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When you take your car in for auto body work, the mechanic will have a lot of work to do. Each minute that the mechanic spends prepping your car to make the repairs is money that you will owe when the repairs are finished. So, is there anything that you can do to make the mechanic's job a little easier and lower the cost of the repairs for you? This blog is all about preparing vehicles for auto body repairs. Here, you will learn what prep-work you can do at home so that the repairs are completed more quickly and the cost is less.

auto body prep-work to do yourself

What Are The Differences Between Brakes Pads?

by Jeremy Hudson

If your vehicle needs to have the brakes serviced, you may have discovered that you are in need of new brake pads. However, there are plenty of options available that can make the buying process overwhelming. Here are some things to consider when buying brake pads.

The Warranty

The first thing you'll want to look at is the warranty, since they can be vastly different between manufacturers. You may find it worth paying extra for a brake pad that offers a longer warranty so that you do not have to pay for the brake pads failing prematurely. Some manufacturers even offer a lifetime warranty on the brake pads. If you trust the manufacturer, it may be worth paying more for the better warranty if it is offered. 

The Material

Organic brake pads are the cheapest material of the three types of brake pads, but they offer the worst performance. They are often used in lighter vehicles where the brake pads can help the car stop quickly, and they are not used for larger trucks where there is a lot more weight behind the vehicle when braking. These pads are made from a combination of materials like fiberglass and rubber and are bonded together with a resin. It's likely that you have these brake pads on your new vehicle, which is why the brakes may have worn out very quickly at first. 

Semi-metallic brake pads are going to be in the middle in terms of price range and have a high performance that rivals ceramic brake pads. Many drivers love semi-metallic brake pads due to them not making much noise when using the brakes, especially when compared to organic or ceramic brake pads. 

Ceramic brake pads are made with a combination of copper fibers that are embedded in a ceramic material that is very durable. That durability comes at the cost of making more noise when braking your vehicle and paying more money for the brake pads themselves. 

The Certification

Be aware that brakes pads have different certifications so that you know they are high quality. This is the best way to ensure that the brake pads you buy are meeting the standards set by the certification organizations. If you see BEEP or D3EA certification on your brake pads, you will know that you're making a great choice.

If you're not sure what brake pads to buy, be sure to ask your car brake service company for more information.