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Motorists can book in a free car check by simply buying any other retail item either in-store or online. This means a driver can purchase a simple car bucket for just £1 and secure an MOT for no extra charge.

The offer will run across 350 Halfords Autocentres and can be redeemed until 21st May.

Tests must then take place before the 21st November 2021 meaning the majority of road users can still get involved.

With MOT tests often being “one of the biggest expenses” on the road, the deal looks ideal for cash-strapped road users.

Halfords said the initiative has been introduced to coincide with the easing of lockdown restrictions across the UK.

It warns this means many more vehicles will be on the roads with many not in the best condition.

Halfords said millions of motorists won’t have used their cars in several weeks or months, which means they may be in an unroadworthy condition and are a safety risk.

Andy Randall, Halfords Aurocetres Managing Director said he would encourage anyone to “take advantage” of the deal.

He said: “It’s clear from our research that MOT tests are one of the biggest expenses that drivers face and this is one of the reasons we introduced this campaign in March, the busiest times for testing.

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“It also coincides with the easing of lockdown restrictions.

“We would encourage anyone shopping at Halfords to take advantage of this offer as it will keep our roads safer, help drivers with their costs and means they can keep their cars on the road.

“The MOT test remains the best way to ensure vehicles are safe to drive.”

Research from Halfords has found a worrying one-in-five cars have been driven on UK roads without a valid MOT test.

A total of 26 percent said the reason for not having a test was they feared their car would fail.

A further 27 percent felt they didn’t have the time to get their car tested while another 26 percent thought they could legally drive without one due to a ‘grace period’.

However, driving without a valid MOT certificate could see drivers hit with massive punishments.

Halfords said road users could be hit with a fine of up to £1,000 or up to £2,500 if their car is considered to be in a dangerous condition.

A total of 31 percent of motorists said they didn’t realise their car insurance agreement could also be invalidated if they did not have a valid test certificate.

Halfords said: “Each year, your car must undergo an MOT test and pass all of the necessary safety requirements to show that it is roadworthy.

“During your MOT, our friendly experts will check all of the important car parts of your vehicle to ensure it meets the legal standards set out by the DSVA to help keep you and your family as safe as possible on the road.

“Our specialists are authorised to test Class 4 and Class 7 vehicles, including MOTs for large vans, pickups and transits, so book an MOT near you at a local Halfords test centre today.

“At Halfords, we aim to keep your yearly car MOT test as stress-free as possible, so not only do we send out free MOT reminders, but we also open many of our local MOT test centres 7 days a week, allowing you to fit your MOT in around your busy schedule.”

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