You and many others who might have called a locksmith when their keys were locked in the car or the locks of their home door stopped working might have unwittingly been the victim of an illegal locksmith. In fact while trying to find a locksmith, residents may find that there are a large number of fake locksmiths in their area.
Illegal locksmiths cause annoyance by placing hard to remove stickers on private property. They further insult residents and business owners by using fake addresses and phone number to avoid getting caught. This is a very famous scam tactic for locksmiths who are in this business for the wrong reasons. They give a local address and when the customer calls on their given number they are given an affordable price quote. But when the locksmith arrives and completes the job they charge you with a much higher price than originally quoted. And sometimes if the actual distance is far from the local address, the customer is also forced into paying an expensive travel fee.
If this is the case then what can a person possibly does to prevent himself from being ripped off by these criminals posing as locksmiths?
If you are locked out of your car and you have a roadside assistance service call them first. Such services are often included with the purchase of a car or as an add on through your insurance company. These services can also be bought separately. The roadside assistance plans often have a list of approved companies to perform services like unlocking the cars, jump starting the batteries, changing flat tires, delivering gasoline as well as towing.
A good way to counter ever letting this happen to you, is always see the business rating before hiring for a job. Save the number of a nationwide agency that has locksmiths in your area.
Find out whether or not the locksmith is insured. If during a repair the locksmith damages your property or if his faulty work results in any kind of loss or damages it is important for the locksmith to have insurance to cover your losses.
When the locksmith arrives at your place don’t forget to ask for identification including a business card and where applicable a locksmith license. In addition to the business card check to see if the invoice includes the name of the company and whether the vehicle of the locksmith has a name that matches the business card, invoice, and/or the bill.
Whenever you contact a locksmith always make sure that you are given a quote before they dispatch a service van to your location and be sure and ask the dispatcher that what kind of service vehicle will be coming to your location. And as soon as a service vehicle arrives at your location, be sure to check the locksmith’s credentials and have the locksmith give you a written quote. With this quote in hand you will know up front what you are expected to pay.
So if you are in need of a perfect and trusted locksmith please call us now.