Brake Information, Pricing & Cost Estimates

Brakes: Signs & Symptoms of Failure

Servicing your brakes is a necessary part of your car, truck, or SUV's vehicle maintenance. But for many car owners, maintaining a vehicle's brakes is often overlooked. Keeping your brakes in good working order can also help prevent costly repairs down the road. Below are frequently asked questions about brake repairs.


Frequently Asked Questions About Brake Repairs & Replacements

How do you know when you need new brake pads?

The usual signs of failing brake pads include low brake fluid (warning lights) and the inability to stop abruptly. Additionally, you may notice the brake pedal feels soft/spongy, the vehicle is pulling to the side, or the car vibrates or is generally hard to control when braking. These are all symptoms of bad brake pads, brake shoes or related components.

How do you know when you need new brake rotors?

The most common sign of bad rotors: grinding; metal-on-metal sounds when you press the brakes. This is usually because your brake pads have worn down entirely, resulting in the rotors and brake pads making metal to metal contact. Once you hear the grinding sound, a complete brake job is usually the only solution.

If your brakes are acting weird, they're shuddering, your brake warning light is on or they're just not working right, it's best to call us at 888-858-7418 or schedule an appointment for an inspection.

How often should I replace the brakes on my car?

Brake pad life varies depending on your driving habits. If you commute in heavy traffic and use your brakes often, you'll need to get an inspection more frequently. 

What is included in a brake job or brake repairs?

A brake job or brake repairs usually involves replacing the brake linings (which means replacing the brake pads and/or shoes), resurfacing or replacing the rotors and/or drums, adding new brake fluid or bleeding the system as needed, and looking for other worn components.

How much does it cost for brake repairs or brake replacement?

The cost for any type of brake service or repair is dependent on your specific model type and the type of repairs that are needed. Some basic pricing for diagnostics is as follows (pricing is subject to change):

  • BMW - Starting at $75
  • MINI - Starting at $75
  • Cadillac - Starting at $173.50 and goes up to $900
  • Volvo - Starting at $173.50 and goes up to $900
  • Jaguar - Starting at $89
  • Land Rover - Starting at $89
  • Hyundai - Starting at $157 and goes up to $399
  • Genesis - Starting at $157 and goes up to $399
The above pricing quotes do not include taxes or fees, and they do not factor in your unique location or any related repairs that may also be needed.


Is it worth getting your brakes done at a dealership?

Absolutely. The best place to have brake repair or replacement performed is at a BMW, MINI, Cadillac, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Hyundai or Genesis dealership because we use original OEM parts, although it can bill out a little higher than independent shops, our mechanics are OEM factory-trained, certified and current on education requirements. Unlike independent shops, who may cut costs by using inferior aftermarket parts and non-certified technicians. Learn more about original OEM parts vs aftermarket parts here.

The automotive industry is constantly in a state of change. Every year, awesome new vehicles with new never-before-seen features are released. With all the recent rapid advancements in tech, these changes are happening more dramatically than they ever have before and it's best to have knowledgeable and trustworthy certified techs from Patrick Cars work on your car, truck, or SUV.

The best advice is to bring it to us, our skilled service professionals can give you a quote customized for your car and its demands. To learn more, simply contact us by calling 888-858-7418 or submit an inquiry. Or if you're ready to schedule your brake repairs or brake replacements today, click "Schedule Service" below.

This is where you belong, no matter how many miles your car has traveled to get here. At Patrick Cars, you'll benefit from the expertise of our Certified Trained Technicians, the quality of Original OEM Parts, and transparent, up-front pricing that fits you and your car.

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