is Halfords marketing this as women only?

Halfords says it's offering these workshops as a result of "extensive research" that suggests many women don't know how to perform basic checks on their car (although at MSE Towers, some of the women know a lot more about cars than the men, so we don't necessarily agree with Halfords - MSE Ant, Guy and Tom certainly have no idea about how to change their oil). But as we've already said, Halfords did tell us men will be welcome to take part.

There's no obligation to buy anything or act on any advice, but be prepared - staff might try to upsell you.

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