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  • Halfords free MOT with ANY spend, eg, £1 sponge or bucket

    Halfords free MOT with ANY spend, eg, £1 sponge or bucket

    Make purchase by 19 April. Book by 21 May for MOT up to Nov 2021


    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!"

  • Halfords FREE 10-point car check

    Halfords FREE 10-point car check

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


    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.