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Interim Service

6 month, 49-point service

The 49 point Interim Service is designed for the high mileage car user (regularly exceeding 2000 miles a month), or vehicles which require frequent checks. Our ATA-trained technicians will test all of the main moving parts that may need attention over a short period of time.

We recommend booking in for an Interim Service every six months to prevent any unforeseen faults with your car.

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The MOT will take an hour, but may take longer if we need to carry out any minor repairs. We ask that you arrive at least 5 minutes before your booked time, but you can leave your car with us any time from the moment we open.


Most vehicles need an MOT check and a new certificate every 12 months once they're 3 years old. If you've forgotten when yours is due you can check it online here:check MOT due date


We can test cars (class 4 vehicles), as well as vehicles between 3.0 and 3.5 tonnes, like pickups, vans and transits. See the full list of centres which carry out van MOTs: Class 7 MOT centres.

Unfortunately, we are not able to test motorcycles or 3-wheeled vehicles.


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The MOT covers a wide variety of checks to ensure your vehicle is safe and meets environmental standards. See our MOT test checklist for full details.


Some of the most common MOT failures are down to small, avoidable factors like tyre pressure, windscreen wipers and light bulbs. By carrying out a few simple checks before you bring your car in, you could save the hassle of a retest. See our tips on how to pass your MOT first time.


If your vehicle is undergoing its first MOT then a V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book) is required, this document is also required if your vehicle has had a change of registration plate since its last MOT. In all other instances no documentation is required.


If your car fails, you will need to arrange for it to be repaired and retested. If you do not have a valid MOT certificate, you may not be able to legally drive your car on the road until these repairs have been made and a valid MOT certificate issued. Halfords can carry out most repairs on site at the test centre on the same day, but we will always advise you and obtain your agreement up front about any work that needs to be done.


If you choose to have your car repaired elsewhere, you can take it back to the original testing centre for a partial retest within 10 days of the initial test. You will be charged a partial retest fee of 14.99. If you bring your car back after 10 working days, you will be charged for a full MOT.

An explanation of retest fees can be found on the DVSA's website.


If you wish to appeal against an MOT failure, ask for a complaint form at the test centre. You'll receive all or part of your test fee back if your appeal is successful, but you should not have any car repairs carried out in the meantime as this may affect the outcome of your appeal.


Our three levels of service are designed to meet the needs of all cars, whatever their condition.

Interim Service - 6 month vehicle service

This 6 month, 49 point service is designed for the high mileage car user, or where the manufacturer recommends more frequent checks between annual services. This service includes an oil and filter change, top ups of essential fluids, as well as brake, steering and suspension checks (by removing the wheels).

Full Service - 12 month vehicle service

This is a comprehensive annual service for trouble free motoring. It exceeds most manufacturers' service schedules, and includes 76 checks and adjustments including an air filter change, a top up of brake fluid, power steering fluid and coolant. High quality parts are used and we check and record wear and tear items using a colour code reporting system, to give you peace of mind.

Major Service - 24 month vehicle service

This 24 month complete service covers all areas of essential maintenance. In addition to all the items included in our Interim and Full Services, the Major Service covers items that are regularly recommended for replacement every two years, including your cabin filter and brake hydraulic fluid.

For a like-for-like comparison of all the items included in our services, please see what's included in our car services checklist.


There are a few things you'll need to bring with you on the day, to make sure your Car Service goes smoothly:

Alloy wheel keys or locking nuts

As part of your Car Service, our technicians will need to remove your wheels to inspect the condition of your steering and suspension systems. Please bring your locking nuts with you, so that our team can carry out your Service without delay (we'll need to remove your wheels to do this).

An empty boot

Our technicians will inspect the condition and tread depth of your spare tyre, which is usually located under the boot of the car. Please empty your boot of luggage and other heavy items before you arrive at the Autocentre.

Your service book

We'll need to check when you last had certain items replaced, such as spark plugs, brake fluid and cabin filters. This information is stored in your service book - please bring it with you so that we have everything we need to properly assess your car on the day.

A V5C registration form (for your first MOT only)

If your vehicle is undergoing its first MOT then a V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book) is required, this document is also required if your vehicle has had a change of registration plate since its last MOT. In all other instances no documentation is required.


Yes,all of our parts are of Original Equipment (OE) quality, and we use the correct oil grades for your car, every time.

If you've selected the Premium Service Upgrade, your engine will benefit from the highest quality, fully-synthetic Mobil oil combined with a superior oil system cleaner.


We have total confidence in the quality of the parts we use and the work carried out by our expert technicians. That's why all work is guaranteed for up to 12,000 miles or 12 months. Find out more about our guarantees.


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