How Much Does Brake Pad Replacement Cost in 2023? | Checkatrade
Review a Trade

Have you completed a project recently? Let your tradesperson know how they did.

Advice Centre

Get Inspired! Check the latest industry expertise and read insider tips from our vetted tradespeople.

Search For A Trade

We interview and vet all our tradespeople to ensure they meet our high standards.

Join Checkatrade

Join us and benefit from the millions of potential customers who use Checkatrade to find reliable tradespeople.

Advice Centre

Grow your business! Check out top tips and expert advice for boosting your reputation online.

Login To Your Account

Edit your profile, view callback requests and ask for feedback from customers.

Last updated on August 18th, 2022

How much does brake pad replacement cost?

If you’ve ever felt a judder or heard scraping when using the brake pedal, it could be time to replace your brake pads. Use our guide to find out the average cost for brake pad replacement based on engine size and location.
Hiring Advice Practical measures for preventing scams and choosing reputable trades

Brake pads typically need to be replaced every 50,000 miles or so. Inevitably, there will be an upfront brake pad replacement cost when that time comes.

When you consider the safety risks of driving with faulty brakes, it’s definitely a cost that’s worth spending!

How much does it cost to replace brake pads and discs?

Engine sizeFront pads costFront pads and discs costRear pads costRear pads and discs cost
Up to 1300cc£104.95£189.95£99.85£184.95
Up to 1600cc£114.95£204.95£109.95£199.95
Up to 1900cc£119.95£214.95£114.95£209.95
Up to 2200cc£129.95£229.95£124.95£224.95
Over 2200cc£134.95£239.95£129.95£234.95

Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now

The average cost of replacing brake pads and discs in the UK depends in on a number of factors, including the make of your car, its engine size and your location.

Cost of replacing brake pads and discs by location

LocationAverage Cost (+VAT)
Glasgow £189

Glasgow is one of the cheapest cities for getting your brake pads and discs replaced, with an average cost of £189.

Meanwhile, London has the highest average cost, at £276.50.

Take a look at these average brake pad disc replacement costs in our table to get an idea of how they differ across the UK.

Cost of replacing brake pads and discs by car make

In general, brake pad disc replacement costs get higher with more premium car brands, although there are exceptions.

Amongst the most expensive brands are BMW and Mercedes. The cost of replacing brake pads and discs on a BMW is £377.50 on average, while for a Mercedes that figure stands at £358.

At the cheaper end, you’ll find Toyota cars, with an average cost of just £198.50.

FAQs about brake pad replacement

How much does it cost to replace brake pads alone?

brake pads and discs costIt’s considered best practice to replace your brake pads every time your brake discs get replaced.

However, because brake pads are made of a softer material than metal brake discs, you’ll find that they wear out faster and will usually need replacing more frequently.

To give you an idea of prices, a Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 has an average brake pad replacement cost of £89, compared to £175 to replace both the pads and the discs. Similarly, you’ll be looking at a brake pad replacement cost of around £154 for a Volkswagen Golf 1.4, compared to £264 for replacing the brake pads and discs together.

How often should you replace brake pads?

Brake pads usually need to be replaced every 50,000 miles.

That said, depending on factors like how often you use your brakes and how much weight you put in your car, they could last anywhere from 25,000 to 70,000 miles.

With the average driver covering around 12,000 miles each year, you’re likely to need to budget for the cost of brake pad replacements every four to five years.

Can I save on brake pad replacement costs by doing it myself?

You might be tempted to save on the cost of brake pad replacement by trying your hand at it yourself. We’d only recommend this if you know what you’re doing, though – the dangers associated with faulty brakes are just too high to risk a bodged job!

To find a trusted mechanic near you and get a tailored brake pad replacement cost for your car, just use our free search feature below.

See the tradespeople we've checked and recommend for your job
The Checkatrade guarantee
The Checkatrade guarantee

When you contact a trade through Checkatrade, our guarantee could cover you for up to 12 months. You can claim up to £1,000. Exclusions and T&Cs apply.

Tell us what you think

Please note, you cannot leave a review, or contact a tradesperson by commenting.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

What others think of this article:

No comments yet!

Also in this project

How to pass your MOT

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. With over 600 ways to fail, there are few of us who truly relish the annual MOT....

Read more
How much does it cost to replace coil springs in 2023?

Over time, natural wear and tear from overuse cause the coil springs in your car to lose elasticity. Getting them replaced can ensure a smooth drive, improving comfort and safety for you and your pass...

Read more
How much does electric car charger installation cost?

From slow chargers to fast chargers, our cost guide is the ideal way to find the right charger for your home. Find out the ballpark electric car charger installation cost to expect for your installati...

Read more