Category: Auto Servicing

The Ultimate Brake Rotors Replacement Cost Guide

Although you do not have to replace them as often as brake pads, it is a good idea to know how much brake rotors cost in addition to how much brake pads cost for your car. That way, when you inspect your brakes before going to your mechanic, and he tells you that you need to change them out along with your pads, you will not be taken aback by how expensive it is.

Introduction to Brake Rotors Replacement Cost

Having to replace the brake rotors is a standard part of regular car maintenance. As with your brake pads, your rotors are subject to the wear of friction that occurs each time you apply your brakes. The two components work together. That is, your pads must squeeze down on your spinning rotor to stop your wheels from spinning.

It does not matter how good your brake pads are, or if you are using a top of the line set. If you have rotors with too many imperfections, you will compromise the integrity of your car’s stopping power, as well as allow your brand spanking new pads to wear away much faster than their expected life, which will cost you more in the end.

Lifespan of Brake Rotors

On average, brake rotors last the life of two sets of brake pads. If you are easy on your car, you may be able to resurface your brake rotors to get longer wear time out of them, allowing you to go through the third set of pads. However, you want to make sure that you have not reached the minimum thickness indicator, which is cast into the rotor edge or hat. Resurfacing will cost around $15 per rotor.

This may or may not be cost effective for you, depending on the mechanic or shop you see. If it charges a flat rate for the job type, you will most likely save money. However, as some places charge by the hour, you will probably be better off just getting brand new rotors, which on the most conventional cars, say a Nissan Sentra, cost as little as $28 per rotor.

It takes the same amount of time to install a brand new rotor as it does a resurfaced rotor, but it takes an additional 20 – 30 minutes per rotor to perform a resurface job, and mechanics will charge about $100 per hour. In that case, you might as well get yourself some new rotors and be confident that your brakes will work.

Determining the Cost of Brake Rotors

To determine how much brake rotors will cost you, reference the price list below. We have included the price of brake rotors for the most popular cars on the market. The prices given are for the lowest cost aftermarket rotors that you can find at retailers such as Kragen Auto Parts (Oreilly).

When possible, we have shared pricing on the front / rear rotors for each car listed. If you are unable to find your car on the list, no worries. Just find the most comparable car, and you will have a reasonable estimate.

Coupes and Sedans

Audi A4: $56 / $52
BMW 3 Series: $78 / $77
Cadillac CTS: $62 / $54
Chevrolet Aveo: $36 / $23
Honda Civic: $33 / $27
Dodge Avenger: $38 / $37
Ford Focus: $45
Hyundai Elantra: $40 / $30
Infiniti G Series: $40 / $55
Lexus I Series: $90 for each front rotor / $50
Lincoln MKZ: $63 / $53
Mazda 3: $52 / $34
Mercedes Benz C300: $57 / $44
Mini Cooper: $36 / $30
Nissan Sentra: $45 / $29
Subaru Impreza: $74 / $72
Toyota Corolla: $42
Volkswagen Jetta: $53 / $28


Chevrolet Silverado: $40 / $44
Dodge Ram: $100 / $100
Ford F-150: $73 / $32
Toyota Tacoma: $40
Nissan Frontier: $50 / $34
GMC Sierra: $50 / $42
Honda Ridgeline: $75 / $52


Honda CR-V: $56 / $32
Chevrolet Equinox: $63 / $48
Toyota RAV4: $57 / $32
Ford Explorer: $52 / $37
Kia Sorento: $70 / $40
Jeep Grand Cherokee: $47 / $43
Hyundai Tucson: $60 / $36
Subaru Outback: $32 / $100
GMC Terrain: $63 / $48
Acura MDX: $62 / $50
Nissan Rogue: $45 / $34
Volkswagen Tiguan: $100 / $26
Audi Q5: $76 / $76


Honda Odyssey: $50 / $35
Toyota Sienna: $32 / $26
Dodge Grand Caravan: $52 / $60
Nissan Quest: $40 / $40
Kia Sedona: $56 / $45
Chrysler Town and Country: $52 / $60
Volkswagen Routan: $52 / $60

Ceramic Brake Pads Cost Guide

Ceramic brake pads cost a bit more than necessary semi-metallic brake pads, for several reasons. The next time you need new brake pads, consider the following benefits and advantages of ceramic brake pads. You may find that ceramic pads will be worth the extra cost and accommodate your driving needs.


