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Just Brakes...running a dishonest, shady operation!
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MANSFIELD, TEXAS -- Aug 31, 2010, I visited Just Brakes location #36, on N. Collins in Arlington, TX. I heard positive feedback about the company & $99 brake replacement special. The employees at this location were very pleasant & professional. After inspecting my original brakes on my 2007 Toyota, the Manager said further repair was needed. In addition to the pads, calipers needed rebuilding, disc hardware & return springs replaced, & brake system bled & adjusted. After quoted almost $400, I reluctantly agreed. The mgr. eased my mind by showing me exactly what they were doing. I appreciated this great customer service.

After repairs, the mgr. said some squealing would occur at first. For the next 3weeks, my brakes felt like sandpaper against sandpaper, grinding noises, w/ constant squealing. Upset that I just paid $400, I returned to have them looked at again. This time they found no issues but re-lubricated the parts. They said there may be occasional squealing, which was normal, but I shouldn’t have any issues. During this visit, another customer was very upset w/ mgmt. due to the “shady business they’re running.” As my experience at this location was positive, I assumed he was being difficult. However, he started talking to other customers & reported the EXACT issues w/ his brakes as I had w/ mine. This made me uneasy, questioning the integrity of the company. I still gave Just Brakes the benefit of the doubt due to their great customer service.

The next 2months, the “occasional squealing” became constant; the noise was much worse than before! Not willing to return to the same location, I took my car to the S. Cooper store #10 in Arlington on Nov 18, 2010. The mgmt. was very kind & understood my frustration. The mgr. said he found no issue w/ the rear brakes but the front brakes were “severely contaminated.” He explained the other store did something to cause the constant squealing. He fixed them & as I drove off, my brakes squealed.

In Jan 2011, a friend showed me his service receipt from the same Just Brakes. The invoice showed the exact same repairs my car had! I was surprised to find that my friend was charged over $600 for his repairs. It was this moment I knew the business Just Brakes was conducting lacked honesty & integrity.

3months after my last visit (now Feb 2011), I had constant squealing, this time sounding worse than ever. The emergency brake made a loud metal-grinding sound. For fear of my brakes giving out & not wanting to return to any Just Brakes, I wrote a letter to Just Brakes corporate office. I was contacted by the company. They directed me to take my car to their Mansfield location (#150) & meet w/ the mgr. at the time, Tim Galvan. In early March 2011, I took my car to Tim. Tim told me that the brakes used by all Just Brakes stores didn’t always work on all vehicles; Toyotas, he said, commonly had issues w/ their pads. He showed me a different brake pad, supposedly made out of a softer, ceramic material, which he was going to use (even though the corporate office might frown upon that). After the repairs, my car no longer had any brake issues. I trusted this location due to Manager Tim Galvan.

April 2012, my brakes started squeaking. Because I trusted Tim, I returned to the Mansfield store. A new manager, Charles, was transferred to the location (from Irving); I went ahead & had him service my brakes. Charles said the brakes were fine, but I needed to flush the brake fluid, which cost me almost $100. After this visit, my brakes caused my car to shake when applied.

After my Toyota reached 100K miles, I took it to my Toyota dealership to have it serviced. One of the issues they noted was the shaking when the brakes were applied. The Toyota service technician said the rotors were not turned after my last Just Brakes visit. Even though they identified warping on the rotors, they could still be turned. Since they were under warranty, I took them back to Mansfield Just Brakes in July 2012.

I explained to Mgr. Charles what Toyota said. He said the rotors were too warped & needed replacement. He also said the rotors affected the calipers. Because of this, he wanted to replace the rotors, calipers, & would warranty out the brake pads & drums; costing me “only $550.” Despite what Toyota said, he insisted this extra work was necessary for the safe repair of my car. I asked if he’d put the same ceramic pads that Tim Galvan put on my car. Charles said that Tim used the same brake pad that every Just Brakes location used. Charles said that Tim lied to me.

I decided to have the work done by Toyota. They checked the brakes & all the hardware. They were able to turn the rotors. When I picked up my car, I paid $99 & my brakes worked like new…like before taking it to Charles. This was a clear indication that Just Brakes is running a shady operation. They definitely have the customer service down; now they need to work on the trust, support, integrity, & respect for the customer & their hard-earned money!
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Do Not Go There!
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DALLAS, TEXAS -- DO NOT COME HERE!!! lets start with the nightmare of JUST BREAKS.

