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261 West Putnam Ave, Greenwich, CT, 06830

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Dealership Info

Phone Numbers:Sales Hours:
  • Mon - Fri9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sat9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • SunClosed
Service Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    (Night drop box available on Saturday's. )
  • Sat8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • SunClosed
Parts Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • SunClosed

How Long Do Car Brakes Last?

Man Changing Car Brakes

How long do car brakes last? While you might expect your brakes to last for up to five years or 50,000 miles, these are at best rough estimates. Real-world brake performance depends on how often you drive, the type of brake pads you’ve selected, and–most importantly–on your behavior behind the wheel! At the end of the day, the answer to the question “How many miles do brakes last?” could be anywhere from 25,000 to 65,000 miles–or even more!

How Many Miles Do Brakes Last?

Before we can help you learn how to make your brakes last longer, we need to cover the basics. Brake pads come in three basic varieties, and differ significantly in terms of their performance:

  • Non-metallic organic brake pads are preferred by drivers who want something extra quiet. However, these pads also have the shortest expected lifespan.
  • Semi-metallic brake pads are by far the most common. Not too costly, and reasonably durable, they’re preferred by many Rye-area drivers.
  • Ceramic brake pads are the longest lasting type of brake pads available today. Of course, they’re also the most expensive.

If you’re not sure of what brake pads to use in your vehicle, don’t hesitate to reach out to our parts department. We only stock genuine, OEM-approved brake pads, so it’s easy to find exactly what you need at our dealership in Greenwich, CT.

What Factors Affect Brake Pad Life?

How can you ensure that you get the most value out of your brake pads? The less (and less aggressively) you brake, the longer your brake pads will last! Here’s how that works in practice:

  • Coasting to a stop whenever possible is guaranteed to prolong the life of your brake pads.
  • Driving on the highway–or anywhere you can avoid stop & go traffic–will also save your pads.
  • If your tires have poor traction or low tread depth, your brakes will have to work harder to stop the car. Taking good care of your tires allows your brakes to last longer.

When Should I Replace My Brake Pads?

We understand why many drivers want to prolong the life of their brake pads, but it’s never worth it to postpone essential service. Doing so won’t just put you at greater risk on Stamford and New Canaan roads. It may also damage your brake rotors, which can be much more expensive to repair or replace. If you’ve noticed that your brakes aren’t what they used to be, schedule service and let us take care of the issue today. You can check the brake pads to see if they look thin, but for most drivers, shaking while braking is the warning sign that gets their attention first. If you hear screeching, act quickly–your rotors may already be in danger.

We’re Your Greenwich Source for Brake Service!

You’ll notice an immediate difference when you pick up a new set of brakes at Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich. Plus, now that you know how long car brakes last and how to protect them on the road, you’re prepared to get more value out of every mile! Take advantage of our rotating parts and service specials and schedule brake pad replacement today.

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261 West Putnam Ave • Greenwich, CT 06830

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Open Today! Sales: 9am-7pm

Open Today! Service: 7:30am-6pm

Open Today! Parts: 7:30am-6pm

Mercedes-Benz of Greenwich 41.024908, -73.635592.