How to Spot an Unreliable Locksmith?
If you’re locked out of your house or car, you will need a local locksmith to rescue you. Most of the time we do not select a locksmith unless it is an emergency as we have a tendency of assuming that we may never get stranded for some reason or another. Although it is tough to find a locksmith who is trustworthy and reliable, is advisable to do some research and select one in advance for such emergency situations.
There are various ways in which you can figure out if a locksmith is reliable or not.
Name/ Company Title
Some locksmith companies may be private and not publicized with a company name. Some may not even have a website since they operate locally and people would know them by word of mouth. Never do business with a locksmith that has no name or title, unless someone you know have had a great experience with them.
Locksmiths usually provide quotes for your repairs, installations, upgrades or replacements which is a very good practice. However, beware of the price they quote. Sometimes it can be much higher than the market price. Some can offer fake quotes as in the service charges, labor charges, and any other additional charges built up. Do not select a locksmith if they are not providing you an overall quote, or if the price sounds a bit too high or low.
Expertise and Popularity
Everyone would love to choose a locksmith who is popular in the area, and have great experience in the technical work they do. Look up online for their reviews and if you find negative reviews then make sure you look the other way and find someone else. This is something I like to do when doing business online—I always hunt for the reviews.
Lastly, there are many “wannabe” locksmiths who will try to rip you off by providing overpriced services and fake shows. You can spot one before things go wrong. Look for signs like unmarked cars or if they show up and don’t seem to know what they are doing. Make sure you do not fall prey to this kind of company/dealing.