Ceramic brake pads are specially designed to offer reliable long-term performance. This is made possible with ceramic’s superior robustness and durability, which allows the pads to grind away much slower than steel or cast iron based brake pads. In addition to its excellent wear resistance, ceramic can withstand high levels of heat, the primary by-product of the friction that occurs the brake pads are applied to the rotors. This further minimizes brake fade as well as brake recovery time after each engagement.

Benefits of Ceramic Brake Pads

Ceramic brake pads also offer the driver smoother and quieter operation. This can be contributed to their low friction surface, which when placed against the rotor produces a noise that has a frequency too high for the human ear to sense. Furthermore, ceramic brake pads often feature intermittent copper fibers throughout. Since copper is a much softer metal than either steel or iron, it provides a sort of cushioning and noise dampening effect. This is quite different from the way traditional brake pads work, which feature chopped steel fibers, steel wool, or porous cast iron, all of which are very abrasive and produce a high level of friction as well as unnecessary noise.

Smoother Operation

The smoother operation of ceramic brake pads also offers more cleanliness to the driver. One nasty bi-product of using semi-metallic brake pads is excessive brake dust, which is mainly shavings made as the rotor grinds against them. This not only produces an unsightly brownish black stain on a car’s brake components and rims but also damages the finish and sheen of a car’s tires. While ceramic brake pads also produce brake dust when applied, it is a much lesser amount and much less noticeable. You will surely appreciate this if you own a luxury car, or simply take particular pride of ownership of your car and want to ensure that it always looks nice and clean.

Ceramic Pads Costs and Savings

Although they cost more up front, ceramic brake pads may provide significant savings over the long run. They last three to four times longer than their semi-metallic counterparts. If you factor in the cost of buying three or four sets of semi-metallic brake pads, plus the expense of having someone change them out every time, you will often find that you end up spending much more for them. This does not even include the cost of replacing rotors, which also have to be changed out more frequently when using semi-metallic brake pads due to their high abrasive characteristics. An entire brake job with rotor replacement can easily cost $400 – $500. Compare this to the nominal cost of about $150 – $200 for purchasing and installing ceramic brake pads which are much easier on a car’s rotors and do not have to be replaced as often.

All in all, expect to pay two to three times more for ceramic brake pads as you would for semi-metallic brake pads.

Front Brake Pads Cost

If you want to know how much front brake pads cost, keep in mind that prices will depend on many factors, such as what car you drive, the type of brake pads you want, and brand.

There are several different models of brake pads available. To give you a good idea of what you can expect to pay, here is a general pricing guide on the replacement front brake pads (per pair) for the most popular car models. If you do not see your vehicle listed below, you will many times find that prices on front brake pads will be about the same for similar models offered by your car’s brand.

Coupes and Sedans

Audi A4: $68
BMW 3 Series: $32
Cadillac CTS: $54 – $57
Chevrolet Aveo: $21
Honda Civic: $13 – $19
Dodge Avenger: $21
Ford Focus: $46
Hyundai Elantra: $23
Infiniti G Series: $18
Lexus I Series: $23
Lincoln MKZ: $26
Mazda 3: $22
Mercedes Benz C300: $69
Mini Cooper: $33 – $59
Nissan Sentra: $20
Subaru Impreza: $19
Toyota Corolla: $25
Volkswagen Jetta: $41 – $90


Chevrolet Silverado: $20
Dodge Ram: $60
Ford F-150: $30
GMC Sierra: $20
Honda Ridgeline: $31
Nissan Frontier: $19
Toyota Tacoma: $20


