How to Pick a Reputable Locksmith Service
Have you ever found yourself locked out of your car or your house? You’ve either misplaced your car keys or locked yourself out of your home. Typically, the first inclination is to resort to family and friends for assistance or a replacement set of keys, but this may not work out. The next step is to contact a local locksmith. However, before you sign a contract with a locksmith, you should think about the company’s dependability and honesty.
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection body, some locksmith companies may advertise in your local phone directory but are not local. Worse, these ‘technicians’ may lack sufficient professional training and may end up causing more harm to your home. The FTC has already recognized and reported on this: A company not situated in your region has a business name similar to the terms of other local locksmiths.
This business uses a regional location and phone number to advertise in yellow pages and online directories. In reality, there is no storefront, and the local phone number is forwarded to a location outside of your town. Then you might not get an estimate for the locksmith service at all, or you might get a fake quote. When the locksmith arrives, he may demand extra money, putting you under strain and leaving you stranded. If the locksmith only accepts cash, it’s another red flag that the company isn’t a legitimate local locksmith.
Their many listings can identify these phony “local locksmiths” – often as many as 30 in a single phone number. The phone numbers for all of these listings are sent to a single central call center, despite being listed under different names. Operators, who may or may not be trained, are dispatched to your location.