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Privacy Statement

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Find out more about our privacy policy.

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1. Introduction

Halfords Autocentres ("Halfords") is one of the UK's leading MOT, servicing, brake, repair and tyre specialists, providing customers with an unrivalled value and service offer from a trusted brand.

As an essential part of our business, we collect and manage customer data. In doing so, we observe UK data protection legislation, and are committed to protecting and respecting customers’ privacy and rights. Specifically, we act as “Data Controller” in respect of the information gathered and processed by this website.

In order that you are reliably informed about how we operate, we have developed this Privacy Statement. Together with any additional Privacy Notices which you may see as you navigate around this website, this Privacy Statement describes the ways in which we collect, manage, process, store and share information about you as a result of you visiting this site. This Privacy Statement also provides you with information about how you can have control over our use of your data.

If you have any comments or queries regarding our use of your data, please contact our Data Protection Officer by email at dataprotectionofficer@halfords.co.ukor by post at Data Protection Officer, Halfords, Icknield Street Drive, Washford West, Redditch B98 0DE.

  • 2. What information do we collect about you?
    • In general terms, we seek to collect information about you so that we can:

    • fulfil orders or provide services that you may request via this website;
    • provide high levels of customer care and support;
    • communicate with you effectively, whether this is about your order, or so that you don't miss out on great promotions, offers and helpful reminders.

    The information that we need for these purposes is known as your "personal data". This includes your name, home address and e-mail address. We collect this in a number of different ways. For example, you may provide this data to us directly when filling in forms on this website, or when corresponding with us by telephone, e-mail or letter. If you are placing an order with us or booking a service, we may also take your credit card details: however, we do not save this data on any of our systems.

    Please be advised that by using this website, we will not be collecting any special categories of data about you (i.e. data about your ethnicity, religion, health etc).

    Please also be advised that when you visit this website, cookies will be used to collect information about you such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address which connects your computer or mobile device to the internet, and information about your visit such as the pages you viewed or searched for, page response times, download errors etc. We do this so that we can measure our website?s performance and make improvements in the future. Cookies are also used to enhance this website?s functionality and personalisation, which includes sharing data with third party organisations. You can control this by adjusting your cookies settings as described in section 4 of our Cookies Policy here.

  • 3. How will we use that information?
  • We use the data collected from you for the specific purposes listed in the table below. Please note that this table also explains:

    • the lawful basis for processing your data, linked to each processing purpose;

    • in what circumstances your data will be shared with a third party organisation; and

    • for how long we keep data collected by this website.

    Data that is collected by cookies is not included in the table below, but is explained in section 3 of our Cookies Policy here.

    Purpose for processing data

    Lawful basis for processing data

    Third party organisations with whom data is shared

    Data retention period

    Data processing related to a purchase

    To fulfil purchases and orders which you may make via this website: this includes the processing of your order, the booking of Autocentre services etc

    To meet the requirements of contract law

    Customer details will be available to Salmon who administers this website on our behalf, and Planning-Inc who manages our customer database. Order information is also saved within our SAP sales system


    In order to fulfil a purchase or order, it may also be necessary to share relevant data with third parties such as suppliers and manufacturers. We use many different providers, and therefore it is not possible to list them all here


    Data is also shared with HaynesPro as part of the vehicle registration look-up process

    6 years from the end of a customer's final transaction or the end of the corresponding warranty period

    To fulfil services and/or complete sales orders within an Autocentre

    To meet the requirements of contract law

    Customer details will be captured by AS400/Lexx who supports our till system, and Planning-Inc who manages our customer database. Order information is also saved within our SAP sales system

    In order to fulfil a purchase or order, it may also be necessary to share relevant data with third parties such as suppliers and manufacturers. We use many different providers, and therefore it is not possible to list them all here

    Data regarding MOTs is legally required to be shared with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

    6 years from the end of a customer's final transaction or the end of the corresponding warranty period

    To process customer requests for finance (please note that this includes processing for the purposes of fraud prevention)

    Customers will be asked to provide informed consent before their data is processed for the purposes of applying for credit

    Finance will be arranged on request through Payment Assist

    6 years following expiry of the finance agreement

    To process credit / debit card payments

    To meet the requirements of contract law

    Halfords uses Mastercard, Visa, American Express and all other major credit / debit card companies and payment systems. In processing credit / debit card information, customer details will also be automatically shared with DataCash for fraud prevention purposes

    Halfords does not retain credit / debit card information: however, anonymised token data is kept for 6 years from the end of a customer’s final transaction or end of the corresponding warranty period

    To communicate with you via email, SMS text or telephone in order to update you as necessary about your specific order or service, for example to remind you about a pre-arranged booking for an MOT or Service