I'm taking my time to carefully describe this terrible experience to warn any other consumer to stay away from this places, please take your time and read this before taking your car to them.

First I took my Toyota tundra 2008 with 90k miles that had worked perfectly and just needed pad replacements to their midway location for a $99 break change which is a complete hoax, once they check the vehicle they throw at you $1,000's of dollars of additional repairs that most likely are not needed (at least according to Toyota), so if you stick to the break replacement only they look at you as if you where stealing from them, and tell you there is no guarantee on the breaks if you don't do the recommended repairs, but the vehicle was in perfect shape and I knew exactly what I needed

When they gave me my truck back, after 2 weeks of use, the breaks started squeaking like a tortilla machine, I called and complained, they tell me to bring it back, of course they say that it's because I didn't do the recommended repairs, but my truck was working perfectly before they laid hands on it!!! no noise at all, everything was working perfectly, I just knew I needed pads because I changed my tires and I was advised to replace the front pads soon.

So I tell them I'm not going to spend $500 on a caliper reconstruction that they recommended (and the Toyota dealer later disagreed on that need), it was very upsetting that if my vehicle was in perfect shape when I brought it in, why is it making noises after they did a repair???

The only answer is BAD QUALITY PADS... when I told this to their employee, his answer was what did you expect from a $99 break replacement!!!!!

Not being this bad enough when they put my truck back together they break the center caps of my 2 passenger side rims!!!!

I had just washed my truck that day in the morning and those caps where in perfect shame (I have people willing to testify from the car wash), when I complain about it they deny the damage caused by them, stating that it was already that way...

When I tell them to prove it to me, they can't. I'm asking them where I signed off that my vehicle had damage, and they don't have any proof at all, just internal documents that they conveniently have and no one else has seen up to that point.

I was considerate enough to contact their corporate office before writing the review giving them a chance to make it right, and guess what???

corporate was even worse!!! without giving any credibility to a customer, he completely accused me of trying to rob them, and threatened me to post bad reviews on my company, if I posted a bad review on them!!!

It's Unbelievable the pants this guy had desperately threatening me so I didn't review them as they deserved!!!!

I just want to put on the table that the $40 dollars the caps cost don't make a difference to me, If I took my time to complain and call and go through the whole procedure, using my time that is far more valuable than the caps, was because the whole experience felt like a total ABUSE and wanted to give them the opportunity to be better, and what do I get Aggression over Aggression!!!
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FoDaddy19 on 11/08/2013:
If a company that specialized in *brakes* called itself "Just Breaks", that's probably a bad sign.
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Don't Think I'm An Idiot
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ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- So I made an appointment at Just Brakes in Orlando fl on w. Colonial dr. I got an estimate the day before at another shop at was told I need new front rotors and brake package... I went to Just Brakes to shop around, they took my car apart, and said I need new brakes and rotors, which I expected. He said my rotors where going metal on metal and was so bad he cannot just put fresh pads on the rotor because it's illegal. Also said my calipers need to be rebuilt, front and back... Would cause me $680 total. Keep in mind he is talking a mile a minute this whole time, using clever metaphors and sales jargon. I told him I can't afford that and would return when I could. I told him put back together and I'll be on my way. He came back saying I am trying to help u, if you don't do calipers today it will be $544. I said no, he came back saying he could get rotors for a little less (he initially wanted $158/rotor). Came back saying $99 a rotor and would charge me $42 hardware or wouldn't perform the $49 brake fluid flush. Cost. So to fix my 2 front with rotor, it would be $319, or I could do 1 rotor $218, or just put new brakes and shoes for $99... This is after he said legally he can't do just pads and shoes. I told him very nicely, my husband will come back on the weekend cause we can't afford today....

I made sure not to loose my temper cause my car was still in pieces.. It took them 2 hrs to get my car back together after I had to tell him 3 times that I'm not interested. I was there for 4 1/2 hrs total. Please spread the word about these crooks!
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Disaster Worker on 02/15/2011:
Angry Chick, your post could have been written verbatim by me almost 24 years ago. As a young, single mother, Just Brakes pulled the exact same lines on me. I believe they saw me as young and naive, but what they didn't count on was my father. I called him in tears when they said by two year old Regency 98 Olds was undrivable due to brakes, roters and calipers. My father marched into the garage demanding to see my car and to confirm their "diagnosis". He confirmed I needed new pads only and reamed them out for trying to take advantage of a young woman. It's a shame that a generation later they are pulling the same exact scam.

