Late February to the end of March is always a particularly busy month for garages across the UK.

As one of the two months a year when new registration plates are released, March sees a much higher number of cars being registered – and that leads to a significant spike in demand for garage services at this time of year.

So if your MOT’s due, it’s time for a service or you need some repairs, don’t leave it until the last minute or you risk missing 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, here are our top tips in relation to booking your MOT, service or repairs.

1. Book your MOT early, without losing out

With over 600 garages nationwide, booking an MOT is easy and convenient with Halfords.

But did you know that 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 2023 expiry date
11th March 2022 11th February 2022 11th March 2023
18th March 2022 18th February 2022 18th March 2023
25th March 2022 25th February 2022 25th March 2023

*providing your vehicle passes first time.

2. Choose the right servicing option for you

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 ones:

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.

3. Save by booking your MOT and service together

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.

4. 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.

5. Give our mobile service a try

With garages expected to be so busy over the next several months, you might be wondering where else you could go to get replacement tyres 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 or a replacement car battery, 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.

6. Join the halfords motoring club

Join the halfords motoring club today to access a range of amazing benefits and discounts that will help to keep you moving, keep you safe and keep you saving.

It’s completely free to become a member and you’ll receive instant benefits worth £35 including £10 off your MOT, a £10 welcome voucher to spend on any Halfords product or service, and a free 10-point car check (worth £15).

Or upgrade to Premium membership and enjoy a 5% discount on all motoring products and services throughout the year, as well as exclusive benefits worth over £100! For a one-off payment of just £49 (or £4.99 per month), here’s what you’ll receive:

  • 5% off member pricing (an always-on, unlimited discount on all motoring products and services online and across our stores, garages and Halfords Mobile Expert)
  • 1 x free MOT at your local Halfords garage (worth £54)
  • 1 x £10 welcome voucher
  • 2 x free 10-point car checks (worth £30)
  • 1 x free fitting for a pair of wiper blades or a pair of bulbs or a battery in our stores
  • Unlimited free next day delivery on all online orders
  • Your personal digital garage, an online hub where you can see your vehicle servicing history, tyre condition and maintenance needs
  • Dedicated customer support for motoring club members

Joining the halfords motoring club is quick and easy. Simply visit, choose your membership, enter your details and complete your registration.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today and enjoy a year’s worth of benefits from Halfords to keep you moving, keep you safe and keep you saving!

Don’t miss out on your MOT, service or repairs this February and March! Head over to to find your local garage or Halfords Mobile Expert and make a booking today.