Think your car's brake pads or discs need replacing? We carry out 1,000s of brake repairs, and operate a Price Match Promise - we won't be beaten Like for Like.
Based in Orpington, here at the Prestige Cars Kent Service Centre, we service and repair more than 1,500 cars a year. With our premium Wi-Fi Business Lounge, and state-of-the-art service bays, we have the equipment and know-how to work on any make and model.
If you’re between services and worried about the performance of your car’s brakes, we can carry out a free, no-obligation brake Health Check. We then have the expertise to carry out brake fluid changes and can fit brake pad or disc replacements. We’ll let you know the key measurements so you can plan your car maintenance into the future.
Most importantly, we know you want a fair service at a good price. Being an independent, family-owned business, we’ll only suggest work that’s required. We also operate a Price Match Promise against any like-for-like service.
What you need to know: the signs of failing car brakes
Most people can tell when their brakes don't quite feel as good as they did, but it's tricky to diagnosis what the issue is. That's why we offer to carry out a free diagnosis if you suspect an issue. We can then give you an overview of wear with a Brake Health Check, providing you with an estimate of how soon elements of your car's braking system will need attention or replacing.
Indicative signs that there’s an issue within your braking system include:
If you notice any of the warning signs above, we recommend you making a booking as soon as possible. Our friendly, experienced technicians will identify and fix the issue, so you can get back on the road safely as soon as possible.
This is difficult to answer as it depends on how the car is driven. Brake pads and discs last far longer on a car used mainly a motorway, as the brakes won’t be used very often. However, the same mileage in busy centre traffic will wear the brakes far faster – in less than 25,000 miles.
Typically brake pads need changing when they have less than 3mm of material left. This won’t necessarily mean the discs need changing, as they tend to last longer than brake pads.
Not necessarily. Brake discs should significantly outlast brake pads, but they can warp when subjected to extreme heat (i.e. sustained heavy braking) which you can feel as a vibration through the brake pedal.
There is normally a manufacturer’s limit of a safe thickness of a brake disc before they need replacing. You can request the thickness during your next car service, or ask for a specific brake health check.
Where people end up having to prematurely change their brake discs is when they allow their pads to get so low that metal on metal on contact happens, damaging discs. Therefore, it’s a false economy – if you suspect there’s an issue, get your brakes checked out!
If you hear a grinding noise, that could be that the brake pads are down to their minimum level, or even worse down to the bear metal of the pad’s backing plate.
If your car’s brake pedal is soft, then it’s likely that a brake fluid change is needed. Over time, water can get into the brake lines and that causes the spongey feeling and ultimately reduces the car’s braking capability.
If your car is pulling to the left or right under braking, this indicates a sticking brake disc or caliper. This is normally backed up with one of your alloy wheels having a build-up of dark brake dust residue; far more than the other wheels.
As a family owned, independent business, we want you to feel comfortable. Get in touch with us online to request a quote and booking, or alternatively call us on 01689 664 769.
Don't forget to ask how you can save in conjunction with any other work, like a car service or MOT.