As of 2015, brake replacements usually cost around $130 to $900 per axle, depending on the make and model of the car. Prices are customarily higher at car dealerships than at standard repair shops.
Brakes may need replacement when the wheels make a high-pitched screeching or grinding noise. Other indications are the brakes failing to stop or slow normally, or if the brake pedal drops lower than usual when the brakes are engaged.
Some repair shops offer discounts for AAA members. There are also several companies that list do-it-yourself instructions for replacing brake pads. This can help save an average of $251.