Good news travels fast....bad news faster. For 24 years, I've told hundreds of women to stay away from this dishonest company!
momsey on 02/15/2011:
Reading your review, I kept thinking that you were going to cave and let them do something. I'm SO glad to read you stuck to your guns. Even though you wasted all that time, at least you didn't get roped into something you may or may not have needed.

Excellent review.
ChuhBaca on 02/15/2011:
Around here (Denver area), Just Brakes is notorious for getting you in the door for a $99.00 brake job then attempting to do a bunch of extra work that your car doesn't need. The news did a story on them. They had a car checked out by a mechanic, then took it in to Just Brakes. In their normal fashion, they wanted to do $600 worth of work! They are crooks!
I have had the opposite experience with Brakes Plus. Dealer wanted to replace my pads so I took it in to Brakes Plus. They informed me that I had another 20k before I needed to even check again. No charge, just an honest evaluation. That's why I keep going back to them.
jktshff1 on 02/15/2011:
Good post.
Anonymous on 02/15/2011:
Rule #1 in life...NEVER let your wife take your car in for repairs, if at all possible. If you're single, have a male friend take it in. I'm so glad the OP was able to stand their ground. Too often in life, they feel coerced into buying unnecessary items. I send my wife to get the oil changed and she'll come back with new air filters, windshield wiper blades, etc...
trmn8r on 02/15/2011:
What would be interesting would be if you follow up and let us know what the job finally costs/involves. These people wanted to replace all your rotors and pads, and rebuild all your calipers.

It is doubtful that all your calipers need to be rebuilt, but you haven't mentioned the age of your car. Good for you for not going for it. Please let us know what eventually is done/how much it costs.
Anonymous on 02/15/2011:
Find a good place to have your car serviced. AAA lists their approved service places and I would definitely choose one of those unless you have a recommendation from someone you know and trust. If you don't belong, maybe one of your friends or family does. They may even list them on their web site. I never go to these stand-alone places. I like the ones that are capable of doing it all.
ok4now on 02/17/2011:
Way to go girl, don't let them rip you off. Brake jobs are high profit for them and they try to bleed every last dollar out of you. Just the name "Just Brakes" is highly suspect, sounding like they are a scam. They use scare tactics while they hold your car hostage. Good for you for calling their bluff and leaving. You are the exception. Just imagine how many people these scam artists have ripped off. Good post.
Augustus2099 on 03/14/2011:
I service my own cars brakes there is no one that my mom doesn't turn to. I will never work for a place that does the same service for almost 100.00 Heck buy the brakes and I will put them on and not charge anything but the cost of the brakes.
indy219 on 03/21/2012:
slapping pads on your car is not a brake job.
Mike on 07/28/2013:
When you hit your brakes at that moment when you need to stop all the sudden...you want them to work well. Cheap brake jobs can cost lives. Pad slapping bad rotors can kill you and others. Cheapos!
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The Just Brakes up sell phone call
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ADDISON, TEXAS -- On Monday 05-11-2010 I went to the just brakes for the $99.00 special for pads and shoes on my Ford Ranger pickup. My Ranger only had 58,000 miles on it and has been taken very good care of. "JJ" was helpful and said it would not take too much time and I should have it by noon.

I was expecting “The Call” to try to up sell their services but I knew all I needed was to replace the pads and shoes machine the rotors on the special. My truck is a daily driver it is not used for heavy loads. "JJ" told me that I really needed to have my bearings re-packed; I reminded him that, that service was in the $99.00 package. We both agreed that the special would be performed and that my Truck would be ready.

An hour later "LL" called a little agitated. "LL" proceeded to tell me that my calipers pistons were out of round and definitely needed to be replaced and all the ball joints needed to be repacked with grease. And I had to replace the entire rotor that I was concerned about. Of course all at an enormous cost.

Since my mechanic just performed a 50,000 mile service check on my truck all of that was just inspected. I knew the condition of my truck and I did not have any problems that they spoke of. I did need new brakes and I knew I had bad pad on the right front and was concerned about it.

I stated to "LL" that the extra work was not necessary as I just had all that service work he spoke about performed at 50K. "LL" then proceeded to get a little angrier because I was not buying in to his game. He told me that this was an absolute necessity and that if I didn’t get this work performed now he would set my truck back on the ground and I could take. I said sure no problem I can always go to Midis or Good Year as they also had $99.00 brake specials and I would be by at noon to pick it up. That is when he hung up on me.

