Best Places to Buy Brake Pads and Rotors – A Comprehensive List

Updated: | Author: Steve Freling | Affiliate links may be present.

Brakes are an important part of your car’s function and safety! Don’t delay changing the brake pads or rotors, if needed.

There are a lot of places that sell these parts. It is nice to have a lot of shopping options, but sometimes it can feel overwhelming! Where is the best place to buy brake pads and rotors? There are many places, both online and in-person to make your purchase.

Here are a few of the best places to shop for brake pads and rotors. As always, check your vehicle’s manual to make sure you get the right pads and rotors for your car.

For a home mechanic, the best place to buy quality brake pads and rotors is Napa Auto Parts. AutoZone, Amazon, RockAuto, Advanced Auto Parts, Walmart, and eBay are other reputable car part sellers. Brake pads and rotors can be purchased either online or in the store, depending on the vendor. Check your vehicle’s owner manual to make sure that you purchase the correct parts.


AutoZone has brake pads and rotors available online, as well as in their stores. Check their website for coupons and sales. They also have an option to buy online and pick up the product at the store.

Check the product ratings and warranty information. If your previous brake pads and rotors are from AutoZone, you may be able to replace them for free, depending on the warranty.


Amazon is the number one online retailer! Therefore, online purchases are the only option. However, returns are usually a simple process with Amazon if you accidentally order the wrong item.

Customer reviews are easy to locate and read. If you have Amazon prime, shipping is often free, as well.


RockAuto has a wide variety of car parts available at discounted prices. This bare-bones website may not look like much, but there are a lot of products.

Do yourself a favor, and skip over all the economy brake pads and rotors. Search by your vehicle make and model in order to find the parts. Check shipping prices before you click the ‘buy’ option!

Napa Auto Parts

Napa Auto Parts has a solid reputation for quality auto parts. Many car owners trust Napa parts to last well. You will find they have a committed customer base.

Shop online, or go into the store. Napa also frequently has online coupons and sales. Buy your products online, and pick them up curbside in as little as 30 minutes. Or, choose free one-day shipping on many of the parts.

Napa also boasts generous warranties, online assistance, and an instructional blog. If you need help, go into the store to talk to one of their technicians in person.

Advance Auto Parts

Advance Auto Parts has an easy-to-navigate website and physical store locations. Their Speed Perks Members Club includes gas discounts at participating gas stations, as well as points accrued on qualified purchases, that can lead to future discounts.

There are frequent sales and coupons online, so watch their site to score the best deals. Have a question? Ask the online help desk, or look at a project guide on the website.


Walmart has just about everything, including brake pads and rotors. The automotive service station at Walmart does many things, including low-cost oil changes, but they do not change brake pads or rotors.

Buy any of the top brand pads and rotors at Walmart. They carry them in the store, or you can order online. They even have an order online and curbside pickup option.


There are many vendors on eBay that sell automotive parts. Often, you will be able to pick up aftermarket parts at a discounted price on eBay.  Look for a seller that has a ‘Top Rated Plus’ label on their listings. Check buyer ratings, and make sure to note shipping fees before you buy.

O’Reilly Auto Parts

O’Reilly Auto Parts is another auto parts chain. They always seem to have sales and coupons, so watch the website to find the best deal. They offer some free in-store services, such as a battery check, or bulb changing.

Order online, and pick up in-store, take advantage of free shipping, or just walk into the store to shop. Look for a high-quality, ceramic brake pad, and skip the cheapest options. Their certified technicians should be able to answer your questions, as well.

Final Thoughts

There are many places, both online and offline, to buy brake pads and rotors. How do you decide who gets your hard-earned money? What’s more, when you buy brake pads, you’re putting your safety in the hands of the manufacturers. Make sure you buy quality brake pads from a reputable vendor. Happy driving!

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About Steve Freling

Steve has worked for more than 20 years as an automotive mechanic, and later run his own repair shop for both cars and motorcycles. He's a maintenance freak, and generally pretty good at troubleshooting!

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