When booking your car in for an MOT, service or repair, it can be tempting to leave it to the last minute. After all, what’s the point in booking it in earlier than necessary, right?

Well, there’s going to be a 22% increase in people looking to book their MOTs in September and October according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). It’s a knock-on effect from the six-month MOT extension that ran last year and means that an extra 1.3 million drivers will be trying to book the same slots as you over the next couple of months.

Leave it too late and you may not get your MOT, service or repairs completed in time, leaving you with a car you can’t legally drive. So don’t miss out – book an appointment today to ensure you get a convenient slot and that your car will be there when you need it.

To help you prepare, we’ve pulled together everything you need to know about booking your MOT, service or repairs.

How early can you MOT your car?

You can book your MOT up to a month (minus a day) before your current certificate is due to expire. That expiry date will still remain the same, so your new MOT certificate will effectively be valid for 13 months!*


MOT due

Book your MOT early

2022 expiry date

5th October 2021

6th September 2021 5th October 2022
5th November 2021 6th October 2021

5th November 2022

5th December 2021 6th November 2021

5th December 2022


*providing your vehicle passes first time.

What MOT and servicing options are there?

With over 350 Autocentres nationwide, booking an MOT or service is easy and convenient with Halfords. We also offer a range of servicing options to meet your needs, including for hybrid cars.


MOT appointments can be easily booked online at a time and on a date that suits you. Our expert technicians will ensure that the MOT is carried out professionally and will also be able to undertake most repairs on site on the same day.


Regular services keep your car running at its best and reduce the risk of it breaking down when you most need it. We offer a range of servicing options to meet your needs, including for hybrid cars. Here are the three main options:

Name Recommended interval What it involves
Interim service Every 6 months or if you exceed 2,000 miles per month A 50-point inspection that’s designed for high mileage car users in between annual services.
Full Service Every 12 months or every 12,000 miles A 77-point inspection and among the most comprehensive annual services available. It exceeds recommendations made by most manufacturers in terms of checks, refills and replacements to help ensure trouble-free motoring.
Major Service Every 24 months or every 24,000 miles


A 77-point inspection, as well as the replacement of all the parts that manufacturers recommend you replace every two years, such as brake fluid (worth £39.99) and interior pollen filter (worth at least £30.00).


If you’re not sure what service to go for, then our article on the topic should help you decide.

MOT and service

Booking an MOT and service together won’t just save you time, it’ll also save you money – up to £39.85! And you won’t have to try and make two different appointments on two different days at two different times (or try to remember when they’re all taking place).

We offer three MOT and service combi packages and you can find the full details at the links below:

As with our individual MOT and service, appointments can be booked online at a time and location that’s convenient.

How can you prepare for your MOT?

While the requirements for an MOT can be quite strict, nearly half of all MOT failures could be avoided through simple maintenance. So there are some simple steps you can take to make sure you’re prepared.

First off, have a look at our handy article and watch the video below for advice on the areas of your car that’ll be checked during an MOT.

Once you’ve familiarised yourself with the test, why not book our Free 5-Point Car Check? In this, one of our trained technicians will check your vehicle’s brake and headlights, wiper blades, battery, and windscreen – all parts that are checked during an MOT.

Or, if you’re worried specifically about your tyres, book our Free Tyre Check for that added peace of mind. We also offer a Free Brake Check, Free Steering Check and a Free Exhaust Check, which are all areas that your MOT will cover.

Check out a recent blog Summer of servicing: Halfords free checks in the stoplight for more info on each free check.

Can’t get to a garage for a tyre or battery replacement? We’ll come to you!

With garages expected to be so busy over the next several months, you might be wondering where else you could go to get replacement parts, repairs or have products fitted.

Well, the good news is that our Halfords Mobile Experts service is here to help. Our mobile technicians can carry out many of the same repair and replacement services as our autocentres and best of all, they’ll come to you at home or at work!

So if you need new tyres, a replacement car battery, a windscreen chip repaired or windscreen wipers fitted, then check out Halfords Mobile Experts. You can find a full list of our mobile services online, and appointments can be booked at a time and on a date that suits you.

Don’t miss out on your MOT, service or repairs this autumn and winter!

Head over to Halfords.com to find your local autocentre and to book your MOT, service or repair today.

You want the best motoring services, you want Halfords!