Motorists will be able to get an MOT for £1 from Halfords – if they buy a 10-litre bucket to wash their car first.
The unique offer is aimed at motorists returning to the road after the early 2021 lockdown, which begins to ease from 29 March.
Buying any retail product from a Halfords store, or online at halfords.com, qualifies car owners for the offer, which they can redeem at more than 350 Halfords Autocentres.
Halfords insists it really does mean any retail product: those who don’t want a £1 bucket could buy a £1.99 car air freshener instead.
Car owners redeem the offer by booking their MOT online.
The standard price for an MOT is £39.85.
The offer runs from 25 March to 19 April 2021, and has been timed to coincide with the end of the ‘stay at home’ rule on 29 March.
“It’s clear from our research that MOT tests are one of the biggest expenses that drivers face,” said Halfords Autocentres MD Andy Randall.
March is one of the busiest times for testing, he added. “The MOT test remains the best way to ensure vehicles are safe to drive.”
Halfords research has found that one in five cars has been driven without a valid MOT – with a quarter of motorists admitting they’d done so for up to six months.
Almost two in three said this was because they’d simply forgotten, although a third said it was because they couldn’t afford the test.
Some motorists mistakenly said they drove without a valid MOT “because there was a grace period”, of indeterminate length.