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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
  • You can request a free annual email or text reminder before your MOT's due - simply visit the government's site and sign up for reminders. You'll need to give an email or phone number and the reg of a vehicle registered in England, Wales or Scotland (in Northern Ireland you get a postal reminder seven weeks before your MOT's due).

    You'll need to activate the reminder via a link you'll be emailed after signing up. You'll get reminders a month before your MOT's due, and two weeks later if you've still not done it.

    With fines of up to £1,000 for not having a valid MOT, forgetting could prove costly, so this free reminder should be a no-brainer for anyone who has a tendency to forget things.

    You can unsubscribe from the reminders at any time from the confirmation or reminder email, but they won't automatically stop if you sell the vehicle or declare it off-road.

    Want to drive down MOT costs? See our guide on Cheap Council MOTs and for other tips to cut the cost of owning a set of wheels, see our of 50+ Motoring MoneySavers checklist.

  • If you're learning to drive, or an experienced driver and want to test your knowledge, you can take a free mock driving theory test online via the DVSA.

    There are four separate tests for car drivers and motorcyclists (50 questions each), as well as for lorry drivers and bus/coach drivers (100 questions each). You can take any of the practice tests as many times as you like, but each one can take up to an hour to complete.

    Do remember, these mock tests are only for practice or fun - you still need to take the real one - but the're definitely worth a look, and may save you money. There are many paid-for apps offering similar ways to practise, but not all of them are official like this one.

    Want more MoneySaving motoring tips? See our guides on 50+ Ways To Cut Driving Costs, Cheap Car Insurance, Cheap Breakdown Cover, and Cheap Petrol & Diesel.

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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.