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Halfords car service

My car has been due to go in for a service for a while but I have been putting it off as I just didn’t have the time to take it in, typically over the bank holiday weekend a warning light had come on so I booked it in online at Halfords for a full service 1st thing on Tuesday morning.

I had already arranged for C to go to spend the morning with her Auntie Lee and Uncle Keith as I was meant to be in work. I got someone to cover my morning shift and took the car straight in, I hated driving it with the warning light on, it was very jerky and I was worried that I could damage the engine,  so used it as little as possible over the weekend. Which meant that we spent all day bank holiday Monday at home except for a walk in the park with the dogs.

After dropping the car off at Halfords I decided to have a little walk around Allerton road, My grandparents used to live in Queensdale road but moved about 8 years ago so it’s been a while since I spent much time just wandering, especially at my own pace without a toddler to watch. As it was about 8.20am very few places where open but it was nice just to have a look around as see what had changed.

At 9am I went to the Tavern Co for breakfast as it is award winning and I wanted 1st hand experience about what all the fuss is about, you can read all about it here.

After breakfast I went for another little walk, browsed in a few shops and picked up a few bits of shopping before going to costa for coffee number 4. I had taken my laptop with the intention of getting some work done but the internet usernames and passwords that Costa supplied didn’t work, so I typed up a few things offline to use later and spent some time looking things up on my phone.

The garage rang at about 10.40am and said that the problem was that the engine was misfiring. The sparkplugs needed replacing but if that didn’t fix the problem the coil packs would also need to be done. The service also reviled that the pollen filter needed replacing, the tyres needed aligning and they recommended some system additives to clean the system.

I arrived back at the garage at about 12.15pm as I had finished shopping and thought I might as well wait there. They were still trying to sort out the engine light as it was still coming on when the engine was started.

A bulb light had also been on for a while and when it was MOT’d they told me it was probably a fault as no bulbs were out, Halfords found out that there were lower rear lights that looked like reflectors but were actually lights and it was the bulbs in them that required replacing. They didn’t have them in so I will have to take it back to get them replaced.

Driving it after the service I could really feel the difference in the car, it was a smoother drive and much easier than it had been in past weeks.

The Full service cost me £169.00 but repairs have set me back another £213.54, Think I’ll have to work more shifts in the coming weeks to pay that off my card!