Modern BMWs are exceptional vehicles. These luxury motors are very powerful and capable of travelling at high speeds. Your tyres and braking system are the only things that can stop you, so quality is essential, but where do you find the best BMW brake pads? Here are some tips to help you.
Buying from your dealer
The first major consideration here is whether of not, your car is still within its factory warranty period. If it is, then the only parts you can buy for your BMW's brakes (calipers, pads or discs) are dealer-supplied original equipment spec. Failure to do so may void your warranty. This said, you will be safe in the knowledge that you are getting the very best quality products for your car. Prices may be higher than elsewhere, but the parts you buy will have been specifically engineered for your model. The fit will be perfect as will any pins, slide bolts etc that you purchase. Clearly, you don't have to be the owner of a new car to benefit from this level of service as your dealer will be able to order parts for any of the cars that they've produced.
Buying aftermarket parts
Quite often, at this point, the used car parts option is going to be discussed. It goes without saying that you should never under any circumstances buy used brake pads, however brief that usage may have been. The after-market sector for replacement car parts is massive. There are no end of places that will be able to supply pads for your BMW. Possibly, the best source is your local motor factor. Companies like Ajay Autoparts exist all over the country and tend to be the place that the trade visits (local independent mechanics, for example). As a result, their prices are very competitive and you can even push for a bit of "trade discount" if you feel brave. If you prefer a door-to-door service, then start checking out car parts online. Euro Car Parts are one of the biggest in the UK with competitive pricing and extra discount if you buy discs and pads together. Coupled with a free delivery option, this is an excellent place to begin. Another useful online supplier is Carparts-direct.co.uk. This UK-based international supplier has a great reputation and recommendations from Auto Express, Practical Classics and Autocar magazine.
The last area for consideration is that of uprated performance pads. Many firms make pads for BMWs, ranging from fast road to race compounds. EBC, AP, Brembo and Tarox are often to be found on track cars and are a worthwhile addition to your road car, albeit at a slightly higher cost.