my sons car was hit while it was parked. he is getting body estimates on it for the other persons insurance to pay. When he drives it, his brakes smell like rubber. He thinks that the emergency brake is hanging up but is reluctant to have it estimated because his brakes were already bad. cant he have is emergency brake fixed separately from his disc brakes? That sounds like a result of the accident to me.. when his car was hit, it was in neutral with the emergency brake on If I can talk him into having it looked at, who do I get to do it? if they do look at it, can they insist that he have the whole job done before leaving the shop (if his brakes are that bad?) If he opts to let it go, is it that expensive to get an emergency brake fixed?