Just imagine this: you realize that you were late for work. You rush out to your car and start it, only to find out that you left your access card in your house. You leave the car running in the driveway, run into your house to get it. However, you come back only to find out that you are locked out of your car and it is running. You have no spare set of keys as your husband is the only person who has a spare key.
What to do
What will you do in such a situation? Don’t tell me that you will smash a window and risk injuring yourself. The best thing to do in such a situation is to look for a reliable locksmith to help you out. However, this is where most people make a mistake.
They search online for any locksmith who offers locksmith services around their area and hires them. Why? Because they are desperate to get back into their car and do other things. However, it is not a good idea to hire the first locksmith you come across as all locksmiths are not created equal.
Some locksmiths may look credible and qualified online but they may not be what they look like online. In fact, some of the locksmiths out there will unethically charge you for a routine service as they know that you are in a desperate situation and need urgent help.
When you find yourself in a sticky situation, you may not have the time to check online reviews and look for a reliable locksmith. However, did you know that you can avoid being taken advantage of during such a situation? Here’s how:
I am sure that you have the old saying “Plan for the worst but hope for the best.” This saying comes in handy when it comes to looking for a good locksmith as having an emergency contact list handy at any time is always important. Ask for recommendations and check online reviews to find a reputable locksmith in your area.
Look for local companies
When it comes to locksmith services, local companies are usually the best. A local company is one that serves the area you live in. It is usually not a good idea to hire a national company as most of them tend to invest in spammy online marketing. They make up for what they spend on marketing by offering low-quality services.
If you hire them, you will regret as most of them will come in unmarked vehicles and their techs are typically poorly presented. They also tend to get adversarial with clients and overcharge. Therefore, try as much as possible to look for a local company.
Ask about insurance
Only hire a locksmith who is insured. Otherwise, you could end up being responsible for any injuries or damages that may occur. Therefore, it is good to ensure that a locksmith you want to hire is insured before hiring.
Failure to give estimates
An experienced locksmith can know how to solve the problem that you describe on the phone. So, they can quote you an accurate price. On the other hand, an inexperienced and unreliable locksmith will tell you that he needs to see the problem before giving an accurate quote. Try as much as you can to avoid such locksmiths as they are looking to take advantage of your desperate situation and may end up overcharging you.
Look for signs of credibility
A good locksmith is not afraid to show his qualifications. After all, certifications and accolades can help them outdo their competition. Look for these icons and logos at the bottom of a locksmith’s website. Also look for any awards that a locksmith has earned. Many locksmiths are happy to promote accolades on their sites as a means of attracting customers.
As you can see, finding a good locksmith is never such a daunting task. So, next time you find yourself in an emergency situation that requires locksmith services, follow the tips above and I assure you that will find a good emergency locksmith who will meet your needs. I know that emergency situation in never convenient but hiring professionals will make the situation as hassle-free as possible.