Every now and then, we deal with small problems with our cars that call for the expertise of an auto locksmith. Say, when we snap our keys or get them stuck in the ignition for some reason. In cases such as these, there is no one who can truly help except a professional.
You have to keep in mind, however, that while there are many auto locksmiths out there today, not all of them are created equal. And if you want to make a good choice, you have to do a little bit of research.
Here are steps you can take to ensure that you hire a competent and sincere auto locksmith:
First of all, make sure the locksmith is insured so you don’t end up being liable for accidents, just in case. But don’t stop there; if they claim to be insured, ask for proof. Definitely, you should ask for an ID, and make it a point that the business name you see is consistent, whether on their ID or their business cards and so on.
Asking for Estimates
Before you hire a car locksmith, let them provide a complete cost estimate, which should cover all necessary parts and services A good tradesman or company should be able to give you a reasonable estimate on the phone as soon as you have laid out the details of your situation. Very importantly, know whether or not they will be charging added fees, how much and for what exactly.
When considering cost, watch out for very cheap deals as this often indicates substandard service quality. On the other hand, remember that a higher price doesn’t necessary mean a better locksmith.
If you’re at a loss as to where or how to search for a good locksmith, ask your family members or friends for recommendations. This is usually your best bet (people you know are unlikely to mislead you). Or you can look online, especially reviews posted by consumers. But only read from popular independent consumer websites where reviews are likely to be credible and reliable, instead of those you’ll find in random marketing websites.
Hiring a Licensed Car Locksmith
Finally, never hire a locksmith without a license. A license is no guarantee that a locksmith is good, but it shows that he or she has been properly vetted by no less than the government itself. A valid license also indicates that the locksmith is in compliance with all the laws and regulations of the auto industry. But do make sure to check if this license is not expired.