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DId I get ripped off? Brake pad and rotor replacement.

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DId I get ripped off? Brake pad and rotor replacement.

I have a very trustworthy mechanic that my whole family uses. Well I thought so anyway, until I researched some prices. I visited my mechanic because he told me that my brake pads would likely need changing by wintertime during our last visit in the summer.

Here is what I had done today.
On my 2016 VW Jetta with 65k km mileage. I was told that both my front and rear rotors and pads needed replacement. I agreed and ended up paying $800 (approx 900 with tax). I was expecting to just have to replace the brake pads. I thought brake pads were generally first to go ( I think he mentioned something on the phone about the rotors being rusted - I could be wrong about the exact reason though).

I know it would be much cheaper to DIY but I don't feel comfortable doing that. I guess my main question is - is 800$ a reasonable price for the above work? Also any tips to keep my rotors lasting longer next time? Is it the same advice as avoiding braking as much as possible ( I thought advice only applied the pads).

Thanks in advance for any insights.
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Sounds reasonable for all 4 rotors and pads.
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You already paid it. Enjoy your new brakes. Call your vw dealer for price comparison and smile after.

If you want to feel ripped off, continue this thread and wait for someone friends uncle's cousin did his Audi version of your vw for all inclusive at half of price you paid.
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I paid almost $600 for parts alone for my 2015 Nissan Murano and they were through Billy at tires23.

My boy did for me though.

So $200 for labor isn't bad.
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That seems reasonable. For 4 brake pads and 4 rotors, I am thinking it should be around $600 to $700. I don't remember how much I paid exactly so that's just a guess right now. I usually buy my parts from Nextmod (on Woodbine Ave in Markham).
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Ok! Seems I didn't get ripped off! What a relief! Also anyone know if the same tips apply to preserve the life of rotors as long as possible? i.e. basically brake the least amount possible
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Seems normal to me if he's not using garbage pads and rotors that will warp in a short period of time.
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Mar 13th, 2019 5:43 pm
Seems normal to me if he's not using garbage pads and rotors that will warp in a short period of time.
He mentioned they were good quality European parts
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Most places will replace rotors since they're fairly cheap. Our Venza was $825 + tax for all 4 corners last year.
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Seems about right. We got quoted 1000 all in at the VW dealership for a 2015 Tiguan. Went with our own mechanic and got it done for 650
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Depends on what types of rotors and brake pads he used.
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That's not bad. Toyota wants $560 for pads & rotors for each of the front & rear, so around $1100 total. Apparently, the ceramic pads are supposed to wear the rotors to the limits at exactly the same time.
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Under $1000 is far...

2 hr per side * 4 = 8 hrs @ $70 = $560
Parts ~$400-500
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I never understand the logic of people asking if they paid too much AFTER getting the work done. Common sense would say that one gets detailed quotes with the brand of the parts/labour and then see if it is a fair price.

I am not sure what VW OEM parts cost, but for my 2012 Camry, 4 OEM rotors and 2 sets of OEM pads are about $600 alone excluding labour. Add in labour and taxes and $900 sounds about right. If it is aftermarket, you could get the parts for about 1/2 of that but they may not be as good.
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Just don't drive up to a stop sign quickly and then brake at the last second as hard as you can. This would apply to tailgating the car in front of you and then constantly braking hard because the car in front of you has to brake. Then you should be fine. Rotors and brakes are going to get worn down no matter what.
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