I walked back to the Just Brakes and picked up my truck. "JJ" was at least nice and handed me the keys. Since I went on-line to the Ford dealership and saw they had a $99.00 break special plus other coupons for price reductions. I decided to go there.

The Ford service advisor on the phone told me that Calipers are sealed and they cannot serviced. Only the master / slave pistons can be replaced. I had the brakes and the other service work done. The rotor I was worried about machined out just fine and was not damaged at all. So I decided to upgrade to a better pad and shoe but with the 20% discount and the $99.00 special I only paid out $147.00 for the brakes.

Stay away from just brakes go to anybody else and pay more I found out they cannot be trusted to give you any valid information.
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Anonymous on 05/13/2010:
Thanks for the heads up! This seems to be a reoccurring theme within this company.
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Taking Advantage of Young Girls Lack of Knowledge
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I am not the owner of the vehicle but the individual that was brought along to ensure that the owner was not taken advantage of. My friend brought her SUV into a local Just Brakes in Houston, TX recently to get her brake pads replaced and rotors turned. We left the vehicle at the location and returned to work expecting it to be done in a matter of hours. We were not gone from the place for 45 minutes before she received a phone call explaining that she needed extra work done that would bring her total bill to over $600.

Not even 30 minutes after she told the man NO to all this extra work, he calls her back three times in a matter of 30 minutes to try to get her to agree to a bunch of extra work that needed to be done to her suspension that absolutely did not need to be done. The total for his obnoxious extras was over $1000 on top of everything else. Needless to say, she took her car to the dealership shortly after and had them take a look at the vehicle and they confirmed that she indeed did not need any extra work and that her car was fine. I will simply never have anything to do with this company and will not recommend this place to anyone.
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trmn8r on 02/12/2013:
Excellent complaint. From your description it sounds like they indeed were shamelessly attempting to rip her off.

I recently had a shop I asked to mount tires tell me some suspension work needed to be done, and in fact it did as the tech was able to demonstrate to me. I told them I will do it elsewhere. However, you must be on the alert, especially when they tell you over the phone. I had that happen once, and was really upset when the manufacturer dealer I bought it from told me none of that work was needed.

Just Brakes should live up to their moniker and not be ripping people off.
HRR on 02/18/2013:
Ijust got done taking my car to the dealership to confirm what just brakes had told me. I went to just brakes to get new pads, they called to tell me my calipers were leaking and bolts were rusted in my minivan that is 3 years old with 50k miles on it and the repairs would cost almost $600. They even told me that driving my car was very dangerous if I didn't fix it..= So, being under warranty with KIA, I took it there. They said that NOTHING was wrong with my brakes or anything to do with them. I wish I could sue them for wasting my time, lol.
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Brake Job Ripoff
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HOUSTON, TEXAS -- I took my 1988 Jeep Wrangler to Just Brakes for their $99.88 brake special.
About a year earlier I replaced the rear brakes myself. I was a mechanic for years before becoming a machinist in the mid 70s.

I took my Jeep to Just Brakes because the brakes had started making noise and I didn’t have the time to work on it myself. I didn’t expect to get a brake job for $99.88 because I have always believed that if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is.

I almost went through the roof when the service manager called me and told me that I needed $695.00 worth of work done. I told him that was way more than I was willing to spend and I would just come and pick up my Jeep and do the job myself.

When I got there the manager had me take a look at the brakes ( the Jeep was still taken apart when I arrived ). He told me the Jeep needed rear drums, shoes, and wheel cylinders. I had replaced the rear wheel cylinders about a year earlier and there is no way wheel cylinders will wear out in a year.
The noise I was hearing was from a spring in the right rear wheel that came off and caused excessive wear to the brakes in that one wheel. It needed shoes and a drum on that one wheel and that was all that needed to be repaired. He also told me that the front brakes needed pads, hoses, and the rotors needed to be resurfaced.

I told him again that I wanted him to put the Jeep back together the way it was and I would take it home and make the repairs myself. He then informed me that they would put all of the parts inside the Jeep and I could call a wrecker to get the Jeep.

Basically this left me no choice but to go on and let them do the work and screw me out of $695.00.

