Locked keys in the car, or just locked out of your own house – it could happen to everyone at one point. But beside breaking a window or calling the cops, what can you do to get back in? You can call a locksmith like this one, sure. But how can you find an affordable locksmith in your city?
A locksmith, by definition, is the “go to” guy. He is the guy that will show up in the middle of the night or at the heavy snow storm and will quickly unlock the door lock. But what happened when the go to guy turns out to be someone that you can not trust? He shows up and demands $600 – $800 (in cash!) in order to let you back into your locked car or home?
A $15 locksmith? Is it real? No. The $15 is only the bait. A low fee that you pay to let the guy show up at your location. Next, you’ll be kindly asked to open your wallet wide open, in return, the so called locksmith will do the same to your door. The average fee for cars is $180 – $240, for houses $500 – $800. I almost forgot! An additional $15 fee will be added to your bill. That’s a $15 locksmith call.
Most cities have become an easy target to locksmith scams, and in the past year the web spam involving locksmiths reached a new level, where it became almost impossible to find a real local locksmith.
With all of the locksmith services being advertised nowadays, there is more spam then ever. More than 70% are actually fake businesses, operating under dummy websites and random phone numbers.
An honest locksmith will quote you over the phone for the job (Average ticket for car lockout is $55 – $75, For homes $75 – $85 and for business about $75 – $95 nationwide). It sounds more than $15, but it will be flat rate with no hidden fees or unpleasant surprises when the locksmith arrive to your location.