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What is a common/fair price for a front brake job for a 2007 Corolla? I have been quoted $195 and $280 both include smoothing rotor...Thanks a lot.. Mary

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Bogi Lateiner, Owner and Technician at 180 Degrees Automotive Hi Mary! The difference in the two uotes you have received is likely the difference in the repair shops* hourly labor rate. They may have also both been quoting you different levels of quality of pads. The pads should cost anywhere between $40 and $70 and labor is generally about 2 hours. I am guessing that the shop that gave you the quote of $195 probably has a labor rate of about $65/hour and the higher quote has a labor rate closer to $100/hour, and they may or may not be worth it. Go tih your instinct on which shop you feel more comfortable at, and or one you have been referred to by someone you trust. The cheapest deal isn*t always the best deal as far as quality... Than again the most expensive isn*t always the best either. If you don*t already have a relationship with a shop that you trust, I generally recommend getting three estimates and going with the middle one. Good luck! Bogi Lateiner

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Mary, You can check out the website They give you prices on repairs according to where you live. This should give you a good idea of the going rate. Lori Johnson

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Mary Noonan, Both quotes sound very reasonable. You can always ask for a break down of the bill to see how much you are being charged for parts and how much they are charging for labor. Front brakes with rotor resurfacing should be somewhere around a two hour job, give or take. Suzanne

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