Halfords Auto Centres

Fake Sheikh

War Hero
Has anyone used a Halfords Auto Centre for full service & MoT?
The Hybrid service looks good & well priced and on par with Toyota?
But at a more reasonable price.
 

Toppet

War Hero
Has anyone used a Halfords Auto Centre for full service & MoT?
I have a couple of times for older cars. No issues with them (you can often get discounts/ cashback with halfords as well - just google).

I'd ask to see any old parts, however (and if you're really suspicious, discretely mark the filters etc beforehand).

Always preferable to support a local small business, though.
 

DAS

Old-Salt
If you're going to the bother of marking filters etc just carry on and change them yourself?

From listening to my Father before he went full blown altzimers he didn't have a good thing to say. Classed them in a similar category to the tyre crowds doing "servicing"
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
My local Halfords is a gem. The manager, Barry, is old school, we always have a rapport. If they find any work, they'll send you a video showing exactly what they've found. But unlike main dealers, they don't force you into doing the work and paying £1,000.

I avoid my VW main dealer like the plague. (I recently bought something else because my VW main dealer is a robbing barsteward.)

New car doesn't need an MOT for a couple of years, but it'll be serviced by Halfords at a fair price.
 

Ritch

LE
Has anyone used a Halfords Auto Centre for full service & MoT?
The Hybrid service looks good & well priced and on par with Toyota?
But at a more reasonable price.
Took mine in for a full service on Friday. £179.99. whilst there, they tried flogging an oil flush and petrol cleaner for £30 extra and I declined. When I went to pick it up, they said they'd put the stuff in and tried making out I'd agreed to it. After about ten minutes, the manager relented. Spotted that the brake discs were worn and were trying to book me in for having them and the brake pads replaced... For £295.

I have found a local garage doing it for £155. I don't think I'll be going back to Halfords.
 
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Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
if the Toyota is a hybrid model and fairly recent, then stick to a main dealer and pay the extra

my Hyundai was serviced by a small local garage but they cocked it up big time, usued a specialist repairer for part of it who are incompetent
much distress, resulting in a very new car being sent for salvage
got a key cut today for my Focus, paid the main dealer to do it, they also gave the car a wash and a multipoint check free of charge
as I have only just purchased it I know it will be ok now
although I wont use the main dealer for service as this one is 7 years old and high mileage, but I found a very good family run garage the other side of town and I have seen their standard of work
seem of the Halford lot are on par with quickfart
 

Troy

LE
Halfrauds? Never again!

Phoned for a price for servicing which was a bit cheaper on the face of it so booked the car in and booked time off work.
On the day they looked up some specifics to the car and the price went up. I had no choice but to carry on as I had already taken the time from work.
It would have been cheaper to go to the main dealer and also get the loan car.
I haven't spent a single penny with them since. Although I've gone there with a buddy to get some prices, and they made more effort to sell me extended warranties than the goods.
 
Honest small firms are the way to go, I've nearly been stuffed a few times, a lot of the big firms are cheap, till they find a lot of "faults"

Ask for recommends....... try Facebook.... I never realised how many sub- forums there are, there's a local one for me, only covers my immediate area.

You can check out all the local posts....... soon weed out the twats.
 
A basic service , ie oil and all filters is DIY even on modern cars , brakes discs and pads are also very easy to do , ball joints and front shocks can be a little more difficult but crack on you`ll save hundreds if not thousands .
 
Have taken my cheap car to kwik fit for a basic oil change and could not complain. It's not listed very well as they try to push the service and major service but there is a option for a basic inspection and oil change for £50 ish. Got that done and they said nothing else was wrong apart from a number plate bulb. No hard sell etc . Basically got it done because I could not be arsed to jack the thing up and change the oil myself on a cold day for the sake of £20 more that the oil and filter woul cost me .

Got a genuine Renault air and pollen filter for £20 and took all of 2 minutes to fit them myself.
They do more indepth services which cost a lot more , with more inspection but that's only what you are paying for really- they change the air filter but none of them change the fuel filter so I will do that myself when its spring.
 
Another tip is to try a local mobile mechanic. I found one who is great and doesnt charge much as he has little overheads.
Cambelt change with water pump? £250 All in over £650 plus vat that 3 local garages quoted.
 

Ritch

LE
A basic service , ie oil and all filters is DIY even on modern cars , brakes discs and pads are also very easy to do , ball joints and front shocks can be a little more difficult but crack on you`ll save hundreds if not thousands .
I'd give it a go but A] I'm not that clever and B] I'm a cripple. ;)
 
Halfrauds own brand parts are made down to a low spec and low price for them ( not for you )

I know someone that used to work for Coopers filters and they made all Halfords own brand with the minimum amount of filter element inside, his advice was not to use them.

Their batteries are the same, rebranded cheap Chinese mystery batteries sold for premium price.
 
Halfrauds own brand parts are made down to a low spec and low price for them ( not for you )

I know someone that used to work for Coopers filters and they made all Halfords own brand with the minimum amount of filter element inside, his advice was not to use them.

Their batteries are the same, rebranded cheap Chinese mystery batteries sold for premium price.
Quite often filters from a main agent are not too expensive , otherwise go for Blueprint, Mann , Valeo etc.
 
You can often find original manufacturers parts on ebay. I can get renault filters , oil , coolant all for the same or less than halfords. Same with ford and GM stuff as well.
 

Toppet

War Hero
You can often find original manufacturers parts on ebay. I can get renault filters , oil , coolant all for the same or less than halfords. Same with ford and GM stuff as well.
Eurocarparts always seems to have a 50% off code if you sign up for their email list.
 

OneTenner

Old-Salt
... they tried flogging an oil flush and petrol cleaner for £30 extra and I declined. ...
Whatever you do, don't use oil or fuel additives in modern (2009 onwards) vehicles - even 'oil flush' can cause long-term damage to an engine, fuel additives can cause damage to high pressure fuel pumps & injectors. If your engine has a 'wet' timing belt, the oil additive has been known to cause premature failure in a very short space of time.
You also need to be aware that 'fast fit' types of operations have upsell targets and bonus for the staff is based on identifying and selling extras - brakes, tyres, wiper blades etc. Also beware of the 'free brakes for life', they are the cheapest, nastiest brake pads, designed to wear your brake discs down as quick as possible - and of course, the 'free' component is the pads, not the discs. If you have a hybrid vehicle, I would make sure your local independent (if you choose to not use a dealer) has the necassary training and equipment together with access to the correct service procedures (for example, vehicles with dual coolant systems, using the correct aircon oils {to prevent explosion} etc.), at best, it could result in refusal of warranty repairs, at worst, could damage your vehicle or yourself.
 
Yo
Eurocarparts always seems to have a 50% off code if you sign up for their email list.
You can be pretty sure parts are the brand they claim to be with europarts and the likes , unlike fleabay.
 

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