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  • Halfords is offering a free MOT* (normally £39.85) at its 350+ Autocentres across the UK when you buy anything from a Halfords retail store or online by Mon 19 Apr.

    You'll need to book your free MOT by Fri 21 May, but the MOT can be carried out up to Nov 2021, so even if your MOT isn't due for a few months, you can still take advantage.

    With any MOT, before you go, read our checklist of the most common MOT failures and how to beat them. Also, see how to get a free annual MOT reminder.

    The cheapest items we found at Halfords were a £1 sponge* or £1 bucket* – so you could spend as little as £1 to qualify for a free MOT. Delivery's £3.99 if ordering online, or you can click and collect for free.

    How to get the 'free' MOT

    • When you make any purchase either online or in store, you'll receive an email voucher within seven working days. 
    • You can only book your 'free' MOT online – visit this Halfords Autocentre MOT page by 11.59pm on Fri 21 May and add an MOT (or combined MOT & service) to your basket. Enter your voucher code during the checkout process.

    The MOT itself can be carried out until 21 Nov 2021, depending on availability at your nearest Autocentre.

    Halfords has said there's no limit to the number of people who can claim the offer, and you can get multiple vouchers if you do multiple purchases – so if you've two cars, just make two separate purchases. If you return your purchase, Halfords says this will invalidate your free MOT offer.

    Are Halfords MOTs any good?

    Like any nationwide chain, there's good and bad feedback, but at least as Halfords is a big chain, it gives you more avenues if something goes wrong.

    Where there are complaints about MOTs in general, they tend to be around whether garages try to push their own repairs. But if your vehicle has a dangerous fault, by law, you won't be allowed to drive it away and will have to have it repaired at the specific garage, or towed elsewhere – see MOT rules.

    If unsure about using any garage, it can be safest to go to a council test centre, as they generally don't do repairs so there's little vested interest to fail you in the hope you'll spend.

    See £19.71 Kwik Fit MOT if that's a better option for you. 

    MSE Laura B says:

    Halfords offered a similar deal in 2018 and 2019. We saw successes from MoneySavers who used the offer, including the below from Tony...

    "I was a bit apprehensive about this offer expecting them to 'look harder' etc to find faults. However my experience could not have been better at Wakefield store.

    I bought an air freshener for about £2... Booked online for 11am and text received day before as reminder and to go 10 mins earlier. Got there and was told about an hour, reception very friendly and car ready by 11.50. Even spoke to technician who confirmed he was not under pressure to find faults etc!

    All in all... whilst I was apprehensive - I have to say a very positive experience saving me a nice £35 which is their usual price. Thank you MSE and team!"

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  • Halfords is offering a free bicycle safety check at all of its stores (find your nearest*). There's no need to book - simply pop along with your bike and ask a member of staff for a free bike check, which shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes and covers all of the following:

    • Handlebars
    • Wheels/tyres
    • Gears/chain
    • Brakes
    • Saddle
       

    Obviously, it's no coincidence Halfords is doing these checks when it also sells bike parts and cycling accessories. Staff might try to upsell you (eg, new tyres, saddle etc), but there's no obligation to act on any advice you're given, or to buy anything.

  • There are always ways to save money at Halfords*, so even if there isn't a cracking deal out there that works for you, don't assume you can't cut your costs further. 

    Ways to save include:

    • Free Click & Collect. Standard delivery's free at Halfords, but only when you spend £30 or more. If you're spending less, delivery's £2.99 - but you can avoid paying this by collecting your order from a Halfords store for free (find your nearest*).
       
    • Check for offers. See the Halfords offers page* to find seasonal offers and sales throughout the year. Of course, we'll feature the broader discounts, but you may find a slightly more niche offer on the Halfords page that works for what you're buying.
       
    • Try haggling. We polled 1,400 MoneySavers to find out in which shops hagglers have most success. Lots of high street retailers are known to give discounts to customers who ask, so it's always worth a punt. For more haggling tips, see our Haggle on the High Street guide.
       
    • Check similar retailers. If you're not committed to buying from Halfords, check for deals from other stores such as ArgosTesco Direct or Millets, where you may find there's a better deal.
       
    • Want more? Find out more shopping tricks in our Shopping Secrets guide.
       
    • Had a problem with Halfords? There's a free online tool you can use to draft, manage and if necessary escalate a complaint. It's called Resolver, and we like it so much we work with it to help people get complaints justice - you can use it to complain to Halfords*.
       

    If you spot any hot deals we've missed (we're only human!), let us know on Twitter @MSE_Deals or by emailing us at msedeals@moneysavingexpert.com.

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  • Halfords up to 40% off selected items

    Halfords up to 40% off selected items

    Incl 20% off certain kids' bikes and scooters

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    Until Mon 30 Nov (Cyber Monday), you can get up to 44% off selected items at Halfords* as part of its Black Friday promotion which began on Thu 12 Nov. There were 137 items included when we checked online on Fri 20 Nov.

    Selected kids' bikes and scooters are 20% off, and Halfords' own range of tool kits – not available elsewhere – are up to 40% off.

    Delivery's free on most items, but there's a £25 delivery fee for built (as opposed to boxed, unbuilt) adult bikes and £15 for built kids' bikes. Bulky items and online exclusives will also incur a delivery fee.

    Here are some strong examples we found at 10am on Fri 20 Nov, excluding delivery:

    Don't assume Halfords will always be cheapest. Make sure to check prices against competitors such as Evans Cycles, eBay and Amazon.

    Important: Don’t allow yourself to be taken in by the hype around Black Friday and be sucked into buying something you don’t need or can’t afford. Always do your own price comparisons to ensure you are getting the best deal possible – don’t just take a retailer’s word for it.

    • The Black Friday deals are available online and in all Halfords stores, but you may want to shop online to avoid an unnecessary outing, depending on the lockdown rules in your part of the country. See our Life-in-lockdown guide for more information.

  • Halfords FREE 10-point car check

    Halfords FREE 10-point car check

    For teachers, Armed Forces, NHS & emergency workers. At Autocentres & garages

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    For a limited time, Halfords* is making its 10-point car check (norm £15) FREE to all teachers, HSE, NHS and emergency workers and members of the Armed Forces, in Halfords Autocentres and garages (find your nearest*). The freebie's not available at Halfords retail stores but those groups can get the check for £13.50 there. We've asked Halfords when this offer ends and will update here once we know.

    Remember: it's mandatory to wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces, and there may be special social distancing measures in place. With certain parts of the UK in national or regional lockdowns, you may want to check the latest Government information before heading out. See our Coronavirus Life-in-Lockdown guide for latest info.

    You'll need to book online, then show your staff ID card, Blue Light card or a Defence Discount Service card when you arrive.

    What's covered by the Halfords 10-point car check?

    • Headlight & brake light check
    • Wiper blade condition check
    • Battery health check
    • Windscreen chip check
    • MOT due date reminder
    • Tyre depth check
    • Tyre inflation check & top up
    • Oil level check
    • Screen wash top up
    • AdBlue & coolant check


    Halfords says it'll take about 30 minutes. There's no obligation to buy anything or act on any advice you're given. These checks are completely free to the groups of workers named above.

    If you're not in one of the eligible jobs, you can still take advantage of the Halfords FREE winter car check – it's a five-point assessment that includes a brakes, headlight and battery health check.