Life is full of many certainties, such as paying taxes, getting a year older every 12 months and replacing auto parts. The last one, though, you have some control over, such as where you buy your parts, the quality of the of parts you purchase and the brand you prefer. For example, when it comes to battery replacement, you can choose a deluxe model with drawing power to brag about, or you can choose an economical model (like Chevy Cruz) that is easy on the wallet but may need replacement in three years or so. The choice is yours, as is the option to buy OEM parts or aftermarket components. Both options have their own set of pros and cons and will impact your wallet differently.
Quality Parts May Last Longer
When it comes to new brake pads for your Chevy Cruz you will have lots of choices. The best Chevy Cruz brake pads might cost a bit more but they may hold many advantages, including the following:
- Extra durability
- Quiet stops
- Low dust buildup
- Aggressive stopping power
- Increased longevity
- Limited lifetime warranty
Brake pads from manufacturers Duralast and Brembo come in different materials such as ceramic, semi-metallic and metallic. Prices range from around just over $20 to just over $100. Discounts and deals may be available from time to time and may lowers costs.
Most replacement pads last in the range of 30,000 to 70,000 miles but actual longevity will vary based on your driving style and the environment you drive in. If you are not a DIYer, remember to factor in the cost of labor, which can easily cost more than the parts. OEM brake parts cost a little more, while aftermarket parts can lower your costs.
If your brakes need replacement rotors and calipers as well, a complete brake job will cost you in the neighborhood of $300 to $800, and more with the highest quality parts. If you do the labor yourself, you save hundreds of dollars, just remember though that saving money won’t do you any good if the brakes aren’t expertly installed.
Safety Components Might Save Your Life
Functional brake parts are essential to the safety of your ride, as are a number of other safety features. Premium wiper blades are sometimes overlooked as a critical safety component. That is, they are overlooked until you are trying to drive home at night in the rain and snow and your blades fall apart.
In certain conditions, good windshield wiper blades are as important as brakes and tires. Fortunately, you have a wide choice of blades from quality manufacturers and they are among the least expensive of all safety features on your auto.
In most cases, they are specific to your year/make/model of vehicle, so make sure you buy the right blades. Proper installation of blades enables you to have clearer vision in all weather conditions.
Car safety and low prices don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Shop for the best parts at the lowest prices and drive with confidence any time of day or year.