    To meet the requirements of contract law

    Sales activities will be recorded on Salesforce, our Customer Relationship Management System, which is supported by Brightgen, a Salesforce Platinum Partner. Additionally, we will use Cheetah Digital to send emails and texts

    6 years from the end of the final transaction or end of the corresponding warranty period

    After-sales data processing

    To provide customer services support by telephone, email or letter: this includes the recording of telephone conversations for monitoring and quality purposes

    This is deemed legitimate as it is in customers’ interest that we can access their data in order to resolve any queries, questions, concerns or complaints

    Customer services information will be recorded on Salesforce, our Customer Relationship Management System, which is supported by Brightgen, a Salesforce Platinum Partner. Data will also be shared with Claranet who provides IT support infrastructure. Additionally, the information will be shared with Planning-Inc who manages our customer database

    6 years from the end of the final transaction or end of the corresponding warranty period

    To enable you to LiveChat with customer services teams: this includes the recording of LiveChat conversations for monitoring and quality purposes

    This is deemed legitimate as it is in customers' interest to resolve any queries, questions, concerns or complaints that they may have

    LiveChat is a function of Salesforce, our Customer Relationship Management System, which is supported by Brightgen, a Salesforce Platinum Partner

    6 years from the end of the final transaction or end of the corresponding warranty period

    To communicate with you via email, SMS text or telephone in respect of a product recall or other safety information about a purchase which you have made from us

    This is deemed legitimate as it is in customers’ interest to be alerted about any safety issues which may affect a product which they have purchased

    Depending upon the nature of the recall or safety information, this may also help protect the vital interests of the customer concerned or another person

    Details will be held in Salesforce, our Customer Relationship Management System, which is supported by Brightgen, a Salesforce Platinum Partner. Information will also be held in our customer database which is managed on our behalf by Planning-Inc

    Emails will be sent by Cheetah Digital

    6 years from the end of the final transaction or end of the corresponding warranty period

    To send you emails reminding you about a service which forms part of your original purchase (i.e. Service Plan reminders)

    This is deemed legitimate as it is in customers' interest to be reminded about services to which they are entitled under the terms of their original purchase from us

    Customer details will be held in our customer database which is managed on our behalf by Planning-Inc. Emails will be sent by Cheetah Digital

    6 years from the end of the final transaction or end of the corresponding warranty period

    To contact you via telephone, email or SMS text in relation to repairs which are necessary and/or time-critical following an MOT or Service

    This is deemed legitimate as it is in customers' interest to be reminded about repairs that are necessary for either legal or safety reasons

    Customer details will be held in our customer database which is managed on our behalf by Planning-Inc. Emails will be sent by Cheetah Digital

    Contact will be made no longer than 1 month following the MOT or Service

    To contact you via email in relation to repairs which are advised but not time-critical following an MOT or Service

    This is deemed legitimate as it is in customers’ interest to be reminded about repairs that are advised

    Customer details will be held in our customer database which is managed on our behalf by Planning-Inc. Emails will be sent by Cheetah Digital

    Contact will be made no longer than 1 year following the MOT or Service

    To contact you via telephone, email or SMS text in order to reminder you about the need for an annual MOT or Service

    This is deemed legitimate as it is in customers' interest to be reminded about their MOT or Service

    Customer details will be held in our customer database which is managed on our behalf by Planning-Inc. Emails will be sent by Cheetah Digital

    6 years from the end of the final transaction or end of the corresponding warranty period

    To send you emails asking you to complete a survey based on your shopping experience

    This is deemed legitimate, as it enables customers to provide feedback and resolve queries in as non-intrusive a manner as possible

    Customer details will be held in our customer database which is managed on our behalf by Planning-Inc. Emails will be sent by Cheetah Digital. Please note that personal data will only be shared with our research partner (ABA) if customers actively choose to complete the survey

    6 years from the end of the final transaction or end of the corresponding warranty period

    To send you emails asking you to complete a product review

    This is deemed legitimate, as it enables customers to complete reviews that inform the wider public about a product’s usefulness and value

    Customer details will be held in our customer database which is managed on our behalf by Planning-Inc. Emails will be sent by Cheetah Digital. Please note that personal data will only be shared with our partner (TrustPilot) if customers choose to submit a review

    6 years from the end of the final transaction or end of the corresponding warranty period

    Data processing for online services

    To enable you to set up an online account

    This is deemed legitimate as it is in customers' interest to set up an online account (if they choose) as this will provide a quicker, smoother experience, and enable them to easily manage their communication preferences

    By setting up an online account, customers' details will be available to Salmon who administers this website on our behalf, and Planning-Inc who manages our customer database


