I am new to the auto repair world - I need to get some new breaks on a
2002 Chevy Venture Van. I am calling around and places do not seem to
want to give an est without seening the car which means pulling the
weels off, right? which means I have to drive their just for a quote
to see if I am getting a good price - anyone have some ball park values
on this type of work??
I am in central New Jersey from what I know - the front needs new pads
and turn the roaters
If you need a break, stop at a coffee shop. If you need brakes, stop at a
Don't bother with the big chains if you want a good job at a fair price.
Many years ago I asked for a price at Sears and was given a very high price
that included "everything" I said I only needed pads, but they won't do
just pads. It was all or nothing.
If all you need is pads, figure about $100, parts and labor. The potential
problem is the rotors. They may or may not be turned. Some of the new ones
are so thin and warp so easily, you just toss them and spend about $150 for
a new set, plus a few bucks labor. Only when the wheels are off can they
tell if the calipers are OK. Given the age, they may not be operating so
smooth and will have to be disassembled and cleaned or rebuilt. So, you see
we can be over $300 per axle easily.
You need to find a good independent mechanic you can trust. Ask your
friends, family, co-workers and such for references. If you are not
going to take on being a do-it-yourself person then you absolutely need
a reliable place to take your vehicle and where you become a regular
customer. Then they will get to know you and your vehicle and can do a
good job for you.
Do not waste your time and money playing games with the big chains (Pep
Boys, Sears, etc.) It is very rare to find the best and brightest
mechanics working there.
The only other option is to find a trustworthy GM dealer. The price
will be a little higher, but the work should get done right. Maybe 1 in
10 dealers is up to par IMO, so again check around.
Nobody can tell you what work your vehicle brakes need without looking
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