It's inevitable. At some point, the brakes on your vehicle are going to need to be replaced. When this time comes, you're going to want to make sure you have a reputable brake mechanic to handle the job. And by taking the time to ask a few important questions when obtaining brake replacement quotes from a local mechanic, you can easily get a better feel for which choice is best for your needs and budget.
1. Which Components Are You Replacing?
Start by finding out exactly which components of your vehicle's brakes you're being quoted for replacement on. After all, your car's braking system is made up not just of the brakes themselves, but the rotors and brake pads as well. Ideally, your quote will be for the entire braking system (if needed) -- but there are certainly instances where it may only be necessary to replace the pads and not the rotors.
2. Are These Original Manufacturer Parts?
The quality of the replacement parts is also extremely important when it comes to brake replacement. Be sure to ask whether or not the mechanic is quoting you for original manufacturer parts. If not, then you're probably getting aftermarket parts or (even worse) used parts as part of your job -- which is the last thing you want when it comes to brake replacement.
3. What's Included With the Quoted Price?
The services included with a brake installation job can vary greatly from one mechanic to the next. Ideally, your mechanic should be quoting you not just for the physical replacement of the braking components, but flushing your car's old brake fluid and adding new brake fluid as well. If you're not replacing your rotors during this time, see if they'll throw in resurfacing of your existing rotors as well.
4. What Type of Warranty Do You Provide?
Any reputable brake mechanic should include some kind of guarantee or warranty. This warranty should be provided not just on the braking parts that they install, but the labor associated with installing them as well. Be sure to find out exactly what type of warranty is included and how long it will last for your peace of mind.
These are just a few of the most important questions to ask when it comes to finding a great brake mechanic for your replacement job. From there, you can get your brake installation work scheduled and be back on the road in no time.