    6 years from the end of the final transaction or end of the corresponding warranty period

    Data processing for marketing

    To send emails about special offers and promotions that are relevant to you, as well as helpful reminders: this includes, for example, emails about offers during peak periods (i.e. New Year, Black Friday), abandoned baskets, as well as products or services that you have asked us to tell you about. In some cases, this requires us to profile you as described more fully in section 4.8 below

    Customers will be asked for their consent before we send marketing communications

    Customer details will be held in our customer database which is managed on our behalf by Planning-Inc. Emails will be sent by Cheetah Digital

    6 years from the end of the final transaction or end of the corresponding warranty period

    To use customer data (primarily email addresses) to deliver advertising across various social media and other online platforms (e.g. Google, Facebook)

    This is deemed legitimate as it is in customers' interest to receive communications to which they have given their consent, and where no personal data is exchanged with any third party (i.e. email addresses are anonymised prior to being shared)

    Customer data will be shared with various advertising partners; however, in all instances, this data will be anonymised before sharing

    6 years from the end of the final transaction or end of the corresponding warranty period

    Other data processing

    To process competition entries and inform winners

    Customers give consent when they submit competition entries: this is separate to consent for marketing purposes

    Details will be held in our customer database which is managed on our behalf by Planning-Inc (NB where a competition is run by a third party, for example a newspaper or radio station, any subsequent data sharing with us will be made clear within the competition terms & conditions)

    6 years from the end of the final transaction or end of the corresponding warranty period

    To match data that we hold in order to acquire improved insight about our customers both individually and at aggregate level: this requires us to profile you as described more fully in section 4.8 below

    This is deemed legitimate as it is in customers' interest that we understand their preferences and buying behaviours so that the information we provide, is tailored to them

    Customer details will be held in our customer database which is managed on our behalf by Planning-Inc. Additionally, we will use CoMetrics to improve our performance and impact

    6 years from the end of the final transaction or end of the corresponding warranty period

  • 4. Overseas transfers
  • None of the data that we collect, process or store about you is transferred outside the European Economic Area (EEA). This includes information that is exchanged with any third party organisation as described in section 3 of this Privacy Statement.

  • 5. Your rights
  • Under the terms of data protection legislation, you have the following rights as a result of using this website:

    5.1 Right to be informed

    This Privacy Statement, together with our Cookies Policy, fulfils our obligation to tell you about the ways in which we use your information as a result of you using this website.

    5.2 Right to access

    You have the right to ask us, in writing, for a copy of any personal data that we hold about you. This is known as a "Subject Access Request". Except in exceptional circumstances (which we would discuss and agree with you in advance), you can obtain this information at no cost. We will send you a copy of the information within 30 days of your request.

    To make a Subject Access Request, please write to our Data Protection Officer at Halfords, Icknield Street Drive, Washford West, Redditch B98 0DE.

    5.3 Right to rectification

    If any of the information that we hold about you is inaccurate, you can either:

    • visit the "My Account" section of the website where you can make changes to some of the information that we hold about you;

    • contact our Data Protection Officer at dataprotectionofficer@halfords.co.uk. Any corrections that you request will be made as soon as possible, and certainly no later than 30 days following your notification.

    5.4 Right to be forgotten

    From 25 May 2018, you can ask that we erase all personal information that we hold about you. Where it is appropriate that we comply, your request will be fully actioned within 30 days. For further information, please contact our Data Protection Officer at dataprotectionofficer@halfords.co.uk.

    5.5 Right to object

    You have the right to object to:

    • the continued use of your data for any purpose listed in section 3 of this Privacy Statement for which consent is identified as the lawful basis of processing (i.e. you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time);

    • the continued use of your data for any purpose listed in section 3 of this Privacy Statement for which the lawful basis of processing is that it has been deemed legitimate.

    In some circumstances (i.e. consent to marketing communications), you can exercise your objection by updating your preferences within the "My Account" section of this website. For all other circumstances, you can contact our Data Protection Officer at dataprotectionofficer@halfords.co.uk.

    Please note that you can also exercise your right to object to our use of cookies by following the guidance in section 4 of our Cookies Policy here.

    5.6 Right to restrict processing

    If you wish us to restrict the use of your data because (i) you think it is inaccurate but this will take time to validate, (ii) you believe our data processing is unlawful but you do not want your data erased, (iii) you want us to retain your data in order to establish, exercise or defend a legal claim, or (iv) you wish to object to the processing of your data, but we have yet to determine whether this is appropriate, please contact our Data Protection Officer at dataprotectionofficer@halfords.co.uk.

