My wife's car's rear brakes need replacing. I'm not a car guy.
I know you're not my mechanic, but I have a general car-brake question. The rear brakes on my wife's 2002 VW Jetta need replacing, and that's far, far beyond either of our DIY capabilities. So, I have a few questions.
1. The dealer quoted us about $340 to do the job. Is this high (I live in Portland, if it matters), or is this about what it should cost? I have an institutional distrust of car dealer maintenance pricing for some reason, but I have no basis for comparison since I've never really done this before.
2. I was thinking of going to a Les Schwab
also, but is there a dropoff in quality when you don't use dealer parts?
3. What about a neighborhood mechanic? How can I find out if a shop in my area is trusted and does good work - is there a Yelp for mechanics?