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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. Book online at Halfords* to get a free winter car check at most Halfords stores or Autocentres (find your nearest*, excludes locations with parking restrictions).

This is 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
  • Wiper blades check 
  • Windscreen chip check
  • MOT due date reminder

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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 about five minutes. Be warned... it 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.

The majority of the checks are outside of the car or under the bonnet, but for Covid-19 safety, you'll be asked to switch on the lights yourself.

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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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.

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