You need a locksmith and aren’t exactly sure how best to select one, here are some useful tips you can use to help and get you started in the right direction.
One of the first questions you’re going to ask when you phone up the locksmith is how much it’s going to cost. If you’re like most people, you have no idea how much it will cost to have a locksmith come to your home to open a door for you or to have one meet you in the parking lot at the shopping centre to help get your car door open. It’s a good idea to call 3 different locksmiths to get a quote from each one. A quote that sounds incredibly low is a red flag. Some companies will give a low estimate and then show up to the job demanding a higher price.
Look for a middle-of-the-road estimate that sounds reasonable and then proceed with that company. You don’t have to pay a giant price to get your doors open while a low quote should send off alarm bells.
A Local Locksmith
When you’re looking for a locksmith make sure that the company is working nearby. If you contact one that isn’t in your area you may have to pay for extra travel charges. The locksmith company should have an office in the vicinity that you can physically walk into.
A Legitimate Company
Look for a company that has a professional website, a local address where you can find a physical office and one with a local phone number. When you call up the phone number the person answering the phone should answer with the company name. If this isn’t the case, simply hang up and try another one.
Insurance and Liability
A locksmith company should be insured so that you aren’t liable for any accidents that happen on your property. As well, the locksmith must carry a license if he is performing his trade in Phoenix, Arizona. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof of these things before allowing him to get started on the work. You have the right to ask questions and then cancel the job even if the locksmith has traveled to help you in an emergency.
Getting There Fast
If you look at most locksmith websites they will give you an approximate amount of time it will take to respond to your call. You’ll be looking for one with a fast response time in an emergency situation. If it doesn’t state an average time on the website, this is one of the first questions you should ask when you phone make the call.
Once the Locksmith Shows Up
When the locksmith shows up there a few things that you should also keep in mind. If he arrives in an unmarked vehicle, this should be a concern. Legitimate companies have marked vehicles that display their name and perhaps a logo. The locksmith should also be able to show you his license to perform the services and provide a written estimate. When the work is done an itemized invoice should be prepared and you may have to sign off on it.
Prepare for Next Time
While we all hope that there will never be a next time and that you’ll never get locked out of your residence or car again, this isn’t a perfect world and we all make mistakes. The best thing that you can do is write down the name of the locksmith company you used if you were happy with it and keep it in your wallet. The locksmith may also offer you a business card and you should hold on to that for dear life. When you already know that you’re dealing with a locksmith that you can trust, it’s always a good idea to keep this number on hand for future reference.