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  • If you're off on a long car journey – and even if you're not – it could be worth getting your car checked over. Drive to any Halfords* store or Halfords Autocentre, and you can ask for a free five-point winter car check until Mon 4 Mar 2019.

    The offer's available at 700+ locations nationwide and Halfords says it's worth £15 - though in reality, it's a year-round freebie, branded winter or summer depending on the time.

    What's covered by the Halfords free car check?

    • Battery 
    • Light bulbs 
    • Windscreen wipers
    • Oil levels 
    • Screenwash levels (topped up for free)


    Halfords says it'll take 15 minutes and you don't need to book in advance – just turn up and speak to a member of staff. Be warned... they may try to sell to you, but there's no obligation to buy anything or act on any advice you're given. These checks are completely free.

  • Earlier this year, Halfords offered a free MOT* (norm up to £54.85) at its 300+ Autocentres in England, Scotland and Wales when you bought anything from a Halfords retail store or online by Sun 14 Oct.

    While the chance to get a voucher code has now ended, if you got one during the promotional period, you have until 31 Oct 2019 to claim the free MOT – so below is information on how to claim.

    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.

    How to get the 'free' MOT

    If you've got your free MOT voucher code, you can only book your 'free' MOT online – visit this Halfords Autocentre MOT page and add an MOT to your basket. Enter your voucher code during the checkout process. You can book an MOT until 31 Oct 2019, depending on availability at your nearest Autocentre.

    Are Halfords MOTs any good?

    Like any nationwide chain, there is good and bad feedback, but at least being a biggie it gives you more avenues if something goes wrong, and you can use the free Resolver complaints tool to help, if it gets bad.

    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 how MOT rules have changed.

    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. But because you may not always be able to drive away if there’s a big problem with your motor, there’s a small risk going to council centres.

    MSE Oli says:

    We've seen successes from MoneySavers who have used this 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 did know my vehicle was ok as tyres had been changed and brakes checked at same time a couple of months earlier.

    I bought an air freshener about £2... And voucher emailed across 3 days later. Booked online for 11 am 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!"

      • Restricted to one booking per customer
      • Excludes commercial vehicles
      • MOT re-test fees will apply
  • 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, on Facebook or by emailing us at msedeals@moneysavingexpert.com.

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  • Halfords 'free' MOT up to October 2019

    Halfords 'free' MOT up to October 2019

    When you make ANY purchase in store or online by 14 Oct

    Halfords is offering a free MOT* (norm up to £54.85) at its 300+ Autocentres in England, Scotland and Wales when you buy anything from a Halfords retail store or online by Sun 14 Oct. But what's great about this deal is you've got until 31 Oct 2019 to claim the free MOT, so even if your MOT isn't due until next year, 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 50p sponge* or £1 car air fresheners* – so you could spend as little as 50p to qualify for a free MOT. It's better to do it in store as there's a £3.99 delivery charge for online orders under £40.

    You won't be able to buy your item in store and book your MOT for the same day, as you need to wait a bit for your voucher code.

    MSE Update, Mon 8 Oct at 10.15am: Halfords has told us that because this offer has been so popular, in some cases it may take a bit more than seven working days for the voucher code to arrive.

    How to get the 'free' MOT

    • In store, you'll need to provide your email address, postcode and vehicle registration, and you should then receive an email from Halfords within two to seven working days, containing a voucher code for your free MOT. If you buy online for delivery, you'll receive a paper voucher with a code inside your package.
    • You can only book your 'free' MOT online – visit this Halfords Autocentre MOT page and add an MOT to your basket. Enter your voucher code during the checkout process. You can book an MOT from the day you receive your voucher code until 31 Oct 2019, depending on availability at your nearest Autocentre.

    What if you return your purchase?

    If you return your purchase, Halfords says this will invalidate your free MOT offer.

    Could the offer end early?

    Halfords has said there's no limit to the number of people who can claim the offer – just that it's one per person – but its terms and conditions do state that 'Halfords reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time', so there is a risk it could pull the offer early if it becomes very popular.

    Are Halfords MOTs any good?

    Like any nationwide chain, there is good and bad feedback, but at least being a biggie it gives you more avenues if something goes wrong, and you can use the free Resolver complaints tool to help, if it gets bad.

    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 how MOT rules have changed.

    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. But because you may not always be able to drive away if there’s a big problem with your motor, there’s a small risk going to council centres.

    MSE Oli says:

    We've seen successes from MoneySavers who have used this 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 did know my vehicle was ok as tyres had been changed and brakes checked at same time a couple of months earlier.

    I bought an air freshener about £2... And voucher emailed across 3 days later. Booked online for 11 am 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!"

      • Restricted to one booking per customer
      • Excludes commercial vehicles
      • MOT re-test fees will apply
  • Halfords FREE summer car check

    Halfords FREE summer car check

    6-point check, incl screenwash top-up. Norm £15ish

    If you're heading off on any long car journeys – and even if you're not – it could be worth getting your car checked over. Drive to any Halfords* store or Halfords Autocentre, and you can ask for a free six-point summer car check until Sat 13 Oct.

    Halfords values it at about £15 and it's available in 700+ locations nationwide.

    What's covered by the Halfords car check?Halfords car check

    • Battery 
    • Light bulbs 
    • Windscreen wipers
    • Oil levels 
    • Screenwash levels (topped up for free)
    • Air conditioning 

    Halfords says it'll take 15 minutes and you don't need to book in advance – just turn up and speak to a member of staff. Be warned... they may try to sell to you, but there's no obligation to buy anything or act on any advice you're given. These checks are completely free.