It's happened to all of us at some point. We lock our keys in the car or lock ourselves out of the house, and we need to call a locksmith to help us out. But how do you know who to trust? How do you avoid getting scammed by a locksmith? In this blog post, Lockworks Unlimited, Inc. will give you some tips on avoiding being taken advantage of by a dishonest locksmith.
Research the Company
The first thing you should do is research the locksmith company in advance. Make sure they are a reputable company with good reviews. Treat it the same way you would look into a new restaurant before going there. You can also ask your friends or family if they have any recommendations. Once you've found a few companies you feel comfortable with, give them a call and ask about their prices.
Ask About Pricing Over the Phone
Be upfront about what you need and ask if there are any additional costs that you should be aware of. This way, you'll know exactly how much it will cost, and there won't be any surprises. If the locksmith tries to charge you more than the estimate, do not hesitate to call another company.
Additionally, if the prices seem oddly low over the phone, it’s most likely because they are trying to convince you to make an appointment and will raise the price after the job. Always be on the lookout for extremely low and high prices.
Be Aware of Suspicious Activity
When you are speaking with the company over the phone, make sure they state the company’s name rather than answering with a phrase such as “locksmith” or “locksmith services.” When the locksmith comes to your location, pay attention to how they look and act. Consider asking yourself these questions:
- Are they wearing a uniform?
- Do they have ID?
- Do they seem professional?
If something doesn't feel right, trust your gut and cancel the job.
Following these tips will help you avoid being scammed by a dishonest locksmith. Remember, if something doesn't feel right, trust your gut and go with another company. At Lockworks Unlimited, Inc., we stand behind upfront and honest pricing for our customers. If you’re in need of locksmith services, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (650) 955-4662 or fill out our online contact form. We also offer 24/7 emergency services.