Whether you’re planning a long staycation, a weekend away, or an afternoon road trip, the summer months can be a busy time for your car. So, it’s important to make sure that everything is working as it should so that you can keep up with your plans – that’s where we come in.

With a Free Car Check carried out by one of our experts at your local store or garage, you can be certain that your car is in top condition to get you to your destination easily and safely, wherever you’re heading. During this free inspection, we’ll check these five key areas:

  • The health of your battery
  • The condition of your windscreen
  • The condition of your wiper blades
  • Your headlights and brake lights
  • Your MOT due date (UK only)

You can book online or just pop into your local Halfords store and we’ll be happy to help. So, before you set off this summer, here are a few reasons to take advantage of our Free Car Check.

1. Avoid untimely breakdowns

Battery failure is one of the main reasons people get stuck in the summer, thanks to a combination of hot weather speeding up the battery aging process, and an increase in short trips that don’t allow your battery the chance to fully recharge.

So, the summer is the perfect time to get your battery’s health assessed if you don’t want your plans to come grinding to a halt – especially when you’re away.

In our 5-point check, we’ll assess your battery’s key health indicators, such as its charging and ‘cranking’ capabilities, to make sure that everything’s working as it should.

2. Protect your windscreen

Many of us use our cars for longer journeys in the summer months, whether that’s heading off on a staycation or a series of days out. All this extra driving can take a toll on your windscreen, especially if you’re driving across gravel or other surfaces that can throw up debris and chip your windscreen.

During the car check, we’ll assess the condition of your windscreen and check for any chips in the glass that could cause a problem further down the line.

If we do find a chip, there’s no need to panic – our Windscreen Chip Repair Service is here to help. We can do the job for you at one of our stores, or if you prefer, one of our Halfords Mobile Experts can come to you and carry out the repair right on your drive.

3. Prepare for British weather

Let’s face it, it’s not a UK summer without the odd day of rain. With this in mind, you’ll want to make sure that your wiper blades are working well so that you can still see clearly in wet conditions.

We’ll check that your wiper blades are in good condition before you get caught out, and if they do need replacing, we can help you find the right ones.

4. Night-time driving

It may sound nonsensical, but with longer days, you’ll probably find yourself extending your days to make the most of the light – meaning you’ll be driving back home in the dark. Therefore, you should always make sure your headlights are working before setting off on any long-distance summer trips. Plus, you’ll need working brake lights at any time of day!

We’ll check your lights are all working as they should be, and help you find the right bulbs if you do need any replacements.

5. Get MOT ready

While small checks like these are useful, you’ll also need to book in for your yearly service and MOT to make sure that all aspects of your car are working properly, and that it’s road legal. Thankfully, our 5-point car check also comes with an MOT due date reminder.

We’ll email you before your MOT expires reminding you to book your test, so you don’t have to worry about trying to remember the date. To make things even easier, and to save a trip to the garage, we recommend booking your service in at the same time – book in for both here.

The halfords motoring club

Our 5 Point Car Check is free to everyone, but if you fancy a more thorough check for no extra cost, then the halfords motoring club can help. With Free membership, you’re entitled to one free 10 Point Car Check per year, which will cover all the areas in the 5 Point Check, as well as a tyre depth check, tyre inflation check and top up, oil level check, screen wash top up, and an AdBlue and coolant level check.

It’ll also give you access a range of amazing benefits and discounts that will help to keep you moving, keep you safe and keep you saving. It’s free to join and you’ll receive instant benefits worth £35. Or upgrade to our Premium membership for just £49 (or £4.99 per month) to unlock 5% off member pricing on all motoring products and services online and across our stores, garages and Halfords Mobile Experts, as well as benefits worth £100 – including two free 10 Point Car Checks.

With MOT deals, free car health checks, welcome vouchers, and always-on discounts to enjoy, this is too good an opportunity to miss, especially in time for your summer adventures!

Join the halfords motoring club today at www.halfords.com/motoring-club.


With so many adventures to be had this summer, don’t let your car be the reason they don’t happen. Book your Free Car Check today for the ultimate peace of mind.

You want summer motoring, you want Halfords.