26 Nov How to Find a Reliable Locksmith
Finding a reliable locksmith might sound stressful—after all, you’re relying on someone to get you back into your business while you’re in a rather vulnerable position. You could be a target for theft, fraud, or other threats. Luckily, there are several things you can do to lower your risk of hiring a fake locksmith. Keep these tips in mind the next time you’re in a position where you need a locksmith:
1. Be prepared and vet your locksmith before you need them.
This isn’t always feasible since emergencies happen. However, if possible, find a locksmith you trust before you need them. Do this before you’re locked out, and you’ll have plenty of time to do your research and even meet up with them. You can use all the following tips at this time to make sure they’re the real deal. Then, if you’re ever locked out and need help, all you have to do is call.
2. Check the business address.
Does it appear on Google? Does it match the address on their website? Can they recite the correct address on the phone? If the answer is no, keep searching. If the locksmith has a mobile service or works out of his home, he’ll be able to explain and verify. When he arrives on the scene, ask for a business card and make sure the business name and address match up.
3. Run a search for scams and complaints using the business name.
If other people have had bad experiences with that locksmith, you’re likely to find evidence in online reviews.
4. Does the locksmith have insurance? Is he licensed and registered?
A legitimate locksmith should absolutely have insurance to cover your losses in the event that your property is damaged. Additionally, fifteen states require that locksmiths be licensed or registered, and North Carolina is one of them. Let your locksmith know you want to see it when they arrive.
5. Pay attention to the locksmith’s vehicle.
Did they arrive in a marked company vehicle or a personal vehicle? Be wary if they arrive in a vehicle that isn’t clearly marked with their business name.
6. Make sure they verify your identity.
A legitimate locksmith will ask for identification to verify that you have the right to access the property in question. If they don’t, be wary.
7. Get an estimate and an invoice.
A locksmith who doesn’t provide a price breakdown and insists that you pay in cash immediately might be attempting to scam you. However, if they provide an estimate and invoice that breaks down the cost of labor and parts, chances are they’re legitimate and know what they’re doing.
Now that you know what to look for, you can be more confident in your search for a trustworthy locksmith. Remember: a legitimate locksmith will have no problem answering your questions and providing proof that they are who they say they are. If your locksmith is defensive or reluctant to share details, find someone else, as that’s an indicator that they could be trying to take advantage of you.
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