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is $400 a reasonable price for new front brake pads and rotors?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Heather, That quote seems high for only front pad and rotor replacement, I recommend you researching for a few more quotes as a comparison. Hope this helps! Thank You for writing into AskPatty A.J.

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Heather, $400 dollars sound reasonable for a complete brake job with new brake pads & new rotors. For this amount of money you should be getting premium pads & rotors. Also make sure the technicians free up & lube the caliper sliders and clean and lube brake hardware.

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube Continue to look for deals - on TV I saw advertised 89.99 per axel.

Judy Curry, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing at Currys Auto Service Heather, This does seem very reasonable. An average cost would probably be around $350-$450. This assumes you have a regular car with standard breaks. (nothing custom or upgraded) Generally, this job will take about 1.5 - 2 labor hours. Add in the cost of the parts and that should give you a good idea on what it should cost. Hope this helps! - The Curry's Auto Service team

Julie Scroggins, Vice President, CFO at Waukegan Tire and Supply Company Inc. For a complete quality brake job, with premium pads and rotors, $400 is certainly not out of line. Some repair shops use lower quality pads and rotors, so it’s a good idea to find out more details about the parts and also about their warranty. Specifically- is it nationwide, does it cover squeaks or pulsation or premature wear? Will labor be covered in a warranty situation? I would need more specifics about the vehicle to give an accurate quote. Such as â€" year, make and model or VIN #. Does it have 4WD, four wheel ABS or four wheel disc? Let me know if I can help more.

Kerri Papajohn, Marketing Director at USA Sealants, Inc. Yes Heather. You may also check with local groupons or living social for discounted labor (daily coupons/specials).

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Heather, I would say that's right in the ball park. Take a look at and using your zip code they can give you an estimate for your area. Lori Johnson

Pat Fleischmann, Director of First Impressions at Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair Without knowing the vehicle or year it's hard to generalize....depending on the quality of the parts they are looking to install, most will range between $300-$500.00 barring their is no complications....

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Heather, $400 does not sound unreasonable for most cars these days. It never hurts to shop around though. Also, you can ask for generic parts as opposed to vehicle specific. However, keep in mind that although I do believe generic pads and rotors should be as safe and reliable as factory, sometimes you can expect more noise and/or vibration with generic. Also, many times a dealership will not install generic and you will get a better waranty/garauntee with vehicle specific parts. Suzanne

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