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Free Halfords MOT

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Postby cinelli » September 17th, 2018, 1:26 pm

This tip comes from Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert.

Buy anything from Halfords and you get a voucher entitling you to a free MOT test at Halfords auto centres. Any purchase will do - he suggests an air freshener, price £1. The offer runs until approx 13 Oct and the voucher lasts until October 2019.

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby didds » September 17th, 2018, 1:35 pm

is it an MOT that will always find a fault if you get my drift? that halfords can of course repair and re-test(re-test for free obvs... ;-) ).

Maybe Halfords dont; do repairs of course in which case - excellent deal!

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby BrummieDave » September 17th, 2018, 7:02 pm

We have three cars in the family and use Halfords to MOT each of them. Having received the offer by email from them last week, the three car owners have each bought a bulb (bulbs are free delivery) which have been delivered (all by same van) and we now await the codes enabling the free MOT to be booked. Based on the options of how to receive the necessary code, this seemed the fastest way. I'll update here once the codes have been received, and MOTs booked.

Having used Halfords for several years for MOTs, I don't hold with the "They will always find something that needs doing" argument, as it hasn't been the case for us.

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby didds » September 18th, 2018, 8:16 am

BrummieDave wrote:
Having used Halfords for several years for MOTs, I don't hold with the "They will always find something that needs doing" argument, as it hasn't been the case for us.



tx BD :-)


If only our nearest Halfords Autocentre wasnt 13 miles away! LOL.

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby didds » September 18th, 2018, 8:18 am

leaving aside the free MOTs... DAK if a Halfords MOT "fails" can they "do the work" with a free re-test (or guaranteed pass anyway), or is it a case of take it away, fix it, and return for another (presumably paid) re-test?

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby swill453 » September 18th, 2018, 8:24 am

If you take it away for repair and return within 10 working days you pay a fee for a partial retest. Don't know what this is. For certain defects you can get a free partial retest if you return it the next working day.

See https://www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot/retests

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby Watis » September 18th, 2018, 8:47 am

didds wrote:
BrummieDave wrote:
Having used Halfords for several years for MOTs, I don't hold with the "They will always find something that needs doing" argument, as it hasn't been the case for us.



tx BD :-)


If only our nearest Halfords Autocentre wasnt 13 miles away! LOL.

didds


I don't think there's a limit to the distance you can travel to get an MOT test, didds!

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby didds » September 18th, 2018, 8:53 am

Watis wrote:[

I don't think there's a limit to the distance you can travel to get an MOT test, didds!

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LOL. No indeed. Its just a tad impractical I meant :-)

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby BrummieDave » September 18th, 2018, 10:03 am

Well, interestingly, our Halfords Autocentre is 8 miles away and all three cars have their MOT in October. I book them in at one week intervals, then drop the car off, walk home, then walk back to collect once it's passed, which is usually the day after, or the one after that. I then repeat for each car.

So I get the cars tested and a good workout for my legs all thrown in! :lol:

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby didds » September 18th, 2018, 10:59 am

BrummieDave wrote:Well, interestingly, our Halfords Autocentre is 8 miles away ... drop the car off, walk home, then walk back to collect once it's passed,


If and when my running gets back on track i could use Halfords for half and particularly dull marathon training!

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby vrdiver » September 18th, 2018, 11:13 am

BrummieDave wrote:Well, interestingly, our Halfords Autocentre is 8 miles away and all three cars have their MOT in October. I book them in at one week intervals, then drop the car off, walk home, then walk back to collect once it's passed, which is usually the day after, or the one after that. I then repeat for each car.

So I get the cars tested and a good workout for my legs all thrown in! :lol:

Crikey! My garage of choice is only 2.5 miles away and I chuck my bicycle in the car rather than walk home and then back to collect.

On the topic of "Halfords - good or bad?" I think they are like any garage: if it's good, stick with it, if not, move on and try to find one that is. If the free MOT offer is convenient to use, great. If they report back a list of work that seems suspicious I guess you can always take the car to another garage for a second opinion?

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby youfoolishboy » September 19th, 2018, 4:43 pm

Previous experiecne of free MOT offers, not Halfords, is that you will need a lot of new bulbs which they will call you about and ask you if they should just go ahead and do it and charge you the fitting fee. There may also be problems with brakes, exhausts and tyres usually advisory rather than compulsory.

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby Watis » September 19th, 2018, 4:53 pm

didds wrote:
Watis wrote:[

I don't think there's a limit to the distance you can travel to get an MOT test, didds!

Watis




LOL. No indeed. Its just a tad impractical I meant :-)

didds


Now I think about it again, I have my car MOT'd at the same time it is serviced at the garage that supplied it - and this garage is 14 miles away!

