No one plans losing car or residential keys. These are occurrences that chance even when you exert the most caution. The first thought when you lose the keys is to trace your steps to a possible location when you could have dropped them. If you have the curse of forgetfulness, it is better to make 2 or 3 copies of all keys and keep it at a safe location.
There are locksmith businesses which advertise in the local newspaper but connect you to an automated call center. If the call is answered by a human on the other end, it is best to find more information on the locksmith being sent and the company.
Finding a locksmith near me:
- If you are wondering how to find a locksmith near me, first ask for the full name of the business. If the operator is apprehensive or evasive in providing the complete name of the business, chances are the service is a scam. It is best to disconnect and call the next name on the list
- Before placing a call to the locksmith, run a quick search with keywords ‘review’ and ‘complaint’.
- After asking for the name of the company, have the operator confirm the listed address. If the address given by the operator differs from the one in the ad, seek another locksmith.
- A good and legitimate locksmith services give an accurate estimate when the job is explained. The estimate is inclusive of labor, replacement parts, service call fee and miscellaneous cost which include night call, tool use, and surcharge and mileage fees.
- A legitimate locksmith is covered by insurance should there be any damages caused.
- 15 states require a license. Have the locksmith bring his professional license.
After the locksmith arrives:
Once you’ve narrowed down the list and chosen one locksmith, there are more precautions to take:
- Cross check the company name on the invoice and on the business card given by the locksmith.
- Have the locksmith give a second estimate before he starts work. If the figure varies greatly from the one promised over the phone, consider calling another service. Do not pay for the services if you have any doubts.
- In Las Vegas, and 14 other states, a practicing locksmith must carry a license. Have a look at the license before he gets to work.
- Read any paper before you sign.
- Do not pay till you receive a complete invoice of all the charges including parts, labor and replacement.
- Save the number if the service received is good. You never know when you might need it next.
Resolving an issue should it arise
Any disputes that arise between the locksmith and the client, resolve it first with the company. Any step you take must be done so quickly. There are companies which fail to comply if you complain after a set time. If the job done is not satisfactory, you can always take the matter to the local consumer protection agency. Complaints can be filed at either the State Attorney General or the Federal Trade Commission.