Unfortunately, along with all of the honest and legitimate locksmiths here locally, there are a lot of “scammers” out there that are infesting our trade and giving all of the honest locksmiths a bad name. Here are a few ways to help you avoid the rip-offs and find a good, honest locksmith.
- Be wary of the companies with a big, splashy web presence. A lot of the scammers spend big bucks on internet advertising and often have multiple sites listed with phony addresses. While an 800 number alone isn’t enough to identify a scammer, most LOCAL companies have no need for one.
- If a company advertises a rate in their big splashy ad that is lower than everyone else then BE CAREFUL. If they say they will beat anyone’s price, then BE REALLY CAREFUL!
- When the locksmith arrives, ask for identification, before any work begins, including a locksmith license, business license, and insurance coverage.
- Get an estimate before any work begins.
- Most legitimate locksmiths will arrive in a clearly marked vehicle and in uniform.
- If you’re locked out, be cautious of companies that recommend or insist on drilling or replacing the lock up front.
- You trust your home, car, business, and even your family’s security to the locksmith you call – Be sure who you are calling!
- Verify that the locksmith you are calling is a member of A.L.O.A. (Associated Locksmiths of America) and that they are in the database at findalocksmith.com