1. Are the checker professional brake pads any good? Should I return them and get something else? They cost about $50.
<<< they're as good as any... but there are different grades. the lowest quality ones put out brake dust which may be unsightly; whereas the newer ceramic brake compounds offer quieter braking and less brake dust.
2. Do I need to replace the rotors even if they do not look worn?
<<< no, you dont need to replace them. If they look scored, u can have them turned at a local shop for about $20.- if u wish to regain a smooth rotor surface. Consider also... if u feel any type of vibration when u brake, your rotors are warped-Rotor warp if minor can turned; otherwise, if the run-out is too much, then replace is the only remedy.
3. If u can transfer them onto the new pads without causing damage to them, by all means-do so