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Rear & front Discs & pad price differential

My friend has a 59 plate renault megane imusic 1.6 and currently needs to replace front and read discs and pads. She has got quotes from 3 different garages, one garage quoting 163 for the rears, another garage has quoted 600+. When she asked why it was so much they explained that the rear discs have some sort of ABS sensor incorporated into the disc. The other garages haven't said the same? Is this something known, or is it safe to go with the lower quote?
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Re: Rear & front Discs & pad price differential

You've asked so here goes.
Generalities but hopefully help you make a more informed decision.

Brake replacements are a standard job that any garage set up should regard as bread and butter and not load prices for unknowns/contingencies.
In that respect I would expect very similar labour times plus the parts price.

First part is the labour price and there is a significant difference across the industry.
Main Dealers (Doesn't matter which make) are most expensive generally charging around 90 pounds per hour
National Franchises (Like Kwik Fit) second around 50 quid/hour
Smaller garages from around 40 to maybe as high as 60/hour.

So ask em, how many hours and how much per hour ?
If someone is telling you twice as many hours, chances are they are either trying to rip off a naive customer or are just plucking a figure out of the air.
The national franchises and main dealers work from "standard" hours so will usually give a better idea of the time it should take.

Parts pricing can also vary. Again, main dealers will be priciest. Then franchises, then independants. Again, the latter may be trying it on so ask the parts price.
You can price up the normal retail price yourself by going to a spares shop and asking for prices..just give them your reg number and they'll sort em out for you, check on ebay for pricing, use an online supplier like Europarts, again, just pop your reg number in and you'll get all the info you need.

Espect the parts price to be around retail except at main dealers who will be significantly more.
Garages buy at trade and sell at retail. Good ones at less then retail, poor ones at more. Don't begrudge em a profit margin, do object if they are trying it on.

People that come out with spurious reasons for the cost are ripping you off or just guessing. ABS rings are a standard on many modern cars if not all. Yes, it means the discs are a little more expensive but not over 400 hundred quid.
Do ask what make the parts are and check the make. There are cheap knock offs/fakes and can be dangerous. Too cheap for parts, be suspicious. It's someones life with brake failure.

Don't be afraid to negotiate. Franchises will usually knock off 10% without hesitation if the price is queried, can be pushed to 15%.
Independants tend to work on tighter margins but don't ask, don't get, even a tenner or a discount for cash adds up.

Knowledge is power. So do your homework and shop around. Nothing wrong with taking the low price just do it with your eyes open.

Final, check it is a quote, not an estimate. Quotes are firm and price you pay is what is quoted. Estimates are that and final price can vary. Less honest places will find "problems" during the job and load the estimate.
Problems can occur but an honest place will phone you, if say they find a leaky caliper, and tell you before going ahead with replacing it.
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Re: Rear & front Discs & pad price differential

My son in law had his rears done a while back scenic 2 1.6 he decided to get the parts himself ..picked one ebay seller and gave all the info they requested inc his reg..turns out that the parts [discs] were the wrong ones for his car but the pads were correct..but to cut to the chase the job was done in the end for 210 and that included one lower ball joint as as D.D has said above prices can vary quite a bit..good comprehensive post from D.D there as well..he covered everything well..
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Re: Rear & front Discs & pad price differential

The rear discs incorporate not only the ABS reluctor ring but also the wheel bearing. So the cost of a bare disc is always going to be less than a complete unit.

Transferring the bearing is time consuming and not without the risk of the bearing and ring becoming damaged during the change over process from the old units to the new so whilst you may have had a quote for bare discs the cost of materials could dramatically increase during the work. Some members of the forum have encountered such problems and their recommendation would be to ensure you go for the complete units. Whilst they may be more expensive the labour cost will be less and any warranty is more likely to be better.

It would do no harm to check a Renault dealers prices. A few years back I got genuine rear discs (complete units) for a similar model for less than a local motor factor could supply all the necessary parts - plus I had the added bonus of saving about 50% of the labour costs on fitting.

Beware of some cheap quotes - it may be a ruse to get you in through the door and when they have your brakes dismantled you end up being caught between a rock and a hard place.

In my opinion I suggest you go for having complete units fitted.
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Re: Rear & front Discs & pad price differential

I'm not sure if it's actually possible to remove the bearing from the old disc (hub) without destroying it as the edges of the bearing aren't accessible from the front are they?


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