They collect the car from my home in the morning and return it, serviced and MOT'd, at the end of the day.

While I appreciate that I am paing for this - the cost is hidden in the price of the service - I wouldn't get a refund if I took it to the garage myself.

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby BrummieDave » September 21st, 2018, 6:21 pm

A quick update before I go off line for a few days; I've now bought three items for £3 each, received three codes for free MOTs using three email addresses for the three car owners in the family, and booked three free MOTs.

So far so good.

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby Gaggsy » October 3rd, 2018, 5:44 pm

I bought a sponge for 50p.
Waited over a week for my code to come through and had to book an MOT separately because it hadn't arrived. I later found out it was in my spam box and had been sent within 2 days.
Ah well, it's valid until October 2019 so I can use it next year.
Also, at Kwikfit the MOT was only £27 for a next day booking so not too bad. Far better than the £55 that Mercedes wanted!

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby BrummieDave » March 11th, 2019, 7:49 pm

So it's final update time folks!

Back in September I'd bought three bulbs for £9 in total and received three 'Free MOT Codes' to enable me to go online and book the three MOTs our family cars would require in October.

Two cars were duly MOTed in October and the third one booked in. I then sold that car, and replaced it with a car that would not require its MOT until March this year. As I'd received and used the third code, but cancelled the MOT when I sold the car, I thought I'd lost out. But on phoning Halford's call centre a fortnight ago and explaining the situation, they saw that the third MOT had indeed been cancelled and were therefore happy to send a new code for the third free MOT.

That car passed today with no remedial work required, this following our two other cars passing in October with the only remedial work being one tyre.

So I've paid £9, plus the price of a tyre (which was needed anyway) for three MOTs.

First class service from Halfords throughout! :)

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby stewamax » March 12th, 2019, 10:42 am

Some years ago I switched from using a local garage to an MOT-only establishment. Because MOT work takes a predictable time, they take bookings at 45-minute intervals and keep to schedule. Drop off, do shopping, collect car. Anything needing fixing must be done elsewhere - and it's my own stupid fault if a bulb has expired unnoticed.
Best of all: no 'make work' ("That brake pipe looks a bit dodgy; we'll do it this afternoon...")

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby Watis » March 12th, 2019, 10:48 am

stewamax wrote:Some years ago I switched from using a local garage to an MOT-only establishment. Because MOT work takes a predictable time, they take bookings at 45-minute intervals and keep to schedule. Drop off, do shopping, collect car. Anything needing fixing must be done elsewhere - and it's my own stupid fault if a bulb has expired unnoticed.
Best of all: no 'make work' ("That brake pipe looks a bit dodgy; we'll do it this afternoon...")



I once had an advisory for a corroded brake pipe.

Inevitably, one forgets to do anything about it, as 'out of sight is out of mind'.

So, all to soon, the next year's MOT rolls around and I'm on tenterhooks as I'm expecting this to fail the car, as I had taken it to the same place.

But no - the car passes the MOT and the brake pipe is no longer even an advisory!

This was back in the 1980's. I've no doubt that these days, with it all being computerised, the MOT tester can see last year's advisories.

MonsterMork may be able to confirm this?

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby PinkDalek » March 12th, 2019, 11:01 am

Watis wrote:I've no doubt that these days, with it all being computerised, the MOT tester can see last year's advisories.


I can see ours:

https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/

Whether or not the tester bothers to look is another matter.

Note also:

The MOT test changed on 20 May 2018

Defects are now categorised according to their severity – dangerous, major, and minor.


More here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mot- ... 0-may-2018

Anecdotally, one of our vehicles has this from March 2017:

Advisory notice item(s)

Nearside Front Tyre worn close to the legal limit (4.1.E.1)
Offside Rear Tyre worn close to the legal limit (4.1.E.1)


Due to low mileage we didn't change those tyres (although we continue to monitor). Neither the 2018 nor the 2019 MOT reflected any advisories whatsoever.

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Re: Free Halfords MOT

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Postby scotia » March 12th, 2019, 11:05 am

Watis wrote:I once had an advisory for a corroded brake pipe.
Inevitably, one forgets to do anything about it, as 'out of sight is out of mind'.
So, all to soon, the next year's MOT rolls around and I'm on tenterhooks as I'm expecting this to fail the car, as I had taken it to the same place.But no - the car passes the MOT and the brake pipe is no longer even an advisory!

The same happened to me about 4 years ago. I did ask - but the garage said that it looked OK. I presumed that they came to the conclusion that it was no worse than the previous year - so was clearly not a problem. I should add that before the next MOT the car was traded in for a magnificent £250.


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