Ever since the 1930s, there was a price war for brake work. eighty-five years ago, the workshops were advertising boards as A on changing the brake lining to the low price of $ 19.99, but complained of “The Barateros” selling jobs brake $ 9.99 to side of the road.
Today we see almost the same situation. Some car dealerships, chains and independent repairers work still offer cheaper brakes. Today the price is around $ 150. Instead of barateros, workshops now complain of a guy on Craigslist announces a brake job for around $ 40 if you are provided the pills.
The workshops offer cheaper brakes work they do for several reasons, the most important is that they are afraid to charge more than the competition in the area and perhaps lose a customer. Some work almost treated as a form of brake loss for the shop and customers to inspect the vehicle by other things. While this may work for some small businesses, not work for a traditional repair shop that has built its customer base and profitability in the long term.
Cheap brakes = Result Barato
Most manufacturers estimate that only requires replacement pills 0.9 hours of labor. While the replacement of a rotor is approximately 0.2 to 0.4 hours depending on the vehicle. According to the latest Workshop brakes and front profile, the average rate of labor is $ 72 per hour. With 0.9 hours, or about $ 65, profit margins begin to decrease. The brakes work completed in less than 0.9 hours require shortcuts that are not recommended, as measure the lateral deflection of the rotor or the mass and not clean and lubricate the guide pin and slippers.
Then comes the search for the pills. At the end there is always cheap pills, but when you choose this option, is decreasing drastically the life of the pills, vehicle safety and customer satisfaction.
Workshops performing work cheap brake are making the dangerous assumption that your average customer only needs a certain quality of performance around town and sacrifice better quality for the price. But the little old ladies handled with both feet.
There are trucks towing boats. Is it really worth taking risks when installing brake pads cheap in order to advertise and maybe make a little profit on a special brake work?
The Value of Quality
Buying a quality brake pad is like buying medicine. When you buy a legal drug, you are not only paying the cost to manufacture, package and market the pill. Most of what you are paying is for research and development of it. The same is true for the brake pads.
Brake pad aftermarket require a lot of testing and engineering that are made for a specific vehicle. A manufacturer of brake pads quality spend much time and money in developing an application for the brakes of your vehicle. This includes the simulated test and vehicle. Such tests require time and equipment.
For example, a brake dynamometer, it may be more sophisticated and larger than an engine dynamometer. Brake dynamometers can simulate the conditions experienced by a brake system in a much shorter time. This means that a brake dynamometer can simulate the capabilities of mass, inertia and vehicle performance.
A common brake dynamometer can cost between $ 250,000 (used) to more than $ 1 million. Some suppliers of brake friction material have dynamometers, while some others rent dynamometers testing companies.
Regularly there is a sentence in advertising cheap brakes work that says: “Grinding of rotors or drums Extra.” By not rectify the rotors in each brake job you are exposing your workshop to a return that can wipe out any profit made in a cheap brake work.
If you look at most replacement procedures pads OE, usually they say that if the rotor is within specifications, it is not necessary to rectify the rotor (assuming you’re taking time for a brake job for measuring the lateral deviation and thickness variation). However, these procedures assume that you are using exactly the same materials that friction in the vehicle.
Some ceramic pellets and NAO (non asbestos organic), a layer of friction material sticks to the surface of the rotor. The layer always wears and replenished by the brake pad during braking. This layer can not be washed by water or an abrasive disk and can only be removed with a winch brake. If this layer is not removed, the new pads can become contaminated and not develop their potential braking.
At a minimum, you should check the thickness and lateral deviation of the rotor. The use of a winch brake on the vehicle or plates lateral deviation correction takes time, so you should charge for it.
The hardware never Extra
Coupons brake work almost always come with the clause: “The hardware is extra”. But the new hardware is essential to protect the investment of the driver in a job appropriate brakes. The heat and cooling cycles can weaken the springs and clips noise. Weak hardware components can cause excessive movement of the tablet or gag, or that they get stuck, which will cause noise and other problems. This can cause premature and uneven wear, a warped rotor and a tug on the vehicle.
Most floating brake calipers use a rubber boot or an insulating plastic or wedge around the mounting bolts gag. As the materials wear begin to flatten oval shaped due to the torque of the brakes, which can cause excessive movement of the jaw. Broken boots can also let water into the holes of the guide pins, causing noise and squeaks even if the brakes are applied.
The fitting protects the pads and ensure a long life thereof.
Ask your best customers
Cheap brakes work can artificially inflate the count vehicles in the short term, but not attract customers who will build the profitability of your business long term.
Analyze your major customers. For most of the workshops, these major customers represent a large percentage of its revenue and more profits. These come more than once and recommend your shop to your friends. If you ask them why they come to your shop, most likely not going to say for the price. They often say that trust and service.
Cheap jobs brakes are also an inventory problem. His workshop will work only certain hours you can sell a day. A fixed price per hour of work for cheap labor brake is not as profitable as one hour of work for a major repair on the vehicle – but not doing brake jobs is also not a solution.
The solution is to brake jobs where the best quality parts with labor prices that reflect reality and not what the workshop across the street is willing to take use them. The customer really wants more than the price.