When it comes to vehicle servicing, many motorists believe they have no choice but to go to a dealership. However, under UK law, the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Order (MVBEO)* means motorists have a legal right to choose where they have their cars serviced, whether that’s at a dealership or a local garage, which is often much more cost-effective.

For drivers whose vehicles are out of warranty, our own research indicates that one in five believe they are obliged to use a dealer. So, if your car is due a service and out of warranty, keep reading to see how a Halfords’ service can save you money.

Why get my car serviced at Halfords?

At Halfords, we have a range of servicing options for all vehicle makes and models at affordable prices to help support our customers through the cost-of-living crisis. We offer interim, full, and major service options, including electric vehicles.

In our ‘Dealer or No Dealer’ campaign, we’re appealing to the 6.8 million** drivers whose vehicles are out of warranty but who still use dealerships for servicing. According to our own research, these motorists could save almost £400 million*** if they stopped using dealerships for servicing once their warranty has expired.

The table below highlights major, full, and interim service costs, representing the average cost at the dealers surveyed versus Halfords’ average:

Service type  Dealer  Model  Average Dealer Price   Average Halfords Price 
Major Service Ford Focus £486.76 £278.52
Major Service BMW 1 series £458.04 £283.08
Major Service Vauxhall Corsa £385.00 £278.54
Major Service BMW 330e (hybrid) £552.90 £353.06
Full Service Audi A4 £380.13 £227.70
Full Service Toyota Auris £370.00 £228.25
Full Service BMW Mini Hatch £361.41 £233.41

As you can see, the average cost of a Halfords’ service is considerably less than the average cost at a dealership. So, next time your car needs a service, by choosing Halfords, you’ll still receive high-quality but at a much more affordable price.

We only use quality parts from approved suppliers that are equivalent to the original manufacturer’s specification all work is covered by our extended two-year guarantee.

All Halfords’ technicians are highly trained and pride themselves on conducting quality repairs and servicing on any make and model, from Fords to Ferraris.

Book your next vehicle service at Halfords and see how much you could save.

* On 1 June 2023 the UK Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Order (MVBEO) entered into force. This replaces the EU Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation (MVBER), which had continued to apply in the UK post-Brexit. The law explicitly prevents manufacturers and dealerships denying consumers choice about where to get their vehicles serviced and repaired.
** No. of cars in UK parc: 35,148,045 (SMMT 2022). Proportion not under warranty: 75% (GIPA UK driver survey 2022). Hence: 26.3 million cars not under warranty. 26% of drivers whose vehicles are not under warranty say they always or usually use a dealership for servicing (Opinium: November 2023). Hence 6.83m cars not under warranty serviced at dealerships.
*** Average saving across Interim, Full and Major services (Halfords versus basket of dealerships) is £57.94. 6.83 million motorists whose vehicle is not under warranty say they usually or always use a dealer for servicing.6.83m x £57.94 is £394 million.