Cheap brake repairs are a growing issue in the auto service industry. Here's how you can protect yourself.
In a critical situation, everyone assumes that their vehicle will stop when their foot touches the brake pedal. While that may be true, recent studies show that this is not always the case.
While it’s always nice to save a few dollars when it comes to car repairs, brakes are one area where quality should never be compromised for cost. Industry experts agree about the importance of using high quality parts on the vehicle’s critical safety systems, such as brakes.
Although the dangers of opting for less reputable brake parts are evident, bargain-priced brake services are a growing issue in the auto repair industry. Some service providers routinely select cheap, low-quality parts as a more cost efficient alternative for cost-conscious consumers. Moreover, many consumers have begun attempting to repair their vehicle’s brakes after ordering parts on the internet. Unless you are an experienced technician, this is a dangerous decision.
Perhaps the most evident example of the importance of brake safety on public roads is the 2018 limo crash in New York. Deemed to be one of the deadliest auto accidents in American history, this incident serves as an unfortunate reminder of how dangerous cheap brakes can be. The limo was filled with 17 friends celebrating a birthday by travelling to local breweries. However, as the heavy vehicle travelled down a steep hill it was unable to stop and lost control. The limo crashed into an empty vehicle, killing 17 passengers, the driver, as well as two pedestrians. The cause of the accident was determined to be a result of a cheap brake repair.
While this example is not a common result of faulty brakes – it is a possibility. In fact, one study determined that 22% of car crashes are brake-related. At The Mufflerman, we don’t believe in taking any chances when it comes to the safety of our customers.
The message for both consumers and auto service providers is clear: don’t be frugal when it comes to repairing a vehicle’s braking system. When it’s a matter of safety, there should be no shortcuts.
If your vehicle’s braking system is in need of a repair, stop by one of The Mufflerman’s 12 locations across Ontario. We proudly serve London, Chatham, Sarnia, St.Thomas, Strathroy, Woodstock, Stratford, Brantford, Kitchener and Cambridge. We strongly recommend the use of high-quality, trustworthy parts.