They called me when the job was done and I went and picked up my Jeep. On the way home the manager called me on my cell phone and informed me that they DID NOT replace the front hoses because they were out of stock and had to order them. The price to replace the hoses was $150.00 which was included in the price that I paid. I said OK and turned around and went back and told the manager that I thought the old hoses were fine and didn’t need replaced but he told me that if they didn’t replace them it would void my warranty.

After having dealt with this guy I knew I didn’t have a warranty anyway so I told him I didn’t care just refund the $150.00 for the hoses. He made me sign a release and told me I would have to wait two weeks for a refund because it had to come from the corporate headquarters.

I had no choice but to agree and left.
Two weeks came and went and when they didn’t call me I called them and they told me that they didn’t have a refund check for me and that I needed to contact customer service.

I contacted customer service and ended up with a voicemail so I left a message and my phone numbers. I never got a call back so I kept calling until I finally got to speak with a Customer service rep who told me that he would check on it and call me back. Of course he didn’t call back so I had to call him back several times to finally get him on the phone.

When I finally got to talk to him he told me that he would have a check sent to the store where the work was done and I could pick it up there and that it would be about two weeks. After almost three more weeks I finally got the check. It took more that six weeks to get that refund for work they should have done and didn’t.

This all took place in 2003 and in 2004 I had to replace my rear brakes again with less than 10,000 miles since the Just Breaks brake job. A few months after that the front brakes needed to be replaced.

This is what I paid for brake parts:
Front rotors: $59.90
Pads: $14.95
Rear drums: $39.90
Rear shoes $19.95
Total parts: $134.70
Just Brakes are crooks and liars and I read that the Better Business Bureau has kicked them out.

I think their name should be “Just The Breaks” because if you go to them for brake work you are going to get SCREWED and those are “Just The Breaks”.

Houston Tx.
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Starlord on 07/28/2007:
I was a brake and muffler mechanic in my youth, and they really saw you coming. There is no way that their treatment of you was ethical or legal. They ripped you up, down and back up the middle. I wish there was a way to get them back.
Hugh_Jorgen on 07/28/2007:
Since they came to town here I know at least a dozen folks that have stopped by there for brakes. That seems to be their standard program - no one can get by with the $99 brake job - it's always between $600 and $800.
Justusryan on 07/28/2007:
Yeah, this company sounds like BS!
pleasedontgotojustbrakes on 02/04/2009:
here is the letter I sent to the company. DON'T GO TO JUST BRAKES IT IS A SCAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a joke of a company this must be. Never in my life until today have I been treated so poorly at a place in which I was about to get ripped for 300 bucks, by Joel the 40 year old creepy pedefile. I was in the location on cooper in Arlington. I'm sure the one reading this couldn't care less from similar complaints I have read all over the net since the incident earlier today. I was quoted $300 to simply replace pads and do rotors which I now know didn't even need that. After my car sat on a jack for three hours as I waited I simply asked Joel how much longer, as he replied, " huh it will take me a least another hour just to do the rotors." At that time I told him nevermind put my car together. He started to get a little aggressive at that point yelling about how I was going to pay for the pads he ordered from across town (which still hadn't got there). I then told him it would be fine I would pay the %100 upmarked pads and would pick them up the following day. It was then he snapped, stormed into the bay, came back in a few seconds and proceeded to tell me what I could go do with myself. I then assured him I wouldn't be paying for anything and then waited for my car to be put back together. As I said before your company is made up of crooks and convicts from what I can tell so I am sure that nobody even reads these, however I will make it a goal in my life to deter as many people from being scammed by your company as possible.
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Almost Taken for a Ride!!
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TEMPLE, TEXAS -- I went into a Just Brakes for an inspection and the "$99.95 special". My brakes had no problems and stopped the truck on a dime. I was told that I had a bad pulse in the brake pedal(which I didn't feel). They took the wheels off and inspected all rotors and pads. I got a $1300.00 estimate on a brake system that previously had no problems. They told me the usual lines. All calipers need to be rebuilt, all rotors need to be replaced. All pads need replaced(1/2 inch of material on all pads). Your serpentine belt isn't cracked but should be replaced anyway. Your air filter is dirty( I think I can replace an air filter).Needless to say, I told them to put it back together and I'd pay them for the inspection and the fluid flush.

