Cost of Replacing Brakes and Rotors at a Local Shop

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Jackson Harris asked 5 months ago
I'm curious about the average cost of replacing all four brakes and rotors at a local repair shop. I have two vehicles: a 2014 Mazda 3 and a 2014 Jeep Patriot Latitude. I've received quotes around $800 for each vehicle, which seems quite high. I remember mechanic prices being much lower 8-10 years ago. Has there been a significant increase in these costs recently, or am I just out of touch with current rates?
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Zack Norman Staff answered 5 months ago
Hi there, Jackson! The cost of replacing brakes and rotors can indeed vary based on several factors like the type of vehicle, the quality of parts (OEM vs aftermarket), and labor rates. For your 2014 Mazda 3 and 2014 Jeep Patriot Latitude, a quote of around $800 each is within the normal range these days, especially if it's from a reputable shop. Here's a breakdown of what influences the cost:
  1. Type of Vehicle: Different vehicles require different parts. Some rotors can be as cheap as $20, while others might cost $200 or more each.
  2. Quality of Parts: OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts tend to be more expensive than aftermarket parts. However, they're often recommended for better compatibility and performance.
  3. Labor Costs: Labor rates have risen in recent years due to inflation and increased operational costs for shops.
  4. Location: Prices can also vary based on your location and the local economy.
Your experience of mechanic prices almost doubling over the past 8-10 years isn't uncommon. Factors like inflation, parts shortages, and increased demand for skilled labor have contributed to this rise. However, it's always a good practice to shop around and get multiple quotes to ensure you're getting a fair deal. Some shops offer to reduce the cost if you supply your own parts, but this often comes at the expense of losing warranty coverage on the service. Also, many mechanics are hesitant to use customer-supplied parts due to liability issues if the parts fail. Lastly, if you're mechanically inclined, consider DIY as an option. It can be more cost-effective, especially if you have the necessary tools. Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team