Kwik-Fit's new fleet pricing strategy for brake parts
According to the weekly e-newsletter of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation, Kwik Fit has introduced a new fleet pricing strategy, which sees all brake pads and discs for a manufacturer's individual car and light commercial vehicle model range priced identically irrespective of the derivative of the vehicle.
This means that replacement pads and discs for the Ford Focus, are the same price whether the model is the entry-level 1.6 85 Studio or the range-topping 2.0 TDCI 163 Titanium. Likewise in respect of fleet favourite the BMW 3 Series, replacement pads and discs will cost the same whether they are for a 316i ES or range-topping 330d M Sport saloon.
Peter Lambert, fleet director at Kwik Fit, said, “There can be five or even 10 different versions of brake pads and discs across a single model line-up and typically pricing will vary across the range. We are delivering total price transparency across model ranges, which aids fleet budgeting.”
Typically replacement brakes parts are priced according to the robustness required linked to a vehicle’s design. For example, models with a sporty bias will require more powerful brakes and they usually come at a price premium over those required on ‘standard’ models.
The lifespan of brake pads, discs, and other parts varies depending on mileage, the type of vehicle, the way it is driven and the way it is loaded.
Driving patterns have a major influence on brake wear. For example, a set of brake pads could last up to 60,000 miles or even more on a vehicle driven mostly on motorways, but perhaps less than half that mileage if the car or van is driven regularly in urban areas in stop-start traffic conditions.