What do brake pads and discs cost?
Front brake pads cost between £50 and £55, while the discs are around twice that amount – £110 or thereabouts.
Rear pads also cost between £50 and £55, but the rear brake discs are a shade more expensive at around £116. Of course, these are just the parts prices; you also have to factor in labour.
More about labour rates and times
You can expect the replacement of a pair of brake discs and pads to take between one and three hours for the front and around the same sort of time for the rear.
Depending on where you are, the labour rates will be from £72 per hour outside London and up to £80 for London.
A look at how long it takes to change out a pair of brake pads and discs on different makes of car should give you a rough idea as to how much you might pay for your own car to have this service.
A front brake replacement in a Ford Fiesta should take around 1.5 hours while the rear pair will take around two hours.
In a Volkswagen Golf, the front brakes will take just over two hours, while the rear pair will take almost three hours to replace.
It seems that Audis are among the quickest cars to perform a brake replacement service on, as both the Q5 and the A4 are 1.25 hours for front brakes and just under two hours for the rear pair.
It’s easy to see how labour costs make up most of the bill you’ll pay, which is one of the reasons you should take your car to a reputable and experienced mechanic or garage for your brake replacements. AutoAdvisor can help you to find the best garage in your area. We have a UK-wide network of approved partner garages so you’ll know that the quotes you get are all reasonable and that your car will be in good hands, whichever quote you take up.