Everyone loves free stuff and here at Halfords, we’ve got a range of free car checks that are just waiting to be booked. So set yourself up perfectly for road trips this summer by taking advantage of these services and ensuring that your air con, batteries, tyres and more are in top condition.

All of our free checks can be booked online, on a date and at a time that suits you. Here’s a breakdown of exactly what each service involves and where you can make that all-important booking.

Free 5-Point Car Check

Available at: Halfords retail stores and Halfords Autocentres

Our flagship free check is the Free 5-Point Car Check. As the name suggests, this check covers five key areas of your car and is available at any of our Halfords retail stores or Halfords Autocentres across the UK.

One of our experienced technicians will check your headlights and brake lights, the condition of your wiper blades, your battery’s health, the condition of your windscreen and your MOT due date. If their checks reveal that any further work is required, they’ll be able to advise you about the next steps.

Free Air Con Check

Available at: Halfords retail stores and Halfords Autocentres

One for the summer, our Free Air Con Check will help you to avoid any unexpected air con fails in the hot weather. Our technician will check the pressure, check the gas quantity, make sure there are no leaks in the system and check your refrigerant levels to see if they need to be topped up.

If the free check reveals that further work is required, such as a refrigerant top up or repairs, the technician will be able to advise you on next steps. This is likely to include booking in for a full Air Con Diagnostic at one of our Halfords Autocentres.

Free Battery Health Check

Available at: Halfords retail stores, Halfords Autocentres and Halfords Mobile Experts

The Free Battery Health Check is a great choice if you suspect there might be something wrong with your battery or you’re just looking for some peace of mind. It’s also one of our most accessible free services as it’s available not only at all Halfords retail stores and Halfords Autocentres, but also via Halfords Mobile Experts (where we come to you at home or at work).

The service involves our technicians checking your battery’s key health indicators, such as its charging and cranking capabilities. In the event that you need a new battery, they’ll advise you of the associated costs upfront – with no obligation to buy.

Free Brake Check

Available at: Halfords Autocentres

To get a qualified opinion on the condition of your brakes, book in for a Free Brake Check. One of our technicians will check all aspects of your braking system to identify any issues and provide a no-obligation quote for any work that’s required.

You may also be eligible for our Brakes4Life offer, which is exclusive to Halfords Autocentres, so why not ask while you’re there? Brakes4Life means that you only pay for one set of brake pads or shoes and then the rest are free forever (even if you change your vehicle!).

Free Exhaust & Catalytic Convertor Check

Available at: Halfords Autocentres

If you’re plagued by a strange rattling noise or you’ve failed an emissions test, then you need our Free Exhaust System & Catalytic Convertor Check. We’ll carry out a fast and thorough exhaust test to make sure that everything’s working properly and to identify any issues.

In the event that work is needed, our technicians will be able to provide you with a free, no-obligation quote upfront and it’s completely up to you what action you decide to take.

Free Repairs Check

Available at: Halfords Autocentres

We’d recommend our Free Repairs Check if you’ve got a worrying noise in your car or a problem that you’re struggling to identify. Our team will inspect your car for any mechanical faults, carry out a road test and then recommend any necessary repairs.

Please note that if there’s a fault with your engine or the engine management or other warning lights show on your dashboard, then a Diagnostic Check may be required before we can advise on any repairs.

Free Steering Check

Available at: Halfords Autocentres

Steering problems can make driving a challenge. Book in for a Free Steering Check and one of our expert technicians will do everything they can to identify the root of the issue and get your car back on the straight and narrow.

They’ll also be able to advise on any work that may be required and provide a no-obligation quote, completely free of charge.

Free Suspension Check

Available at: Halfords Autocentres

Our Free Suspension Check will help to make your drive as smooth as possible. If you think you may have a problem with your suspension, simply book an appointment and one of our ATA-trained technicians will be happy to help.

They’ll check over your suspension system, make a note of any issues and then provide a no-obligation quote for any repairs that you require.

Other essential services

We offer a whole host of other services at our Halfords retail stores, at our Halfords Autocentres and via our Halfords Mobile Experts. Here are a couple we think will come in particularly handy during the summer staycation period.

Dash cam fitting

Available at: Halfords retail stores and Halfords Mobile Experts

Dash cams are a worthy addition to any road trip and our dash cam fitting service will take the hassle of installation off your hands.

Getting a dash cam professionally fitted means that it’s always on when your car engine is (so you’ll never miss anything important), gives you a much neater finish without any trailing wires, keeps your 12V socket free to power other devices and allows you to make full use of features like Parking Mode.

Check out our article on the Halfords dash cam fitting service for more info about how the process work.

Tow bar fitting

Available at: Halfords Mobile Experts

Tow bar fitting is a unique service offered by our Halfords Mobile Experts, who’ll come to you at home or at work at a time that’s convenient for you.

The tow bars we fit are high-quality and we’ll also take care of the wiring and programming (where required) to your vehicle’s on-board computer during the fitting appointment. So, if you’ve just bought a new car or a new caravan and want the two to work perfectly together, make a booking today!

Please note that this service is currently only available in certain areas.


These are just a handful of the motoring services and fitting services that we offer, and you can find the full list on Halfords.com.

If you want motoring services this summer, you want Halfords.