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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 (find your nearest*), and you can ask for a free winter car check.
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 health check
- Headlight and brake light check
- Windscreen wipers & chip check
- MOT due date reminder (UK only)
Important: Please be aware that the free screen wash top up and oil level check are no longer included in the free winter car check.
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.
In the summer months air conditioning can also be checked, but this isn't covered by the winter car check.
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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.
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Official tests from Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)Free
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.
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Halfords 20% off bikes/scooters via trade-in
In stores & online. Get up to £320 off a new bike
Good news if you're in the market for a new bicycle or scooter, or your kids have outgrown theirs. At the moment there's a Halfords' trade-in scheme* where you can get 20% off a new bike or scooter (or helmet) when you trade in an old bicycle or scooter until 11.59pm on Mon 14 Oct.
How to do it
Take your unwanted item of any brand or retailer to a Halfords store (find your nearest*) to get the discount, or use the code TRADEIN20 when purchasing online and complete your trade-in at a store within 14 days.
When buying your new model, you can opt for click & collect, in-store purchase or home delivery. Whichever method you choose, you'll still need to bring your old scooter or bike into a Halfords store to trade in. With click & collect, customers can pick up from a Cycle Republic store rather than Halfords if that’s easier.
What bikes/scooters can I use the discount on?
The 20% can be used on anything in the range except electric bikes, electric scooters and Bromptons. The most expensive non-electric bike stocked is £1,600, which means you could make a saving of £320. On the lower end of the scale, the kids' Apollo Honeybee bicycle with stabilisers can be had for £52 (norm £65).
What can I trade in? And does it have to be in good condition?
You don't have to trade like for like - you're welcome to bring in an old scooter and get 20% off a new bike. However, your trade-in vehicle must be in reasonable condition. Bent or cracked frames or missing wheels are a no-no, and there can't be more than 25% rust. You can only get the discount on a single bike/scooter, but if you’ve more than one item to trade in you can do this in multiple transactions and get the discount each time.
It's worth noting Halfords offers a free bike check year round, so you can keep your set of wheels in good nick.
The bike/scooter you're trading in must belong to you or you must have formal permission from the owner.
Halfords will forfeit the discount if the trade-in is not completed within 14 days of the purchase.
Can’t be used with any other offer, including Colleague Discount and British Cycling.
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 (find your nearest*), and you can ask for a free six-point summer car check. It's available until September, at which point Halfords' winter car checks become available.
Halfords values it at about £15 and it's available in 700+ locations nationwide.
What's covered by the Halfords car check?
- 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. You can make an advance booking at Halfords stores* or Halfords Autocentre if you'd prefer, however. 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.
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