I went to PEP boys about two weeks ago to have my brakes checked. I checked on the internet and their site offered free brake inspection. Once I got there they told me it would be $19.95(?). I asked about the "free" and that is only if they do the work. Finally got the free.
After close to an hour, and a report that I needed new brakes all around, new rotors and drums. The total? $701, if I didn't need callipers also. (What are the odds?) That whatever I did I needed to get it done real soon, as the front brakes were in bad shape. The rear brakes weren't quite as bad, but should be replaced in the near future.
Well today I pulled my front brakes apart. Maybe 1/3 of the pads were worn away. The rotors? Not a scratch, very good condition. Since I had already torn the front end apart, I went ahead and replaced them. When I took the rear drums off, I found that without a micrometer, I couldn't tell how much they had worn. Holding the new brakes up to the old, you could see that there was a little wear, less than a quarter of the brakes pads were gone. I left the rear brakes on & put the drums back on, & drove over to pep boys to tell them what I thought.
I will never buy anything from pep boys again. I can't help but wonder how many older people have paid for work and parts they didn't need. From what I saw today, I would bet that they are ripping off a lot off people.