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Old 05-04-2008, 11:22 PM   #1
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Buy brakes, free labour???

I passed by a shop a couple days ago that had a sign out saying "Buy Brakes, Free Labour". It was like a Midas or Quiet Brake and Muffler, or somewhere. Anyone ever encounter this and went along with it. I'm wondering if it's actually true.

I need to change my brakes tommorow.
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Yeah man..Its like getting a free Plasma screen with every mattress. The brick gets a bulk deal on the tv's for next to nothing and adds the cost into your mattress.

So in the case of Midas or whatever they simply overcharge you so badly for the materials (Brakes) that the labor is included in the price. (aka Free) im not saying they wont do a good job, but thats how they can do it for "free"
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Old 05-07-2008, 11:36 PM   #3
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meh did it myself. lol. cost me the cost of brakes (raybeats from lordco) and machining the rotors, 10 bucks a pop. took me an hour to do all four.
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where'd you get your rotors machined?
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any shop like lordco etc, or even brake shops.

Markup on raybestos shit is so expensive at shops it's discusting. 120$ for 2 rotors when they cost the shop 25$ each.
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any shop like lordco etc, or even brake shops.

Markup on raybestos shit is so expensive at shops it's discusting. 120$ for 2 rotors when they cost the shop 25$ each.
Yep midas charged my mom $80 for a footlong flex pipe. Which cost like less than $30 at most shops
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any shop like lordco etc, or even brake shops.

Markup on raybestos shit is so expensive at shops it's discusting. 120$ for 2 rotors when they cost the shop 25$ each.
You have to understand that shops need to make money to continue. Lordco gets the rotors for like $3-5 for one and sell it to shops @ 5x the price.

Edit: Also, a few years back (maybe 5 or so) rotors did cost the shop about $40 a piece. Even though the cost has gone down, there really isn't a good reason to lower the price (too much) that is charged.
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I got an in at lordo. lol. i know one of the owners.
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sometimes do it yourself is good just ask for advice at times save lots or $ sometimes but be careful!
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meh did it myself. lol. cost me the cost of brakes (raybeats from lordco) and machining the rotors, 10 bucks a pop. took me an hour to do all four.
I really want to tackle replacing my rotors and pads, is this difficult to do? Do you need a lot of special tools? My vehicle's a '95 nissan 200sx.
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not too hard

i know acura charges $250 for brake pad change and machining rotors
if done 4 brake pads and 4 rotors = over $500


did it myself at work

took me about 1.5 hours since i did all 4 pads and rotors
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