Choosing the right brake pads for your car is not an easy process. There are so many different types, brands, and prices to choose from that it can be overwhelming!

We have put together a few tips to help you make this decision with less hassle.

What Are Brakes for and Why Do They Need to Be Replaced?

Brake pads are the friction material that is used to slow or stop a car, or another moving vehicle. The brake disc is the rotating metal part of your vehicle’s braking system and it comes in contact with the brake pads stopping and slowing down your vehicle.

Over time, pad and disc wear can occur causing poor performance from your brakes. Replacing worn brake pads with new ones will enhance your car’s ability to stop.

How Often Should Your Brakes Be Checked?

Many variables determine how often an owner should replace brake pads. It is recommended that you have your brakes checked as part of a service at least once a year, but there are some simple signs to look out for which will help you decide if they need attention earlier.

You can check this yourself very easily by doing the penny test. If the metal bits of the brake disc is visible, it’s time to replace your brakes.

The Symptoms of Brake Failure

One of the first signs that your brake pads are wearing out is a metal grinding sound. This sound is created by the brake pads rubbing against the metal disc, which creates friction and slows or stops your car.

When worn to a certain extent, this can cause damage to both the pads and discs resulting in expensive repairs. Other symptoms include warped rotors, longer stopping distances, etc.

How Much Does it Cost to Change the Brake Pads on a Car?

The cost of replacing brake pads depends on the make and model of your vehicle. The average cost for this service is approximately £90-120.

An important thing to remember when looking at a brake pad replacement price is that you will need to change both sides (right and left) if they are worn equally. The labour costs contribute towards changing both discs and pads, so if your brake disc is worn too it might be a more expensive job.

What Are Some Signs That You May Need New Brake Shoes or Rotors Soon?

If your car is making a grinding sound when you brake, or if you notice that it takes longer than normal to stop, and the brake pedal is vibrating or pulsing when you come to a standstill, this could mean that your brakes need attention!

If there is visible rust on the disc or pads, this could also indicate they are close to the end of their life.


Have you been ignoring the warning signs that your brakes are on their last leg? If so, it may be time for a trip to get new brake pads or shoes. We’ve listed some of the most common symptoms and how often they should be checked to avoid any serious accidents from happening.

As always, we have experts standing by ready to help you with all of your automotive needs! Contact us today for more information about our services or if you just need a quick answer about something car-related!