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Hello all - Ive just had the advisory at service that my front and rear discs and pads need replacing. KIa quoted me nearly £800 for the pleasure! Im shopping around now, however, what would be deemed reasonable.
 

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I would suggest looking elsewhere. As a guide, I'd expect to pay around £200 per end. Cost me a lot less than that when I had my front pads/discs changed on my ceed gt. I even specified the brand, not just their cheapest.
 

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Hello all - Ive just had the advisory at service that my front and rear discs and pads need replacing. KIa quoted me nearly £800 for the pleasure! Im shopping around now, however, what would be deemed reasonable.
Have you actually checked they they need doing. In my experience such advisories are usually a money making scam. You don't say how many miles its done but after 50,000 the front dics/pads on our Ceed were still fine and the rears hardly worn. Never changed the rear discs on any car and only changed the rear pads once and that was after 70,000 miles.

If you cannot inspect them yourself (a jack, wheelbrace torch and a Mk 1 human eye are sufficient) then go to a local garage that your friends use.

Here is an example of a garage that tried to rob us. Car went in for 1st service and MOT at 36,000 miles approx, it passed but we were told it needed new front pads within a few thousand miles. Should add that at this time there were no such thing as advisories, it passed or failed. I took off the front wheels and the pads were fine. 12 months and 12,000 miles later it was service and MOT time, passed but again they told us it needed new front pads, now urgent they said. Since I had checked before we took it I knew 100% they were trying it on. 12 months later I checked and still OK (but getting close - would not last another 12 months), car serviced and passed MOT with no mention of front pads. After about 6 months on a nice warm and dry summers day I changed the pads for just a few pounds.

Just remember the 3 rules of dealing with garages. Rule 1 All mechanics are liars. Rule 2 All mechanics are liars. Rule 3 Refer to rules 1 & 2.
 

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Agree with Back again. My wife's Peugeot popped advisorie on front pads and discs. I knew they were fine. The pads lasted a further two years and the discs lasted at least a further 9 years until the car was Pexed..

Also the price you have been quoted seems high to say the least. These are wear items so no warranty to worry about. Take it to a local brake specialist (NOT the national chain brands - an indy) and ask them to advise and quote for replacement if needed.
 

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Thank you all. Ive got the advisory here. I have no reason to not believe them, they confirmed the battery in the car was working as it should because ive been finding the battery dying after a week of non use - they could have said i needed a new one if theyre trying to pull a fast one. Ive used them for 3 years now and theyve always been useful.

Advisory notes.

Front pads 60% worn. discs lipped and starting to corrode
Rear pads 70% worn. Discs close to min thickness rec change with pad
 

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Thank you all. Ive got the advisory here. I have no reason to not believe them, they confirmed the battery in the car was working as it should because ive been finding the battery dying after a week of non use - they could have said i needed a new one if theyre trying to pull a fast one. Ive used them for 3 years now and theyve always been useful.

Advisory notes.

Front pads 60% worn. discs lipped and starting to corrode
Rear pads 70% worn. Discs close to min thickness rec change with pad
If the battery is dying after a week of non use there is a problem with it.

If pads are 60% worn there is 40% left. Discs are always lipped, its what heppens, the pads do not go all the way to edge. All discs rust, they are made of unprotected iron, what do you expect.

Same applies to rears but if they are the originals front and back there is no way the rears should be more worn han the fronts.

You say you have no reason not to believe them so why ask. We all agree they are trying it on (price wise at least) but its your decision.
 

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60% and 70% does not require changing yet. Lipped discs - that old chestnut! - all used discs have a lip - normal. Rear disc - might be right but unusual for more wear than the fronts. I would check myself but if you can't/don't want to then seek a second opinion.
 

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Thanks all - it wouldn't have alerted me at all if it wasn't for the price. I know main dealers charge more but even i know thats taking the proverbial!

Re: the battery - i rarely use the car - maybe once a week if that, so i bought myself a charger and charge it when i can. Out of interest, what is a good make, the local discount motor spares shop have Platinum batteries, ive not heard of these and cant find any info on the internet. Changing a bteery looks fairly straight forward but with the onboard computers etc, is it best for me to get someone to do it?
 

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My last advisory on the pads was false. I changed them anyway. My rears had a wear bracket that makes a noise when too low.
Sounds like you are not into spanners so I would find a local trusted mechanic to do the job.

Re the battery, if you want to replace it, I tend to use :
Battery Megastore offering next day delivery with cheap prices
Just plug in your reg and choose the battery from the list. They are helpful if you are unsure, and usually deliver the next day within reason depending on when ordered.
 

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I did disks all round, pads all round, four tyres and a full wheel refurb for circa £900 : 1st Tyre & Brake Change @ 59k

Pads, disks and hardware were very reasonably priced from brakes international - I can check the invoice prices if you want ?

WD :)
 

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I did disks all round, pads all round, four tyres and a full wheel refurb for circa £900 : 1st Tyre & Brake Change @ 59k

Pads, disks and hardware were very reasonably priced from brakes international - I can check the invoice prices if you want ?

WD :)
Thanks - i think im going to get my mobile mechanic to check everything over. Problem is he's always so hard to get hold of! haha
 

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Eurocarparts. Put you reg number in, it identifies the vehicle and shows you the parts.
As an example I've put in my details for a AWD 2.0Ltr diesel 2017.
I tend to go for pagid as they are OEM and have a zinc coating (silver anyway).
Pagid discs front and rear £198.62
Pagid pads front and rear £ 72.58
Total £281.20
That's with a current discount of 45%. They do as many discount days as DFS have sales. 45% comes round not quite as regularly, but frequently.
Of course other suppliers are available and as someone suggested Kia parts UK may have a good price. Parts prices do seem to be edging up - Brexit? Covid?
I gave mine a brake service in November at 27,000 miles. All caliper slides cleaned and lubricated as required. Rear pads were fine as were the fronts but I did replace the fronts as there was moderate wear.
As far as the discs go I knocked off all the flaky rust around the circumference and sanded off the lip using an abrasive pad on an angle grinder. Freshened up the black paint on the disc hub.
Everything was fine really and didn't need doing but I believe in preventative maintenance. Brakes are not part of normal annual service schedules unless particularly high mileage. i have found over the years that at about 3 years they can show signs of corrosion related issues to sliding mechanisms which can result in pads sticking and premature wear.
 
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