In order to avoid getting scammed when choosing a locksmith service from a telephone book – or from the internet – you’ll need to use caution. A few “local” companies are not local at all! These scam artists comes in an unmarked vehicle, do a shoddy job, and overcharge you.
Locksmiths should be ready to provide you with their id and appropriate documents. Together looking at the identification, you should also have a business card and check to make sure the names match.
Many emergency locksmiths will arrive at your place in a clearly marked company vehicle. The logo and business name should be professionally painted on the side. If not, you’ll need to be more careful.
Insurance coverage is a necessity for any locksmith; in this job it is not very hard to damage someone’s property, and the insurance helps cover the expense of any trouble for your home. In some areas, locksmiths are also required to be licensed before working on anyone’s property. In United States, some states call for a locksmith to be licensed.
A locksmith worth his salt will likely not need to drill out your locks. A professional and legit locksmith will use unique equipment to pick house lock doors. With locked cars, they will use a device that slides via a somewhat eased car doors and lifts the car door lever.
Just before any job commences, ask for an estimate (over the telephone). Are there extra charge you will have to pay, for instance for an emergency service? Always ask: “What’s the total cost going to be once the work is done?”. Request a written estimate. When the estimate he gives you when he arrives does not match the one he gave you over the phone, find another locksmith!
An insanely low estimation given on the phone is almost absolutely an indication of a fraud. These scam artists will bully you into having to pay much, a lot more once they arrive and you’re left standing there without having a working lock! Insisting on “cash only” may also be a telltale sign of a scam.