I'm not sure I got an entire system flush, just glad to get out with a $60.00 bill. I would advise anyone to stay away from Just Brakes!!
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No entitlement attitudes please on 07/18/2013:
Whole I agree that these places are a scam. .. your pay is disingenuous in that a person with a perfectly working brake system as you claimed would never go in for an inspection
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Just Brakes - Just Dishonest - Just Scams
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ARIZONA -- Just Brakes, Mesa, AZ., was supposed to provide a "Free Estimate", but instead the salesman forged signing of approval and started the work prior to providing the estimate; thus, scammed the customer and defrauded out of $770+.

Research shows that the company sends TEAMS of 2 to each outlet teaching how to SCAM and cheat customers; then, they don't do some of the services or overcharge doing unnecessary work - anything to jack up the bill; then, totally disrespectful and hostile to their customers. Those that worked there say the Target customers by their cars, their age and defraud the elderly and women, in particular, as well as anyone with a nicer than avg. car - anyone they feel they can defraud. Moreover, not only the inexperienced Salesmen are dishonest, but the entire company has a BUSINESS MODEL of Consumer Fraud and even engage in criminal activities like forgery and lying about the work needed. JUST DISHONES & JUST A SCAM.
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trmn8r on 04/08/2012:
It is quite an allegation that the entire company engages in fraudulent and illegal activities.
ChuhBaca on 04/09/2012:
This company is bad news. Several years ago, an investigative reporter had the entire brake system on a car, checked out ahead of time and everything checked out. They then took the vehicle to Just Brakes, where they provided an estimate of about $600 worth of work on the brakes.
You hear that over and over again with Just Brakes. People getting 2nd opinions and discovering Just Brakes was trying to charge for unnecessary work.
As far as the OP alleging that this is part of a corporate strategy, I don't think they are too far off. If you listen to the commercials, the fast talker at the end states that MOST cars will require more than brake pads.
What is even worse, I have had very good experiences with Brakes Plus. Unfortunately, many people confuse the 2 names.
2cent-er on 04/09/2012:
Always amazes me when price shoppers go for low ball ads at these chains or wherever and then are dumbfounded when they get ripped-where's the common sense? too good a deal to be true?-- yeahhh!
CowboyFan on 04/09/2012:
In Florida, there is basically a procedure where you can post the money for the repairs with the Clerk of the Court, who will issue an immediate court order for the release of the vehicle from the mechanic. That way the customer has the car, while the mechanic has 60 days to proceed with court action as to whom should have the money. Florida Statute 559.917.

If there is a dispute with an automobile repair shop, one might check with an attorney to see if their state has a similar law.
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The Real Truth - Point Blank
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This message is for anyone one who wrote an ignorant review on here about Just Brakes, when they don't know the first things about brakes or any type of automotive repair.

First things first. If anyone here can find a price cheaper than 99.88 Plus 6 dollar shop supplys and tax...It comes to 113.29..You let me know. Nobody even comes close. This also included machining all 4 of my rotors and replaced pads on all four wheels. Listen up people!!! Pads are not the only thing on your brake system!!! Theres about 50 components to your brakes besides pads...Everyone on this blog drives there car until they hear a noise and then drive for 6 more months. So by the time they get to the repair shop, storming in saying..I wun that 99.88 Deal. I aint want nothing else. Well guess what. If you want to save on brakes. Do it yourself. So when it messes up..Well see your bright and shining face at Just Brakes.

This is it. Just brakes didn't tell you to drive on your grinding brakes for 4 months and then wonder why you need 400 dollars of brake repair..Give me a break people. You brought the car to them. They didn't grag you in. And if most people forgot..Its your car stupid..If you don't like the price take your car somewhwere else
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trmn8r on 02/22/2011:
The problem is, many of the complaints against "Just Brakes" ring true.

One small piece of evidence is the Dateline piece on Just Brakes. It revealed that most customers are charged many times the $99 special price. It is common sense that a place like Just Brakes would rip you off. They aren't your regular mechanic, they don't expect to see you again.

