How to Avoid Hiring an Unlicensed Locksmith

Getting locked out of your house or car can be a total nightmare. SItuations like these are very stressful and requires a clear mind. Oftentimes, your first instinct would be to call for help from your family or friends to get a hold of your spare keys. However, whenever your relative or spare keys are unobtainable, you are left with no choice but to get professional help.  For this reason, you would resort to searching on your phone for a locksmith near you. In as much as the need to get back on the road again or get into your home is very important; you need to remember that you are going to be entrusting your property into a total stranger’s hand. For this reason, it is essential that you do thorough research and be aware of the locksmith you are hiring to handle your lockout needs. 

When you hire a locksmith, you are basically allowing that person entry into your home, car, or office. This puts you in a vulnerable position if you are unfortunate enough to acquire the services of an untrustworthy person posing to be a locksmith. There are thousands of fraudulent locksmiths reported by Americans in a year. Most scams involve thieves using a locksmith company as a front for their devious motives, others involve charging an estimate on the phone and then overbilling when services are done. There are no foolproof way to ensure that who you hired is someone you can trust for the first time. However, there are steps for you to follow in order to avoid hiring an unlicensed locksmith and putting yourself in a perilous situation.

  1. Find a reliable locksmith before you even need one. Ask around for referrals and references from reliable sources. By doing so, you have more time to really get to know the locksmith company and research about them. Finding a locksmith only when you really need one may lead you to hire a locksmith you know nothing about it, just because they are the most convenient at that time.
  1. Be cautious of locksmiths who arrive in unmarked vehicles. Legitimate locksmith companies have logos and their company name plastered in their vehicles for mobile locksmith services.
  1. Get a written quote of any service you require before allowing any work to commence, including mileage charges, minimums, and other fees. This is to avoid overbilling by unlicensed locksmith companies. If the locksmith tries to inflate the prices for inexplicable reasons and whenever you feel something fishy is going on, do not hesitate to walk away from the deal. Do not allow the questionable locksmith to perform the work on your vehicle or home.
  1. Ask for an ID and proof of licensing. A licensed locksmith who has no motives of doing you harm will gladly show you their certificate of license, some would even present one even before you ask them. This is in no way insulting them but only to confirm that the person you are allowing entry into your home is safe.
  1. Be wary of locksmiths or technicians who insists on drilling and/or replacing your locks or doors. A legitimate and experienced locksmith would have the necessary skills, tools, and equipment to unlock just about any door.

To achieve the level of security and safety you need, and to get you out of stressful lockout situations, we all turn to locksmiths and their expertise. We put into their hands the welfare of our homes and cars. For this reason, we should only hire licensed and legitimate locksmiths to do these important tasks. You need a locksmith that you can trust and rely on. Mobile Locksmith Service is that company. Call us now and get a free consultation.

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