There are a lot of professions out there where underhanded workers pretend to have the training necessary to provide complex services. This is the case in the locksmith trade. While most locksmith companies are on the up and up, there are individuals operating out there that really don’t know what they’re doing and aren’t licensed to perform locksmith services. In extreme cases, an individual can pose as a legitimate locksmith in order to break into your home later.
When you’re choosing a plumber, an electrician or another tradesman you always make sure that you are dealing with someone that is reputable. You should be doing the same with a locksmith. All of your precious belongings are inside your home and you’ve probably paid a lot for the car you own. An unprofessional locksmith can damage your locks within a few minutes or cause other damage to the doors. You’ll need to trust the company you’re working with completely. Here’s how to distinguish a trusted company from an illegitimate one.
A Professional Website
A legitimate company will have taken the time to put together a quality website that is easy to navigate and looks good. Fly-by-night locksmiths don’t invest in websites and in the rare case that they do, you’ll see a site that looks simply thrown together and unprofessional in appearance.
The company should have a physical address within the locality. A legitimate and trusted locksmith company will have a store that you can visit to get keys cut and to pick out a new lock. Look for a physical address on the website and if you don’t see one, move onto the next locksmith.
A Real Phone Number
A locksmith isn’t working in different areas around the country. If you only see a 1-800 number listed on the site, this isn’t a good sign. The phone number should contain the local area code so that you can call it quickly for help and know that the company operates locally.
A legitimate company will give you an estimate over the phone and stick to it once the locksmith arrives unless you’ve supplied incorrect information. If you have been given a vote of $50 to get you into your car and the locksmith shows up and does the work and then asks for $150, you’ll have a problem. A trusted locksmith has no problem providing a written estimate before starting the job and it should correspond to the previous estimate you have received on the phone. Once he has done his work he should also provide a company invoice.
Don’t ever look on Craigslist to contact a licensed locksmith. Your best bet is to look through the search engines to find one that is legitimate. If you aren’t in an emergency situation and have time to research one in your area, you can also ask for references. This is a good way to find out whether the locksmith company is trusted, does good work and charges a reasonable price.
Locksmiths in Arizona must be licensed. When the locksmith shows up you should ask to see a copy of his license before any work is done. If he can’t provide a copy of the license, this is a good indication that you have contacted a locksmith that is running an illegal company. A legitimate locksmith will be more than proud to show you his or his company’s papers.