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    Hey everyone,

    Well today I took my car into the garage as my brakes have been... well rubbish. Turns out I need new brake discs & pads for the front... and rear!

    So i've been quoted £247 for the whole job, that includes fitting etc

    Now I've seen on eBay the set of pads and discs by mtech for £160.

    In your opinion, what should I do? Should I get the garage to do the whole lot or save £87 and take a whole weekend and buy them and fit myself?

    Answers on a postcard lol

    Cheers

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    If your confident enough with a spanner i would DIY as you can save yorself some cash as its not exactly a hard job to do. Just remember that u need a rewind tool for the rears. All in it should only take a few hours to do tops.

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    I buy the kits at the Parts Department of my local dealership (about £160 in parts, but that's the 314mm front and 292mm rear) then give them to my local mechanic to fit; charges me £50
    Saves £150 over what the dealership wants to charge in labour!

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    I buy the kits at the Parts Department of my local dealership (about £160 in parts, but that's the 314mm front and 292mm rear) then give them to my local mechanic to fit; charges me £50
    Saves £150 over what the dealership wants to charge in labour!
    Well thats the the thing. I'm certain that it will be cheaper buying the parts myself and going to a mech to do it for me but I don't know if they'll just laugh in my face and say no chance because I didn't order the parts from them.

    I suppose I can always ask the question.

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    A discs & pads kit from Vx is all of £80 per axle so as long as you're ok doing the job yourself (which isn't too difficult) there's big savings to be made.

    Of course another question is they NEED changing... or WILL NEED changing ?

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    Shame I'm off now for 4 weeks so all my tools are down in Ipswich otherwise you could have borrowed my tools.

    Don't mind giving you a hand mate. If you've got some tools?

    Need female torx sockets and rewind tool ( can be done with long nose pliers it's just not fun)

    But I'm sure plenty of local garages would do it if not

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    Shame I'm off now for 4 weeks so all my tools are down in Ipswich otherwise you could have borrowed my tools.

    Don't mind giving you a hand mate. If you've got some tools?

    Need female torx sockets and rewind tool ( can be done with long nose pliers it's just not fun)

    But I'm sure plenty of local garages would do it if not

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    To be honest, 250 squid for front and rears isn't too bad a price if you ask me. I've done my own for years now and lost count how many times I've done them on the Vec-C, but I've got a good set of tools and they're not cheap, along with the other things like bleed kits, rewind tools etc. Unless you plan on doing lots of brakes, it may well be easier and cheaper just to give them the car for a few hours and get it sorted instead of trying to source the discs, pads, fluid, bleed kit, rewind tool, spanners, sockets etc etc, then getting halfway through and rounding off one of the bolts...

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    I'm with Penfold101, if the parts are £160, I'd rather spend the £250 and not have the problem of suppling and fitting them myself, personally I don't have the facilities or the tools to do the job properly and by the time you have bought a brake bleed kit and piston rewind tool you are only a few quid away from the labour charge, is it worth it just to save a tenner or so?

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    It seem like your not saving this time, but what about next year or year after that? Then when mrs' car etc needs new brakes all those extra 100 quids add so in long run it's an investment.

    But depends how bothers you are about doing your own work

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