Acura MDX: $41
Audi Q5: $68
Chevrolet Equinox: $23
Ford Explorer: $32
GMC Terrain: $23
Honda CR-V: $25
Hyundai Tucson: $45
Jeep Grand Cherokee: $30
Kia Sorento: $20
Nissan Rogue: $50
Subaru Outback: $22
Toyota RAV4: $25
Volkswagen Tiguan: $55 – $100


Chrysler Town and Country: $40
Dodge Grand Caravan: $40
Honda Odyssey: $25
Kia Sedona: $30
Mazda 5: $22
Nissan Quest: $20
Toyota Sienna: $20
Volkswagen Routen: $40

The prices shown here are for semi-metallic brake pads that you would be able to purchase at big box stores such as Autozone and Pep Boys. Buying from these locations is usually the least expensive option, as they typically cost half as much as their OEM (original equipment manufacturer) replacement counterparts. You will often find that aftermarket brake pads provide comparable, if not better performance.

For the majority of cars, these brake pads cost around $20 – $40. Where most passenger vehicles and trucks will tend to be in the $20 – $30 range, you will notice that most SUVs and vans will be in the $25 – $40+ range.

Front brake pads for Japanese and American cars will usually have a lower cost than they would for European and English cars. For example, Honda, Nissan, Dodge, and Chevrolet will typically incur the least expense, while Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen will incur the highest cost. However, Ford owners may be disappointed to find out that replacement parts for many of the auto maker’s cars are notably more expensive than other American brands. Cadillac is another exception as it is America’s luxury brand, and will also command a higher price tag on its brake pads.

Getting Your First Car & The Costs


A vehicle is perhaps your second largest investment that you are ever going to make in your life after your house. Since it is a huge decision, a lot many factors have to be considered and these elements mainly rotate around the expenditure that will be incurred upon you; and not just the preliminary cost of the car, but all the regular and expected costs that are going to come with it.
Of course if this is your first car then it is very likely that you think your expenditures end with that hefty lump sum payment. Sorry, to have to be the one to burst your bubble, but this is only the first of the car related expenses to expect; there is a long line of expenses that follow soon afterwards.

Registration, Tax and Insurance Costs

It is quite often that prospective buyers overlook the insurance costs even though purchasing an insurance is compulsory (at least third party insurance) in every single state. You cannot drive a car on the road and you cannot have it registered, even if you have a license, without having insurance. The registration, tax deduction and insurance will mostly depend upon the type of the car and your credit etc.
If you add extra coverage to the basic insurance policy to protect yourself and your car, then you can add those extra costs too. However, at an average you can expect it to be well above $1500 annually. But the insurance costs can vary depending upon a variety of things; for example a few of the important ones include the type of cover, the age of the driver, the age of the car, driving record, condition of the car, cost of the car and of course the safety features that have been added to it.

Costs of Fuel and Loan Repayments

You can’t run your car without fuel and with the fluctuating prices of fuel, you will have to budget your weekly or monthly fuel expenditure by keeping a little above the average expected.
What you should also include in your monthly budgeting are the loan repayments if you have purchased the car with 0% annual percentage rate (APR) which is sadly becoming the order of the day. So if the other additional costs weren’t enough for you, add loan repayments as well to add-on costs of your first car.

Maintenance and Repair


A car is a mechanical object, with top of the line technology infused into it to make your driving experience all the more enjoyable and convenient. Brake pads can be one of the cheapest components to change but the prices can still add up! Most of the cars that have been built in the last 5 years are loaded with safety features that literally tell you what you need to know about your car and when you need to know it and extras like auto window tinting can really assist in cooling. Tinting a car’s windows typically costs $100-$150, but you can find specific details and learn more about the process at Window Tinting Prices Data. But every installed item has its own lifetime and your car manual will tell you when to expect a replacement of some of these items.