Brake service is one of the most common repairs that you will have performed on your vehicle. If you are looking to have your vehicle’s brakes fixed at an affordable price, then you may consider sending your vehicle to a Walmart Auto Care Center. However, does Walmart fix brakes?
Walmart does not offer auto brake repair services in-house. However, Walmart partners with Wrench.com who does offer customers a convenient and affordable brake repair service at their home.
Here, we will take a look at getting brake repair at Walmart as well as some viable alternatives.
About Walmart’s Auto Care Center
Walmart’s Auto Care Center is an auto service center that is available at certain Walmart locations. Some of the services available at the Auto Care Center include tire service, oil change service, battery installation, wiper blade installation, air filter installation, and fuel system service.
Walmart Does Not Fix Brakes In-house?
Currently, Walmart does not fix brakes at their Auto Care Center. However, Walmart does offer brake pad replacement service through Wrench – a mobile mechanic service. This service brings a certified mechanic to your home or office where you can have your brakes serviced. Since this is a third-party service, Walmart is not directly working on your brakes.
However, you can book the service either through Walmart’s Auto Care Center or through the Walmart.com website.
Wrench Mobile Mechanic Service
Wrench is a mobile mechanic service that can provide service to your home or office from across the country. The company uses only certified auto mechanics, and all services provided by the company come with a one year or 12,000-mile guarantee.
The services that Wrench offers include the following:
- Alternator Replacement
- Battery Replacement
- Brake Caliper Replacement
- Brake Pad Replacement
- Diagnostic Service
- Emissions Failure Repair
- Ignition Coil Replacement
- Oil and Filter Change
- Radiator Replacement
- Serpentine Belt Replacement
- Spark Plugs Replacement
- Starter Replacement
- Thermostat Replacement
- Timing Belt Replacement
- Transmission Fluid Change
- Water Pump Replacement
Is Wrench a Reputable Service?
If this is the first time that you heard about the Wrench mobile mechanic service, then you may be wondering if they are any good. According to a review from the popular tech website Geekwire, the service was fast and convenient while the prices are somewhat reasonable.
The only downside to the service, according to Geekwire, is that there was some communication confusion with the mechanic as to when he would arrive for the appointment.
Pros of Booking Wrench Mobile Mechanic Service Through Walmart
There are a number of excellent reasons to consider having your brake service booked through Walmart. Here are the top four advantages:
Walmart is usually able to provide you with the most affordable option when it comes to car service. If you have an older vehicle or if you are on a budget, then Walmart’s brake service through Wrench is a great idea.
If you are on a busy schedule, then having Wrench’s mobile mechanics come to your home or your office is going to save you lots of time.
Comes with one year or 12,000-mile guarantee
Wrench is a reputable mobile mechanic service that backs up all of its service and repair work with a one-year or 12,000-mile guarantee. This would give you peace of mind that you can also have the service re-done if it was not performed properly the first time.
Great if the vehicle is not driveable
If the brake issues on your vehicle make it undrivable, then having a mobile service like Wrench is going to save you lots of hassle – and the potential cost – of having your vehicle towed to a service center.
Cons of Booking Wrench Mobile Mechanic Service Through Walmart
While Wrench is an excellent service, there may be some reasons why you may want to consider other options. Here are a couple of downsides to the Wrench service available through Walmart.
Not many brake services are available
Wrench doesn’t provide as many services as you would find at a full-service care center. That’s because the mobile mechanic is only going to have a limited amount of tools and equipment available. The Wrench service will only be ideal for brake pad replacement or brake caliper replacement services.
No brake inspection service is available
Also, Wrench mechanics cannot perform a full brake inspection on your vehicle. That means that if there are additional issues with your vehicle’s brake system – such as the brake lines – then you won’t know about those until you take your vehicle to a full-service auto center.
Booking Brake Service Through Walmart
If you would like to get brake service through Walmart, you can book a brake pad replacement through the Walmart.com website or visit your nearest Walmart Auto Car Care Center. When booking through Walmart, you will pay Walmart directly, and they will book the Wrench mobile mechanic service for you.
Other Available Brake Service Options
While the Wrench mobile mechanic service is rather convenient, you may prefer to have your vehicle serviced directly at a service center. With that in mind, here are some options that you should consider:
Jiffy Lube is known primarily as an oil change and lube center. However, Jiffy Lube offers limited brake services, including brake pads and brake caliper replacement services. If you already go to Jiffy Lube for your vehicle’s oil service, then you may want to consider them for brake service.
Meineke is a full-service auto center with locations across the United States. If your vehicle requires more complex brake work, then Meineke Care Center is going to be a better option for you.
Your Local Manufacturer Dealership
If you drive a luxury or a high-performance vehicle, you will want to take your vehicle to your local dealership’s service center for brake repairs. That’s because your dealership’s service center will have technicians who were trained by the manufacturer on how to specifically repair and service your vehicle’s brakes. Also, your dealership service center will likely have OEM brakes which may be better for your high-end vehicle versus third-party or aftermarket brakes.
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