Which car check is right for me?

Many of us aren't using our cars as much as we used to, which means problems can develop without us noticing them. If you're worried about the condition of your vehicle or want the confidence that comes from an expert check, then we're here to help.

At Halfords, we offer a range of car checks and services for all ages and types of vehicle. In this expert advice guide, we explain what's included in each of our services and checks, what they cost and how you can book one.


Why do I need a car check or service

Why do I need a car check or service?

A car check or a service is optional, with a valid MOT certificate all you require to legally drive on the roads. However, regular servicing acts as a form of preventative maintenance, ensuring your car is running mechanically smoothly and our experts recommend that all vehicles are serviced regularly. During a check-up, any problems can be spotted and tackled before they get worse.

How can I book my car check or service?

To book a vehicle check or service, then add your vehicle registration and postcode to our Car Servicing finder and you’ll see a whole range of options to choose from. You can read more about each service and check below

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Road Ready Car Check

Cost: Was £15 - now free to ensure customers are road-ready.

What's included?

During our Road Ready Car Check, one of our technicians will inspect your headlights and brake lights, wiper blades, battery, windscreen, MOT due date, tyre tread depth and condition, tyre pressure, oil level, screenwash level, and AdBlue and coolant levels.

This basic check should take around half an hour to complete, and once done, you can drive away happy.

Road Ready Car Check

Car Safety Inspection

Car Safety Inspection

Cost: £29.99

What's included?

Our 30-point Car Safety Inspection goes much further than our Road Ready Car Check and is only available in our garages. As well as necessary fluid and vehicle safety checks, we go over your vehicle from top to bottom, testing and trying many of the safety and mechanical systems that you rely upon.

During the check, our technicians will check your brakes, steering, suspension, tyres and much more. They'll visibly assess fluid levels and identify any potential issues. The comprehensive vehicle safety check will take around an hour to complete and is second only to an MOT in its attention to detail.

The Car Safety Inspection check is advised for vehicles that have been left standing for long periods. It's also useful if you've recently bought a new car and want to have it independently checked by a professional before driving a long distance or with your family.


Diagnostic Check

Cost: From £49.99

What's included?

If you've noticed any worrying lights on your dashboard, then a diagnostic check will quickly identify the problem - and the solution. At Halfords, our ATA-trained technicians use state-of-the-art car diagnostic test equipment to read fault codes and can identify any necessary repairs.

A quick diagnostic check when a fault is first identified can reduce the likelihood of problems developing that can lead to costly repairs. It's often used to identify rough or misfiring engines, but the general rule is: if there's a warning light, then there's a code.

Diagnostic checks are only required if you experience a problem and aren't necessary at any other time.

Diagnostic Check

Interim Service

Interim Service

Cost: From £99.99
When:  Every 6 months or in-between annual services (if you are exceeding 2,000 miles a month)

What's included?

Our Interim Service is focused on keeping your car on the road for as long as possible. It starts with a 50 point safety check, which identifies any issues which could lead to a costly and inconvenient breakdown.

The oil and filter in our car will be replaced with an OE or equivalent replacement. This will protect your engine and maintain your warranty. All work is guaranteed for up to 12 months (or 12,000 miles).


Full Service

Cost: From £159.99
When: Every year (or 12,000 miles)

What's included?

During a Full Service, a mechanic will carry out a 77-point check of your vehicle, assessing the condition of all crucial parts, systems and components. They will inspect key safety and mechanical systems, ensuring everything is functioning as it should.

As part of a Full Service you'll get an oil change, and new oil and air filters. They will also check and top-up brake fluid, gearbox fluid, AdBlue, coolant and top up the screenwash if needed.

One of the most important parts of a Full Service is the detailed vehicle inspection of your car by an expert. They can spot any mechanical, electrical and safety issues that could cause an MOT fail – and more importantly affect your safety on the roads.

At Halfords, we go further than most main-dealer service packages, getting to the heart of your car to ensure it's safe.

Your car should receive a full-service or major service every year (or 12,000 miles on the road).

Full Service

Major Service

Major Service

Cost:From £209.99
When: Every 2 years (or 24,000 miles)

What's included?

The Major Service is our most comprehensive car service which includes everything you get in a Full Service, with some added extras that manufacturers recommend are replaced every two years. The Major Service includes a Brake Fluid Change (worth £39.99), and a Cabin Filter replacement (worth a minimum of £30).


Free vehicle checks

At Halfords, we also offer a range of free checks for specific components in your car. You can book online to have the check carried out at your choice of Halfords Autocentre.


Free Battery Health Check

Free Battery Health Check

What is it?

During our Free Battery Health Check, our expert technicians will check your battery's key health indicators, such as its charging and 'cranking' capabilities. If we find you need a replacement, we'll advise you of the cost of a new car battery upfront - with no obligation for you to purchase one.

Why should I have it?

Your battery deteriorates even if it has been used for short trips so if you are experiencing problems with your car battery, especially if it has been stationary for some time, or are unsure when your battery was last replaced we recommend you get a battery check.


Free Brake Check

If you're unsure about the state of your brakes, book a Free Brake Check. Our friendly, expert technicians will check all aspects of your braking system, ensuring your stopping power is strong.

Why should I have this check?

If your brakes are squealing, sticking or not operating as you think they should, then you're due a brake check.


Free Tyre Check

Your tyres play a critical job in keeping you safe on the road. If you've experienced poor handling, or are just worried about the condition of your vehicle book one today. Your tyres play a critical role in your safety, so never take them for granted.

Why should I have this check?

Your tyres play a critical job in keeping you safe on the road. If you've experienced poor handling, or are just worried about the condition of your vehicle book one today. Your tyres play a critical role in your safety, so never take them for granted.

Free Tyre Check

Free Repairs Check

If you're experiencing a problem that you can't identify, then our Free Repairs Check can help put your mind at ease. We will inspect the car for any mechanical faults, carry out a road test and recommend any necessary repairs. In some instances it may be recommended that a diagnostic check is required to identify the fault. A Diagnostic check starts from £49.99

Why should I have this check?

If you have worrying noises or problems that you can't identify then this check is for you.


Free Suspension Check

During a Free Suspension Check our ATA-trained technicians are experts in car suspension repair, and they can identify any faults that are causing poor handling or driving conditions.

Why should I have this check?

If your car is riding 'roughly', drifting or pulling during turns, or dips (nose dives) when stopping, then you've got a suspension issue. Other tell-tale signs you need a suspension check include knocking or squeaking noises while handling or jerks or vibrations through the steering wheel.


Free Steering Check

Free Steering Check

Book a Free Steering Check and you can meet our steering experts. They can assess your steering issues, finding the cause of the problem and identifying the solution.

Why should I have this check?

If your car is understeering, oversteering or simply not steering, then this check is for you. Hard or loose steering can make handling a vehicle difficult, which can be dangerous, so we advise you get it checked as soon as possible.

Our experts at Halfords are here to help you stay safe on the road. As you can see there are many options for you to choose from, but if you are still unsure of what you may need, book in for a free Road Ready Car Check and we can help you take it from there.


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