Have you ever faced a lockout at your home, office or car or have you ever experienced when you insert a key in the door lock and with a little twist, it breaks into half? These are the very stressful situations that can happen to anyone at any time. In this horrible situation, you may call a trustworthy neighborhood locksmith.
Oh! Don’t you have any reliable locksmith number on your smartphone?
Most of the people think about finding a locksmith when an emergency occurs, this process may be easy, but finding a reliable and trustworthy locksmith is a difficult task. ALOA (Associated Locksmiths of America) has highlighted the scams of many scrupulous locksmiths, so you have to beware of the scammers. Here are some tips that will help you choose a reliable, honest, and licensed locksmith.
- Localized Locksmith
When you are searching “locksmith near me” or local locksmith in Tampa try to select the nearest one because far located locksmiths may demand extra charges on their visit.
- Get Reference
Ask your family and fellow if they know about any reliable and certified locksmith.
- Browse on Google
Many locksmith companies have their website (Online presence); so this may help you find many nearby locksmith companies.
- Check their reputation
Always check the ratings and reviews on google, Yelp, and other better business bureau before hiring a locksmith.
- Request for Total charges
Always ask for an estimate including the cost of total parts and labor. A professional locksmith should be ready to give you the overall estimation of your cost.
- Check Credentials
Reliable and reputed locksmiths always come in a marked car and will be in company uniform but they may be suspicious as well, so always request for their identification. If a locksmith that comes at your place, looks suspicious, don`t let him start or carry the work or, don`t pay him until you are completely satisfied.
Possible scam scenario
Scammer locksmiths demand low prices at the start but then change their prices to make them fairly high at the end. They may claim the locks are ruined, they then drill it off, and after replacing the lock, demand a higher rate.