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. Under these circumstances, it’s obvious that only a professional knows the best and safest solutions.
Take note, however, that while you will find so many auto locksmiths these days, each of them is unique. 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 off, you’d like to ask whether the locksmith is insured for obvious reasons – if they’re uninsured, you’ll be footing the costs in case of injury or property damage. If they say they have insurance, don’t just take their word for it; and ask for proof. Of course, you should ask for an ID as well, and be sure that the business name is the same on their business card, truck, etc.
Before hiring an auto locksmith, ask them to give you an estimate, which should include all your costs for both services and any replacement parts needed. Reputable tradesmen or companies would be able to give you a reasonable estimate on the phone once they have a good picture of your problem. 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 don’t know how or where to start checking out good auto locksmiths, your friends and family members might be able to provide referrals. In fact, this is probably the best way to do it. Otherwise, you can research online, paying special attention to customer reviews. However, be sure that you only read from trusted consumer websites (Yelp, Angie’s List, etc.) instead of just marketing websites that are sure to be biased.
Choosing a Licensed Professional
Finally, never hire a locksmith without a license. Although a license doesn’t mean that a locksmith is right for you, it does show that they have been properly screened by the government for their knowledge and skills. A license is also evidence that all laws and regulations of the auto industry are being followed by the license holder. But take do take the time to see whether or not this license is valid.