Halfords are expensive

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  1. Angus dog

    Angus dog Read Only Funster

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    Just collecting a few items for our first European trip.Needed a bulb kit and went to Halfords were it was costing£19
    Since I wasn't sure of the type needed I left it and next day happened to be in independent auto parts dealership.They advised the type needed and the cost-----£8!!
     
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    with halfords they seem to think people will pay a premium for convenience and retail packaging.
     
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    that seems very reasonable..


    did you buy a kit for that price.. and how many lamps ?
     
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    If they had topless staff, then I'd pay whatever they charge :winky:
     
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    Currently on offer at Maplins with free delivery.

    Starter kit with...

    Ring Automotive European Travel Kit

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    • Kit contents:
    • GB sticker
    • Warning triangle.
    • First aid kit.
    • 2 x high visibility jackets.
    • Foil blanket.
    • Universal bulb kit
    • Twin pack of NF approved breathalyzers all packed in a compact carry bag.
    • Set of beam converters.

    All for £24.99, sounds a good price to me......
    :thumb:
     
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    I normally weight till I get to the ferry terminal and let them rip me off:ROFLMAO:
     
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    i will always knock halfords ridicules prices for a large retail store my small independent local motor shop here is cheaper by far than halfords :thumb:
     
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    Yes. I've used Halford's several times this season so far and they've been terrific. Once was for some urgently needed leisure batteries. They lugged them in and out of the store. Fitted them. Then realized the brackets didn't work for these batteries so lugged them back in and tried others. They couldn't have been more helpful.

    And then last week we set off and one of the windscreen wipers didn't work right. We passed a Halfords and nipped in and I was surprised at their knowledge of wipers.

    I know they are not the cheapest - they have MASSIVE rates to pay - but unlike many shops these days, they do at least seem to have staff who know what they're talking about.
     
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    If you've got time try eBay.

    I buy my headlamp beam deflectors in packs of 10 and end up paying £3-4 a pair, compared to the £7.99 a pair Halfords would ask, or the £50,000 the ferry terminal would charge me.
     
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    well, they have brain-dead staff....does that count ? :roflmto:
     
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    100 per cent certain that it was a fair comparison.The packs in Halfords were all the same price,simply a matter of selecting the correct type.

    The pack I received has 4 bulbs.
     
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    I went to Halfords in Dover 4 weeks ago for a pair of wiper blades for my Daughters car, after receiving an email from the company telling me I can have 10 percent off everything.
    The checkout didn't take the 10 ( can't find my percent key!) percent off and I complained. Assistant manager appeared.
    "No, its an extra 10 percent off bikes and satnavs only" and pointed to labels on the bikes that said the same.
    " It says its off everything on my email" and showed him their email on my phone.
    He rang head office, they said there was no 10 percent offer on but would give me the discount as a goodwill gesture.
    "No, I'll have the 10 percent off because me email said so"
    Anyway, I got the discount. As I was leaving the shop, I said " The extra 10 percent off bikes and satnavs offer?"
    "yes?"

    Extra to what?

    Hmm, brain dead indeed.

    Allan
     
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    I only go to Halfords if I have to. We have a one man independent auto parts shop and he is far more reasonable. Unfortunately he is closed on Tuesdays. Guess which day I usually urgently need a part.:Doh:
     
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    I've wangled a Halfords trade card and some of the discounts available with that are really good. Bulbs, wipers, oil etc particularly. Their professional tool range is rather good too and often much reduced.
     
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    Halfords have not been cheap for years..............................:Nowink:


    Looking at set of Windscreen wiper the other day and crazy...............:Doh:
     
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    Oh no they dont........

    recently bought a new tomtom from halfrauds.

    i asked the till jockey (no other sales staff around) about it and she had to call someone else.

    they didnt know the answer either so called a third salesperson.

    believe it or not, they had to look on the internet for the answer :Eeek:

    what did i want to know ????????



    does this model have lifetime maps or just latest map guarantee ? :Doh:

    the only reason i asked was most of the others had a label stating 'lifetime map updates'

    even though the sales-team didnt know what day it was without looking it up i still bought the nav......cheapest price locally, in stock and good returns policy.
     
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    I used to use my local village motor factor for most things until they, regretfully, closed.

    Halfords are very hit and miss in my view.

    As PJ said, they're pretty good for sat-navs. Prices are good and they're good if it goes wrong.

    Their 'buy 3, pay for 2' offers are worth looking at, too.

    And, as said above, their Professional tools range is exceptional.

    I very hesitantly used them to make Udo's numberplates up in February and was very pleasantly surprised by their quality.

    So not all bad. But I do buy stuff like wiper blades, bulbs and cleaning stuff (when no offers) online.
     
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    Just about spot on, there........
     
  20. yorkieman

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    With so many people shopping online these days it is difficult for these small shops to survive, isn't it? So I suppose we're lucky that Halford's are managing to survive at the moment, as otherwise the only option will be to order online and wait a day or two.
     
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