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What to Look for in a Trusted Locksmith

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What to Look for in a Trusted Locksmith

If you’ve never used a locksmith before, you may be worried that you won’t know how to find one that is honest, trustworthy and reliable. After all, horror stories about unreliable locksmiths abound, and it can seem difficult to tell who you can count on. Here are some tips to help you find a trustworthy locksmith for all your security needs.

  • Look for someone who has been in business a while and who can provide you with references. If someone else can vouch for their work, you’ll have a better chance of satisfaction.
  • See how they answer their phone. If they answer with a generic ‘locksmith,’ keep looking. Professionals will identify themselves and their business before attempting to contract with you.
  • Can they give you a reasonable quote before they do anything? If a locksmith says they can’t be sure of the price until after they’ve done the job, they could be scamming you. Unscrupulous locksmiths may do the work, and then demand a much higher amount than their initial quote.
  • Does the locksmith seem to know what they’re talking about or doing? If the locksmith suggests something that doesn’t sound right to you, question it. Suggesting that a lock needs to be drilled or damaged in order to get a door open is unprofessional and could cause more harm than good. If the locksmith doesn’t show up with the right tools for the job, find another locksmith.
  • Most professional locksmiths have a company logo somewhere on them or their vehicle to identify the business. If they don’t have some sort of identification, they may not be as trustworthy as they claim to be.
  • Ask if they’re licensed and insured. This is important because it can protect you from having to pay for any damages they may cause to your car or home while working on it.