How Much You Should Be Spending on Brake Pads in 2020

In relatively tough economic conditions, it can be tough to decide where to spend your hard earned cash. With entertainment budgets usually taking a bit of a hit when pockets are a little tighter than usual, some people choose to skimp on important items, like dentist visits, car services and annual checkups. While we can’t vouch for medical check-ups, we’re in the business of looking out for your safety on the road, and it makes sense to continue to budget and save for car services each year, in order to make sure you keep yourself as safe as possible on the road. 

If you can tell that your brakes are taking a bit of strain, it might be time to pop in to your nearest workshop to detail the problem and to find out how much it might set you back. So how much should you expect to pay for new brake pads in 2020? Let’s explore this a little further. 

Brake Pads and Why They’re Important

Brake pads are a central part of brake discs in any vehicle. They are usually made of steel backing plates with friction material, which is effective for bringing a vehicle to a stop. The backing plates face the disc brake rotor, which also plays a role in how the car reacts to you pushing the brakes. Brake pads are important, because of this very fact; they ensure that the car responds to your reaction time more quickly, they help you in a situation where there may be a potential accident otherwise, and they form a crucial part of keeping your car safe on the road, while also allowing you to come to a stop in regular and unusual conditions.

A General Guideline for Replacing Brake Pads

While consensus can vary on this, generally it makes sense to replace your pads around the 75 000km range, as an average. You’ll be mindful that an average service is usually around 30 000km, so what helps is to ask the technician to check the pads each time, to give you a sense as to how close you are to needing a replacement. Some pads, especially those in the cheaper range, need replacing after 25 000km, with others lasting up until about 40 000km. To get a better sense based on the make and model of your car, have a look at the manual in the cubby and consult an expert if you’re still unsure about when you should be getting it replaced.

Factors Influencing The Price

When looking at getting new brake pads, there are a couple of factors to keep in mind. The brand of the pads, which will be closely linked to the type of car and the model, will affect how much you will be quoted. Also remember that some cars, especially those with additional modifications, or those pulling heavier weights than others, may require specialist parts for the brake system. What helps in the long run, is to consider a service or maintenance plan for your car, especially if it is out of warranty and if you’d rather pay small increments each month, and not have to worry about a big annual bill. 

Average Price of Brake Pads in 2020

New brake pads can set you back anywhere from R2 500 to R10 000, depending on the make and model of your car. This factors in labour as well, which often makes it somewhat of an expensive exercise. There are a couple of things you can try to get the price down a little bit, without skimping on quality. Talk to a couple of workshops about the best brand of pads for your car, and then enquire about quotes from other shops in your area. Ask about their labour rates, and tell the shops that you’re looking for the most affordable rate. Some may offer you a discount on the spot, while others may also give you more details about any specials they may be running at the time. Use this to your advantage, keep your ear to the ground and your eyes on their social media pages, and you may well walk away in the lower price range, for a high quality product. Good luck!