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How to Identify a Locksmith You Shouldn’t Trust

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How to Identify a Locksmith You Shouldn’t Trust

Choosing a locksmith isn’t always easy, especially if you are locked out of your car or home and desperate for help. How can you be sure that the locksmith you call is going to be trustworthy if you haven’t had time to properly investigate them? Use these tips to help identify a locksmith that you shouldn’t trust, so you don’t get scammed when you need help the most.

 

1. Steer clear from a locksmith who doesn’t answer the telephone with the name of the business. Simply stating “Locksmith,” and asking how they can help should be a tip off that, A) they are very unprofessional, and B) they are probably answering from a call centre that fields calls for a variety of bogus numbers, all run by the same disreputable locksmith.

 

2. Watch out for any locksmith who offers a very low price over the phone. It could be a “bait and switch” scam, where you are quoted one low price, but charged something much higher. Legit locksmiths will offer written or guaranteed quotes, and are upfront about their prices, not evasive.

 

3. Look out for locksmiths who turn up in unmarked cars or vans. Shady scam locksmiths operate out of any old vehicle, but a licensed, bonded and insured locksmith will likely be in a clearly marked vehicle. If you can’t confirm exactly who your locksmith is working for, you won’t be able to hold him accountable if he does a poor job.

 

4. Be wary of any locksmith who starts talking price before he’s properly investigated your problem. Adding on fees, beefing up the price, or threatening to leave you stranded if you don’t cough up the extra cash are all warning signs of a scam locksmith.

 

5. If your locksmith wants to drill your lock, don’t accept it. Drilling out a lock will damage your lock, and force you to replace it. Very rarely, drilling is a last resort, but if the locksmith jumps straight to suggesting a drill, look elsewhere for assistance.