Need a locksmith?
It was a dark and stormy night. When I dashed outside to check my car windows, the front door slammed shut behind me. Oh no! I was locked out.
If you’re locked out of your home or car, you may need to find a locksmith. As you search online, you’ll probably see multiple ads that appear to be for local businesses. In reality, some will actually connect you to call centers in another city. Operators in the far-off call centers may give surprisingly low estimates and dispatch poorly trained locksmiths. When the locksmiths show up, they say the job will cost much more than the estimate you were quoted and they insist you pay with cash. They hope you’ll be desperate enough to pay.
These FTC tips can help you find a reliable local locksmith. To start, before you hire anyone:
- call and confirm the business name, address and total cost estimate for the job
- get details about the locksmith’s license, registration and insurance
When the locksmith arrives, verify the information you got on the phone.
One more idea — consider finding a locksmith now, before you need one. Keep the company name and number in your smart phone or wallet ... just in case.
As for me, I was lucky. My neighbor keeps my spare house key — and she was home.