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Has anyone taken up the Halfords Brakes 4 Life offer? Sounds too good to be true - there must be a catch but I don't see one. How much do brake pads/shoes + labour normally cost?

Only thing I spotted that they could exploit:

"You must carry out all other brake repairs (to brake discs, drums, cables and hydraulics) found during an inspection or service within 10 days to continue to claim the free replacement."

Halfords Autocentre | Brakes 4 Life
 

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probably a bit of a loss-leader to get you into their shops, where they'll upsell you everything else at furious bumrape prices once you're in there

same way as the supermarkets sell loads of booze at a loss, to get you into the store

it's also a good bit of marketing for halfords, shows them in a caring, sharing kinda light

tis a good offer all the same :thumbs:
 

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I'll hazard a wild guess: You buy a set of front pads and pay their normal parts and fitting cost. When you go to get the next set fitted for free, they will only do it if you also have new discs, rear pads, rear discs, flexi hoses and fluid because, in their opinion, they are all due for replacement. You must pay full price for all the additional parts.
 
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I'll hazard a wild guess: You buy a set of front pads and pay their normal parts and fitting cost. When you go to get the next set fitted for free, they will only do it if you also have new discs, rear pads, rear discs, flexi hoses and fluid because, in their opinion, they are all due for replacement. You must pay full price for all the additional parts.
Standard fast-fit practice.

I remember my boss taking his wife's car to Halfords with an overheating problem which was clearly a jammed thermostat. They rang up and spoke to me because he wasn't at his desk and asked me to pass on the message that it was the radiator that was completely blocked and it needed a new one. There then followed one of those conversations I seem to have all the time.
"No it isn't" says I.
"Isn't what?"
"It isn't the radiator that's blocked."
"It is, I just told you."
"But it isn't, it's the thermostat that's stuck."
"It's the radiator. It's completely blocked."
"What's it blocked up with that you can't flush out?"
"Erm....."
"Have you checked the thermostat?"
"Erm...."
"Shall I get Mr Henderson to call you back?"
"Erm....... Yes please. Can you ask him to give us half an hour?"

When Mr Henderson rang back his rad had strangely managed to unblock itself but the thermostat had gone.

I wouldn't trust them to fix my pushbike.
 

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Errr have any of you actually tried halfords brake pads? My friend put some in his celica because he was skint. They are the most dangerous set of pads i think i have ever had the pleasure of braking with. They get brake fade almost instantly. Luckily they also sell ferodo pads which are excellent but i bet they ain't on the deal :rolleyes:
 

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if it sounds too good to be true...it usually is.

Worth checking the small print on any offers like this; it might work in your favour, or it might not.
 

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Standard fast-fit practice.

I remember my boss taking his wife's car to Halfords with an overheating problem which was clearly a jammed thermostat. They rang up and spoke to me because he wasn't at his desk and asked me to pass on the message that it was the radiator that was completely blocked and it needed a new one. There then followed one of those conversations I seem to have all the time.
"No it isn't" says I.
"Isn't what?"
"It isn't the radiator that's blocked."
"It is, I just told you."
"But it isn't, it's the thermostat that's stuck."
"It's the radiator. It's completely blocked."
"What's it blocked up with that you can't flush out?"
"Erm....."
"Have you checked the thermostat?"
"Erm...."
"Shall I get Mr Henderson to call you back?"
"Erm....... Yes please. Can you ask him to give us half an hour?"

When Mr Henderson rang back his rad had strangely managed to unblock itself but the thermostat had gone.

I wouldn't trust them to fix my pushbike.
To right, had to sort out there mess when I worked for a reputable large cycle store and I friggin hated working on there F***ups :rolleyes:
 

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I would guess that the brakes for life only applies to the purchaser and not to any new owner that later buys the vehicle; and im sure there market research shows that a large majority of people only have a car long enough to go through one set.

Result being that it would be a rare occasion that a customer would return with a car that they fitted new brakes too.
 

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I would guess that the brakes for life only applies to the purchaser and not to any new owner that later buys the vehicle; and im sure there market research shows that a large majority of people only have a car long enough to go through one set.

Result being that it would be a rare occasion that a customer would return with a car that they fitted new brakes too.
I read the TCs, it can be transferred to the new owner OR passed on to your new vehicle.

either you or the new owner has to go to them within 30 days of purchasing it with proof of purchase (receipt) for a brake checkup.

If they say anything needs changing other then the pads or discs, the work has to be carried out HOWEVER not necessarily by them.

I think this just runs on the idea that you'll get them to do the repairs while it's there being checked up. But your allowed to take it anywhere within 10 days of the initial inspection, or even do the repairs yourself.


But I still prefer to fix it myself anyway :) Like SIF just said, more fun!
 

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Just sometimes these deals can work...my Brother-in-law got a new exhaust fitted on his Mk5 (old) Y-reg (so 1983?) Cortina Crusader Estate, which he'd had from new, at one of the specialist exhaust fitters.....which gave a "lifetime guarantee".......He kept the car for another 15 years before swapping it for a Mondeo V6 Estate - I think he had 5 exhaust systems off them in that time.......:)

Had a few hiccups when the firm's computer systems were replaced and they "lost" his details, but he'd kept his original receipt with the deal details on it....so they had to honour it:cheese:
 

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so its a bad idea to have a service done by them then...

also, do all 159 lusso's have Xenon lights?...

my bulbs gone! was thinking of leting them change it for me lol
 
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