Anyone who has ever had the pleasure to drive a prestige car will truly understand the difference in luxury driving experience and performance that these masters of mechanical engineering have to offer. These companies are renowned for creating the very best vehicles and these cars are built with one thing in mind, to provide an ultimate and unforgettable driving experience.
If you’ve ever owned a prestige car then you will be hard pressed to ever change your brand and you may find that you develop a lifelong passion and commitment to this brand.
I suppose there is a flip side to owning this brand of car. Quite simply they don’t come cheap and the higher the spec you buy into then the deeper the pockets you will need. This said they are built from quality components and quality means durability and longevity.
There will come a time however when your car requires new parts. One of the most common parts to require changing on any car is the tires and the brake pads. Prestige cars are no different as they succumb to the same stresses and strains that all cars are exposed to in their daily travels. Choosing parts for your car can be a confusing and often frustrating experience as there are countless brands available at any given time.
Should you let your garage decide and throw caution to the wind by trusting the opinion of the mechanic that is fitting your brake pads? No doubt there are many mechanics that live by the advice they give and will always offer you the very best information at their disposal. Equally there are mechanics or organizations that will offer you the parts that pay the most in commission being that the more they sell of these parts the higher the discount that they are offered from the supplier. Call me skeptical but these people are as real as the nose on your face and are actively trading everywhere.
I myself believe that any choice is a better choice if it’s informed. So how can you make a better choice for your prestige car using easily available information?
A little research never did anyone any harm and with this in mind a few moments spent searching the different brands of brake pads will soon give you enough information so that you can make the right choice.
The very best way of determining the right fit for your car is to create a list of best fit attributes that suit your needs. I have listed some of the more common necessities and hopefully this list will help you compile a similar list tailored to your needs.
1. The first point to consider is the noise that is created from certain types of pads. Semi metallic pads are often much noisier than other pads as they are built for durability using hard metals bonded together to make the pad. Once in contact with the brake rotor you will certainly stop in time but you might not be turning heads for the right reasons as people will hear you arriving well before you get there.
2. If you splash out on a prestige car then you have to keep in mind that you want it staying in the same glorious condition as when you fist bought it. Some brake pads create a lot of brake dust and brake dust means dirty unsightly wheels. Ceramic pads create a very small amount of dust and they are excellent performers. However they are a considerable cost. Organic pads or semi organic pads are another great alternative and being cheaper than ceramics they may be just the pad you are looking for.
3. Now if you live in the warm states of America then this next point may be nothing more than an idle fantasy to you lucky people. For those of you that live in the borders of the UK or you live in other similar climatic challenged places then this point will be crucial to your choice. The UK is famous for its cold weather and equally (very rarely) warm weather. With this in mind you may want a brake that is versatile enough to cope with both climates without any loss of performance. Consider when making your choice how your brakes will react to weather conditions such as rain, sleet or snow.
4. Continued performance is another factor to bear in mind as no one wants to pay for pads that last a few miles and then need changing again. My own target mileage would be 50,000 – 80,000 miles and anything below just wouldn’t be worth the money.
5. Lastly you need a pad that will not affect the performance of the other components that make up the entire braking system. Get brakes that are too hard and you may pay the price in premature failure of your rotor.
I have created this article to give a more informed guidance to the sometimes difficult process of choosing the right brake pads .
In subsequent articles we will take a more in depth view of the many different cars on the road and what brake pads are best suited to them.
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