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So your asking for opinions on a motor nobody has seen, from people who may not have the expertise to make such a judgement, even if they had the powers of telepathic vision.
And besides, lets just imagine for one minute we had a supper sleuth mechanic in attendance who had just done a post mortem type inspection on your motor. And states yes it has been abused! Right what are you going to do about it ? What difference does it make?
Other than you will project your paranoia to the garage you take your car to,why don't just give them you wallet and be done with it. Or start looking at it rationally, for instance when was your last MOT? where there any advisory notes on your brakes?
OK lets call a spade a spade, you are exceptionally paranoid, you don't trust the car, and you obviously don't trust the garage you took your car to. I mean you have taken the car into a garage to have the brakes replaced, whilst at the same time asking on a forum if they should need replacing.!!!!! Your all over the place.....asks the questions first for flips sake.
OK, here is the rational way to go about things. I buy a four year old car, one lease company owner, one private owner 32,700 miles on clock. Last recorded [stamped] service prior to the selling Main Dealer giving it a main 37.5k service prior to me picking it up, was 26 months down the line. ABUSE,ABUSE...but the car looked right, drove right, and came with a twelve month guarantee. And it had only covered 12,368 miles since the last service. OK it had been 26 months between services, but cars are very resilient, they can take the abuse of missing a service, especially if its not a main service.
Anyway as the brakes where an unknown to me, 5 months later prior to a burn down to Cornwall, I had my mechanic take the wheels off, something it turns out the Main dealer had not done, though it's down for doing in the main service. He cleaned out the brake dust, and inspected the pads and discs at 34,000 miles they where in perfect condition, drums disks and pads.
Now we are 15 months down the line from that inspection at 41,400 on the clock. And though I cannot inspect the disks and pads right now because the wife has the car. I reckon they will be fine. I'd put money on them being nowhere near needing replacing, because I don't drive on my brakes. And I suspect seeing what condition they were in at that inspection 15 months ago, the previous owner didn't either.
You should have researched brakes on the internet, then inspected your own to see what condition they were in. You can check pad depth and disc wear with the wheels in situ.
JohnS, STOP BLOODY WORRYING IN, your doing my head in....honestly
yes, but two different garages say the same thing, the front disc brakes are worn, they cant be both telling lies about the same things.
on the subject of service history, I would have thought mileage would affect it more than age in terms of service history?
Fair enough then, I will try to stop worrying, apart from normal wear things, it seems alright