It’s a question we hear quite often: how much does it cost to replace brake pads on a Mazda?
The quick and straight answer is: it depends. It’s not the most satisfying answer. But in this article, we’ll explain the factors in more detail to help you estimate the cost of replacing your brake pads.
Here are the factors to keep in mind when figuring out how much it’ll cost to replace your brake pads:
1. Replacement Brake Pads
We always recommend replacing your brake pads with OEM Mazda brake pads. They use better materials and are higher quality than aftermarket brake pads. A set of OEM replacement brake pads costs about $50-$125, depending on which Mazda you have. They typically cost more at a local shop or Mazda dealer, as they will mark up the parts about 30%.
A shop technician can replace a set of brake pads in a matter of 30 minutes, but the shop may still charge you for a full hour of labor. The usual rate for labor at shops is $100 per hour. So basically you’d be paying someone $100 to replace your brake pads.
If you’re somewhat inexperienced when it comes to replacing brake pads, the project might take an hour if you do it yourself. Your labor isn’t free, so you have to figure out how much the project will “cost” you in terms of using up your time. It’s pretty easy to figure it out – all you have to do is to determine how much your time is worth on an hourly basis. For example, if you value your time at $30 per hour, the project will “cost” you $30 in labor.
In a Nutshell
First, determine whether you want to have a shop replace your brake pads or do it yourself. Next, look up your Mazda in our catalog to find how much a set of replacement pads will cost you. Add 30% if you’re planning on having a shop replace the pads for you. The last step is to add the labor cost. Either $100 if you’re having a shop do it, or your hourly rate if you’re replacing the pads yourself. Now, you have an accurate estimate of how much such a project will cost.
If your time is valued at less than $100 per hour, then it’s much cheaper to replace your brake pads at home. You can order a set of genuine OEM Mazda brake pads from our catalog or see if your car is in this list of the most popular brake pads on our website: