Too many people are caught off guard when they need the help of a locksmith. Unfortunately, there are too many locksmiths out there who take advantage of this fact by providing sub-par services at outrageous prices, knowing that someone who is locked out of their home or auto may be too shaken up to realize they are being duped. By taking preventative measures and knowing what to look for when hiring a locksmith, you can prevent becoming one of those people.
The first thing you should check when trying to hire a home or car locksmith is their locksmith’s licensing. Illinois requires all locksmiths be licensed, so any locksmith should be ready and willing to prove their standing. If the locksmith refuses to furnish their license or ID, look elsewhere. Furthermore, good locksmiths will ask you for some form of ID to make sure you are the rightful owner of the property.
Most legitimate locksmiths have an address that is linked to a legitimate storefront. If you have the option, you should check to make sure the address given to you by the locksmith is not fake, or simply the address of a vacant lot or building. If the locksmith does not have an address linked to a legitimate storefront, ask why. Some locksmiths are mobile and should disclose this to you without hesitation. With that said, you also want to make sure your locksmith arrives in a marked service vehicle.
Additionally, you will want to ask about the legal name of the business. Some “companies” operate under a variety of names and send out untrained professionals to assist customers. Make sure you are dealing with a legitimate business and not one of these ‘networking’ companies.
When you first call a locksmith, he or she should be able to provide you a quote over the phone. Upon the arrival of the locksmith, you will want to double-check this quote before he or she begins service. Do not sign any documents with a blank price line and be sure to inquire about additional fees. If a locksmith tells you a lock has to be drilled and replaced, consider asking for a second opinion. Many fake Chicago locksmith businesses will choose to drill a lock in order to sell home or auto owners a new lock at an incredibly inflated rate.
Above all, be prepared. Seek out a good locksmith service before you need one. Cross-check online reviews and save your locksmith’s number in your phone or wallet. There are plenty of high-quality locksmiths in Chicago that will help you when you lose your keys or need a new lock, you just need to know where to look!
- When you find a good locksmith, keep their number in your phone!
- Get a quote! Ask about any additional fees and double-check this quote when the locksmith arrives
- Cross check online reviews
- Ask for the legal name of the business as soon as you call to avoid ‘networking’ companies that dispatch unlicensed individuals and operate under multiple name