Numerous individuals that could have contacted a locksmith when keys were stuck in the car or a home door lock stopped working, could have unsuspectingly been the victim of a fake locksmith. Since you may be tempted to call the nearest or the easily accessible one, the question is how do you avoid getting conned by scammers should you ever need a locksmith in emergency situation?
In order to avoid being scammed when picking a locksmith service from a telephone book – or from the internet – you will have to use caution. Several “local” companies are not local at all! These scam artists comes in an unmarked vehicle, do a poor job, and overcharge you.
Locksmiths should also be ready to show you their identification and proper documents. Together examining the identification, you should also have a business card and look at to be sure the names match.
Legit locksmiths will show up to your place in a marked car. Still, it will always be a great idea to ask for some sort of identification every time a locksmith arrives. Keep in mind not all states require locksmiths to be certified. When your state calls for locksmiths to be certified, then by all means – ask him to see his locksmith license.
A locksmith worth his salt will probably not need to drill out your locks. A professional and legit locksmith will use special tools to pick home lock doors. With locked cars, they will use a device that slides through a slightly eased car doors and lifts the car door lever.
Before any job begins, ask for a quotation (over the phone). Are there extra charges you will have to pay, for instance for an emergency service? Always ask: “What’s the total cost going to be when the job is finished?” Request a written estimation. If the estimate he provides you with when he arrives do not match up the one he gave you over the phone, find another locksmith!
Always bear in mind to get a written quote even though it was initially given on the phone and when the locksmith arrives at your house ask for the quote just before he starts off any of the work. Should the locksmith hesitate or tries to inflate the amount simply leave the deal. Beware of very low priced quote as it may have concealed charges.