5 Tips to Avoid Locksmith Scams
Take the time to do your research, find a trusted local locksmith before needing one in an emergency!
Locksmith scam artists exist, and they tend to target home and car owners when they are at their most vulnerable..in an emergency. When people are panicked they make bad decisions.
Having a locksmiths card, contact details or even follow one on social media will help you avoid being scammed.
Here are 5 tips to help you find a trusted locksmith.
- Look for a real “local” locksmith
The best way to know whether a locksmith is trustworthy is to ask around. Find someone you trust that knows a trusted locksmith, it cuts your workload in half.
A decent locksmith will rely on referrals
- Check the locksmith’s credentials
You are well within your rights to ask for proof of ID, this person or company will be breaking into either your home or vehicle. The least you can do is make sure they are whom they say they are.
- Ask the locksmith for a cost estimate
As we said earlier, find a locksmith before the emergency. When doing so, find out a rough cost estimate.
This is because some companies will pray on the ‘emergency’ side of the job and end up costing you an arm and a leg
- Don’t let the locksmith drill your lock
If you are locked out and the locksmith’s first option is to drill the lock be very suspect. Typically drilling locks are only required on high-security locks. An experienced locksmith should have the skills and tools to unlock almost any door.
- Questions to ask before hiring
- Where are you located?
- Are you 24 hour?
- Can you give me an estimate?
- What factors cause the price to change?
- Will you be able to prove you are who you say you are with ID
By answering these 5 questions it will give you the best chances of finding the locksmith for you.