    5.7 Right to data portability

    If you would like us to move, copy or transfer the data that we hold about you to another organisation, please contact our Data Protection Officer at dataprotectionofficer@halfords.co.uk.

    Please be advised that this only applies to certain data which has been submitted by you electronically for specific purposes only. Our Data Protection Officer can provide further advice.

    5.8 Rights related to automated decision-making

    In order that we can understand your interests and preferences - and deliver communications that will be most of interest to you where you have consented to receive these - we employ profiling techniques (which include automated decision-making) based upon the information that you have provided to us, as well as your purchasing history and engagement with us. We do not believe that these processes have any potential to significantly or negatively affect you i.e. they will not lead to any form of discrimination against you or impact your legal rights.

    Examples of how we use profiling are as follows:

    • if you repeatedly look at certain areas of our website, we are more likely to send you information about the associated products and services;

    • if you do not engage or interact with special offer emails that we send you (even though you will have consented to receive these), we are likely to send you fewer emails than customers who are more actively involved with us.

    Where we hold a customer’s details, we will also seek to ensure that, as far as possible, we maintain a single composite record of their interactions with us, which may require us to match their different activities. Where customers have indicated that they do not want us to us their data for receiving communications (other than those deemed legitimate), we will use this information purely for anonymised internal analytics and reporting, for example, looking at sales trends which does not identify individual customers.

    If you do not want us to undertake profiling or matching, you may either:

    • object to the processing of your data (see section 5.5 of this Privacy Statement above); or

    • request that we erase all personal data about you (see section 5.4 of this Privacy Statement above).

  • 6. Data privacy and security
  • At Halfords, we maintain a comprehensive data management work programme, which includes processes for ensuring that data protection is a key consideration of all new and existing IT systems that hold customers’ personal data. Where any concerns, risks or issues are identified, we conduct relevant impact assessments in order to determine any actions that are necessary to ensure optimum privacy.

    We also maintain an active information security work programme which seeks to protect the availability, confidentiality and integrity of all physical and information assets. Specifically, this helps us to:

    • protect against potential breaches of confidentiality;

    • ensure all IT facilities are protected against damage, loss or misuse;

    • increase awareness and understanding of the requirements of information security, and the responsibility of our colleagues to protect the confidentiality and integrity of the information that they handle; and

    • ensure the optimum security of this website.

    We recognise that the security of data and transactions on this website is of primary importance. We therefore ensure that all connections to secure parts of the website (such as when you login) are encrypted and authenticated using strong protocols, key exchanges and ciphers.

  • 7. Card payment security
  • We are proud to have been awarded the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), which recognises the robust processes that we apply when handling card transactions from the major card schemes. This independent certification gives our customers assurance that our transactional systems protect your data with appropriate levels of security.

  • 8. Location tracking
  • This website only uses geo-location tracking, which shows us where you are in the UK, for specific situations, such as when you are looking for an Autocentre that is local to you. Please note that we will always seek your permission before geo-tracking is used, and then, it is used only to personalise your experience.

    This service is supported by Google Maps. Users are bound by the Google Maps / Google Earth Additional Terms of Service (https://maps.google.com/help/terms_maps.html) which includes the Google Privacy Policy (https://www.google.com/intl/ALL/policies/privacy/index.html).

  • 9. Disclaimers
  • Every effort is made to ensure that the information provided on this website, and in this Privacy Statement, is accurate and up-to-date, but no legal responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions contained herein.

    We cannot accept liability for the use made by you of the information on this website or in this Privacy Statement, nor do we warrant that the supply of the information will be uninterrupted. All material accessed or downloaded from this website is obtained at your own risk. It is your responsibility to use appropriate anti-virus software.

    This Privacy Statement applies solely to the data collected by us, and therefore does not also apply to data collected by third party websites and services that are not under our control. Furthermore, we cannot be held responsible for the Privacy Statements on third party websites, and we advise users to read these carefully before registering any personal data.

  • 10. Accessibility
  • We are committed to providing a website in which content is accessible to everyone. We therefore update our website regularly in order to make it as adaptable as possible.

    For example, users can control the text size of each page within their browser. On a PC, holding the "Ctrl" key while pressing the "+" (plus) key will increase text size, and holding the "Ctrl" key while pressing the "-" (minus) key will decrease the text size.

  • 11. General
  • Questions and comments regarding this Privacy Statement are welcomed, and should be sent to our Data Protection Officer at dataprotectionofficer@halfords.co.uk.

    You can also contact our Data Protection Officer if you have any concerns or complaints about the ways in which your personal data has been handled as a result of you using this website.

    Alternatively, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner?s Office who may be contacted at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9 5AF or https://ico.org.uk.