Beware of a price tag “Plus Labor” A very cheap quote that says at the end “plus labor” should already flash a red light if the labor is hidden. Companies with this modus operandi usually state it all depends on which vehicle you have or what locks you have in your house something similar. While charge may vary, a reputable locksmith will also be able to quote an exact amount when you provide certain info. Always ask whether there will be any other charges. Unreliable companies will always try to add undisclosed charge such as an “emergency service charge”.
BBB.org lets you search by Business name for local locksmiths to see if they have any complaints filed against them. You will also be able to see if a company has any complaints in other states.
A Locksmith should have a hop, ensuring that can contact them in the case of a claim. Mobile only locksmiths should only be contacted if you got their name via a reference. Unreliable locksmiths may list a physical location, but nine out of ten times the address is false. Be sure to ask them where they are located.
Always ask for their legal name, should they use a generic phrase such as “locksmith” when answering the phone. If they refuse to give you their legal name, call another locksmith.
Calling a local number increases your chances of actually finding a local locksmith. Companies that advertise via many physical addresses and a whole bunch of local numbers should not be trusted.
Common sense always pays. Shop around to be sure. Most reliable companies are usually in proximity to each other. Don’t go for a locksmith that quotes prices that sound a lot cheaper than most others. Trust the saying: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Remember always to ask ID: A legit locksmith won’t mind. He will always identify himself and provide you with the name of his locksmith business by producing a business card or something similar. Information should match the name on his vehicle. Send them away if there is nothing on the car to identify them Just say, “No”
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