Most locksmith businesses have a 24×7 service and are available on call. If you find yourself locked out of your house or car and consulting a business directory to call for a locksmith, you need to be also well informed on the pricing for the service so that you do not get scammed and left with a deep cut in your wallet.
Many locksmiths are honest and have a clear pricing structure for their services, however there are a few who scam customers and extract additional costs for the services.
If you have already have not identified a reliable locksmith in your city, it always better to check with a few locksmith businesses before choosing one. This will ensure that you get to know the prevailing prices and also how any additional services would add to the cost. It would also matter if you are willing to wait for some time to get the problem resolved or you have an emergency. A locksmith will charge an additional cost for emergency services.
The most important thing when you get down to this is to ask the right questions so that you get all the information and the prices.
It matters that you clearly identify the type and make of your lock which needs to be picked. A locksmith usually will have varied pricing for picking locks from different manufacturers as each would have their own secure features and would require additional effort to pick. Also the replacement or rekeying for this would be having a different cost.
A locksmith may have additional costs if the service location is far off and he may also charge for additional hours if it requires significant effort to pick/install the locks. Ensure that you get to know these before you commit to a locksmith.
It always better to ask “What the total cost” would be so that there are no hidden charges that could come as a surprise to you once the job gets done. Always ensure that you check with a few other locksmiths too before finalizing one.
A locksmith usually arrives in a marked commercial vehicle for servicing your request. If he comes in an unmarked vehicle you insist on checking his identification so that you are sure he is from the same business you called for. Many scamsters usually arrive in unmarked vehicles and demand additional costs taking advantage of your situation.
Discuss with the locksmith about the costs which you have been given on phone so that there is no misunderstanding later on. Do not pay up the charges upfront always insist that you will pay once the job is done to you satisfaction. You can also insist that you pay by your credit card as a protection against fraud. This puts in charge and will not give any room for being taken on a ride by the locksmith.
If at any time you feel that you are being scammed it always better to call the Bureau of Better Business and register you complaint.