I do my own brakes - I'd advise others to do the same. You don't need to worry about me darkening your door - it won't happen.
carl on 07/07/2011:
I agree with the poster pug4 about people coming in after the problem has developed. It's like going to the dentist. If you go every six months like you're supposed to, it will cost you $50 each time. If you wait 12 years and then show up because your mouth/teeth are in pain, it will cost you $1200 to fix the problem. As with anything, the longer you wait to fix it, the more the fix will cost. Use common sense people.
Indy219 on 03/21/2012:
I have been a brake mechanic for over 22 years. NO not for Just Brakes or some overnight shop. in someones back yard. Yes most people do wait far to long to have repairs done to their brake system. Those of you that think just putting pads on you disc is a brake job you are so wrong that it isn't even funny. Do you know how to inspect the entire brake system? Do you know how to work on ABS systems? Do you know what will cause your front end to shake when you brake and how to fix that? It will be my guess no to all the above. I have done more redo's coming to my shop where people have tried to do their own brakes and had no clue of what they were really doing. At the same time I have had just as many redo's from other shops that have used cheap parts. Just remember cheap work isn't good and good work isn't cheap. Do not get taken on the belief that new pads or shoes for your car will fix everything have it checked out by a pro. As for the slap nut Pug4 looks like he needs to put down the bottle before he tries to type a message.
Chuck K on 03/31/2014:
The problem is most people are ignorant about brakes, that's why they take their cars to a shop to be repaired. By so call professionals (just brakes) I have been a mechanic for over 35 years and most cars do not need calipers, springs, hoses and all the other crap just brakes sell you. There are times when those parts need replacing, the complaint is just brakes sells these items all just about every car they work on. I think pug4 must work for just brakes or his brother does.
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Just Brakes Rip Off!
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DALLAS, TEXAS -- I go in with my 40k mileage well maintained 06 mazda3 just to change the rear brake pads, lured by the $89.95 deal! He sees and knows that its the Mazda 3 but still makes me a bill of $89.95. The they call me in a few hours at home saying that Oh it needs a specialty pads and it will $229 total ! I am like why the heck did they not tell me that price before! I could have just gone to my dealer for that price.

Anyway they put on these pads which I noticed right away were not covering 100% of the rotor surface, like before. After a day or two it started making noises when braking, like its hitting something. I take it back to them in a week! They remove the brake pads and find they were partly burned! .. Then they say the "calipers need to be redone" and made another bill of $300 to redo the calipers and put another set of Mazda pads... I called my dealer and they said they never heard anything like 'redoing the calipers'...

I took it straight to my dealer and they put in original Mazda pads and all the problems vanished! So just brakes IS NOT THE PLACE to go ... They will screw your car!! Spend some money and get peace of mind at the dealership.... I will never use just brakes again.
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Anonymous on 08/08/2008:
You got beaten and went back for another beating? If they didn't know your Mazda needed 'specialty' pads at the time of the write-up, it should have tipped you off they didn't know much else about your car. A lot of people would have made the same mistake though. Thanks for warning them.
Anonymous on 08/08/2008:
Just passing by a Just Brakes sign makes me think of sex,
ya know what I mean!?
lobo65 on 08/08/2008:
Just another reason I avoid chain auto repair facilities if I can. Thank goodness I have a local, independent shop I trust implicitly.
Anonymous on 08/08/2008:
Here's the scoop on the low-priced $XX.95 deals. They're a ruse to draw customers in the door. The shop can't make money on the low-cost offers, so they're going to find something else wrong or try to upsell the customer in the worst way.
Anonymous on 08/09/2008:
Trixta, you are absolutely right! I found this out the hard way when I went to Value Brakes because my brakes were making a clunking sound. I thought they needed to be tweaked a little, not entirely replaced, but Value Brakes wanted to charge me over $600 instead of their $49.95 deal on brake pads. They said the drums and rotors needed to be replaced too. I had no idea of the terms used, but I knew that my brakes were not that bad because they had been checked by a reliable mechanic about 3 months before. And I am not one to damage things quickly at all. So I took it back to that reliable mechanic at Tire Kingdom and guess what?!?!? $20 is all it cost because of loose screws!!!!! Needless to say, Value Brakes is a ripoff! I filed a complaint with the BBB and I have not seen a $49.95 deal since.
Disaster Worker on 08/12/2008:
Same thing happened to me in 1988 from Just Brakes. I went in for a $99 special, and they wanted to charge me $600 for a complete overhaul. I was very young, and my father drove down there and made them show him my brakes. He literally ripped them a new hole for trying to take advantage of a young woman. They honored the $99 after all. Since 1988, I've stayed away from Just Brakes and have let all my friends/family know about their dishonest business practices.
Pedro Talavera on 11/28/2013:
Cars use different types of pads. But they are not too many types.A good independent shop or a Master ASE mobile can do a good brake job. Not just the dealer. Just make sure you ask your car to be inspected before you give the OK. Research the company before you hire them. Easy to do if you are smart. The dealer is good but not the only place to go.
CMT of Miami
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