Where should I get my car's brakes checked?
September 20, 2012 1:19 PM Subscribe
I need my car's brakes looked at. Where should I have this done, and should I expect to pay for it? How much?
posted by needs more cowbell to travel & transportation around Berkeley, CA (15 answers total)
When I had my oil changed (at an independent oil-change-only place) the guy said I should have my back brakes looked at. This seems about right--I can brake OK but I've been having a faint feeling something might be wearing out, and the last time I had brakes fixed or inspected was 10,000 miles ago.
I know some places (often chains) advertise free brake inspections. Should I take it to one of those? My concern with that is that those places might say stuff needs to be replaced even if it doesn't. I'd trust an independent mechanic more but not sure if those would do free inspections.
I'm also not sure how awkward or rude it'd be if they say to replace something and then I don't take the car there. I mean, obviously I can do it, but would that make me an ass? How much time does a brake inspection take?
Random bonus points if you have a suggestion for a place to do this in the Berkeley/Oakland area.