Automotive

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

  • Last Updated:
  • Nov 14th, 2019 11:15 am
[OP]
Newbie
Dec 7, 2007
33 posts
31 upvotes

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.
83 replies
Deal Fanatic
Oct 7, 2010
9150 posts
1339 upvotes
Sounds reasonable for all 4 rotors and pads.
Deal Fanatic
User avatar
Jul 26, 2007
5028 posts
2653 upvotes
Toronto
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.
Deal Expert
User avatar
Jan 27, 2006
18233 posts
2111 upvotes
Woodbridge
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.
"I'll put up color bars before I'll put you in front of our cameras."

- MacKenzie
THE NEWSROOM (HBO)
Deal Addict
User avatar
Dec 11, 2003
2139 posts
778 upvotes
Toronto
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).
P10 2.4 THz CPU || 8 TB Ram || WD 300 TB HD || Nvidia w/ 32 TB Memory

"You're only as dumb as you look"
[OP]
Newbie
Dec 7, 2007
33 posts
31 upvotes
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
?
Deal Addict
User avatar
Jul 5, 2011
1526 posts
1344 upvotes
Toronto
Seems normal to me if he's not using garbage pads and rotors that will warp in a short period of time.
2013 Wins - $1320 - Woohoo!
[OP]
Newbie
Dec 7, 2007
33 posts
31 upvotes
xjesterxx wrote: 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
Deal Fanatic
Oct 6, 2007
8055 posts
4542 upvotes
Kootenays
Most places will replace rotors since they're fairly cheap. Our Venza was $825 + tax for all 4 corners last year.
Deal Addict
Jul 21, 2009
1016 posts
431 upvotes
Toronto
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
Deal Expert
Jun 30, 2006
17877 posts
5846 upvotes
Toronto
Depends on what types of rotors and brake pads he used.
Deal Fanatic
User avatar
Feb 15, 2005
5712 posts
1263 upvotes
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.
⬆⬆⬇⬇⬅➡⬅➡BA

「上上下下左右左右BA」
Deal Expert
User avatar
Jul 22, 2006
21976 posts
2582 upvotes
Under $1000 is far...

2 hr per side * 4 = 8 hrs @ $70 = $560
Parts ~$400-500
Last edited by george__ on Mar 13th, 2019 6:03 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Deal Guru
User avatar
Dec 23, 2003
14319 posts
2792 upvotes
Toronto
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.
Car Batteries - FAQ, General Information, Tips & Tricks

Car Buying Tips & Tricks

My Cell Phone Providers: Koodo Mobile and Zoomer Wireless
Deal Addict
User avatar
Dec 11, 2003
2139 posts
778 upvotes
Toronto
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.
P10 2.4 THz CPU || 8 TB Ram || WD 300 TB HD || Nvidia w/ 32 TB Memory

"You're only as dumb as you look"

Top

Thread Information

There is currently 1 user viewing this thread. (0 members and 1 guest)