Everyone knows that brake pads are one of the most important parts of any car. But how many of us know how much they cost? Find out how much you can expect to pay for a brake pad replacement here, as well as:

  • How much a set of brake pads costs
  • How much a set of brake discs costs
  • The average brake pad and disc replacement cost in the UK
  • How long brake pads and discs last
  • What the brake pad warning light is

 

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How Much Do Brake Pads Cost?

A set of two brake pads cost £74.29 on average.

However, front brake pads are more expensive than rear brake pads. As they do the bulk of the braking, they are larger than rear pads. This helps them cope with the weight transfer and braking forces. There are also design differences, such as ventilation, which increase the cost.

This means that you will pay a different amount depending on what brake pads need replacing.

 

Front Brake Pads

For all our brake pad and disc average prices, we compared prices for 19 popular UK models on Eurocarparts and Halfords. As many models had more than one suitable option, we took every available part into account when calculating an average.

A set of front brake pads costs £77.66 on average.

 

Make and Model Average Cost of Front Brake Pad Set
Audi A1 £75.78
BMW 1 Series £133.24
Citroen C1 £57.50
Fiat 500 £59.78
Ford Fiesta £79.52
Ford Focus £62.02
Hyundai i10 £87.62
Kia Sportage £73.44
Mercedes-Benz A-Class £86.94
Nissan Micra £66.90
Nissan Qashqai £86.40
Peugeot 208 £45.66
Renault Clio £52.40
Suzuki Swift £61.12
Toyota Aygo £57.50
Vauxhall Astra £105.44
Vauxhall Corsa £105.64
Volkswagen Golf £92.12
Volkswagen Polo £86.60

 

Rear Brake Pads

A set of rear brake pads costs £70.91 on average.

 

Make and Model Average Cost of Rear Brake Pad Set
Audi A1 £59.52
BMW 1 Series £140.16
Ford Fiesta £38.50
Ford Focus £58.66
Hyundai i10 £58
Kia Sportage £61.16
Mercedes-Benz A-Class £73.64
Nissan Qashqai £82.02
Peugeot 208 £45.08
Suzuki Swift £57.28
Vauxhall Astra £116.76
Vauxhall Corsa £85.24
Volkswagen Golf £72.50
Volkswagen Polo £44.22

 

* Prices unavailable for Citroen C1, Fiat 500, Nissan Micra, Renault Clio and Toyota Aygo.

 

Total Cost

We compared brake pad replacements booked through BookMyGarage to calculate an average price for both front and rear brake pad replacements.

On average, it costs £127.94 to replace front brake pads and £122.23 to replace rear brake pads.

However, when you compare garages for your brake pad replacement, you can save up to 70%! Enter your reg and postcode today to find the cheapest brake pad replacement cost near you.

 

 

How Much Do Brake Discs Cost?

A set of front brake discs costs £80.83 on average and a set of rear brake discs costs £72.98 on average.

 

Make and Model Average Cost of Front Brake Disc Set Average Cost of Rear Brake Disc Set
Audi A1 £71.58 £57.90
BMW 1 Series £159.84 £138.28
Citroen C1 £51.72 N/A
Fiat 500 £60.10 N/A
Ford Fiesta £94.60 £35.86
Ford Focus £90.76 £80.16
Hyundai i10 £59.62 £62.06
Kia Sportage £93.02 £67.08
Mercedes-Benz A-Class £86.90 £68.52
Nissan Micra £72.14 N/A
Nissan Qashqai £123.60 £83.82
Peugeot 208 £41.36 £114.38
Renault Clio £93.98 N/A
Suzuki Swift £59.72 £73.56
Toyota Aygo £51.72 N/A
Vauxhall Astra £76.58 £46.18
Vauxhall Corsa £79.10 £62.66
Volkswagen Golf £87.86 £88.40
Volkswagen Polo £81.58 £42.80

 

However, if you need a brake disc replacement, the mechanic will also replace your brake pads. Generally, brake pads don't last as long, so they will advise replacing both for your safety. But how much does this cost?

 

How Much Do Brake Pads and Brake Discs Cost?

When comparing brake pad and disc replacement costs from garages on BookMyGarage, we discovered that the average cost for front pad and disc replacement is £273.16 and it is £272.02 for the rear.

This includes the cost of labour. In the UK, the average garage charges around £50 an hour - so it's easy to see how it can quickly add up!

 

How Long Does it Take to Change Brake Pads and Discs?

A full brake pad and disc replacement takes between 1 and 3 hours, no matter if you need the front or rear brakes changed.

Changing brake pads on their own takes between 30 minutes and 1 hour.

 

When Do I Need to Change Brake Pads and Brake Discs?

You should change your brake pads every 40,000 miles. They last between 25,000 and 60,000 miles, so they may last longer if you drive smoothly, but you shouldn't expect it. Front brake pads experience a lot of wear and tear because they bear the brunt of the braking process. A mechanic will inspect your brake pads during a car service, so you'll always get an update on their condition when you book one.

Brake discs generally last a little longer than brake pads, but we recommend changing them together anyway. If your brake pads are heavily worn, there's a good chance that your brake discs are reaching the end of their life as well. You should change brake discs every 50,000 miles, even though they can also last longer than this.

Your safety is most important, so forking out for brake pads and discs more regularly is a necessary evil. If you can make your driving style smoother, you'll put less pressure on your brakes and increase their lifespan.

 

What is the Brake Pad Warning Light?

In most modern cars, there is a brake pad warning light that alerts you when you need to replace your brake pads. Generally, this warning light gives you around 1,000 miles of efficient braking to book a replacement.

You shouldn't ignore this warning light. If you see it, it means you have about 3mm wear left on your brake pads. Brand new pads have 8-12 mm of wear, so this much wear makes them very unsafe. Book a brake pad replacement at a garage near you as soon as possible. If your brakes stop working, you will lose control of your car and could have a severe accident.

The brake pad warning light looks like this:

black and white image of brake pad warning light, block circle with semi-circle halves on either side, these halves are split into three blocks and hug the outside of the circle

The brake pad warning light can appear as yellow or red. As usual, yellow means 'it's okay to drive but get to a garage as soon as possible' and red means 'stop driving and get to a garage using your recovery provider'.

 

Book an appointment as soon as you see this.

 

 

Recap

A set of brake pads costs £74.29 on average, with a set of front brake pads costing £77.66 and a set of rear brake pads £70.92. Including labour costs, a front brake pad replacement costs £127.94 and a rear £122.23. A set of front brake discs costs £80.84 and a set of rear ones £72.98.

You should change your brake pads every 40,000 miles and brake discs every 50,000 miles on average. This means a mechanic may suggest a brake pad and disc replacement at the same time to keep your appointment cost-efficient. If you're struggling with your brakes, enter your reg and postcode to compare and save on brake pad and disc replacement near you with BookMyGarage.