There are plenty of great reasons why people should look into getting a locksmith. They need a new lock and key for the home or a new set for the workplace. Perhaps the security system is getting replaced at work, and there's a need for a specialist who knows what to look for. The exact reasons are certainly dependent on a host of external and internal factors. Either way, there are potential problems that should be considered when looking at the local selection. Here are four possible issues that should be considered when thinking about the use of a lock and key specialist.
They May Lack Verifiable Certification
For most lock and key specialists, they have to undergo some form of certification training. It varies by state, and there are three levels that the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) will certify for vendors nationwide. Vendors with basic levels of experience will be given a Registered notification. The next step is Professional, and the highest level is Master. There's always the chance the vendor will advertise themselves as a 'Master'-level vendor without certification. This is the largest red flag that one can have about their vendor choice. If they make note of an ALOA certification, then you should be fine.
They May Be Unequipped to Handle a Certain Situation
Part of what a good lock and key specialist will sell is their chameleon-like ability to deal with almost any situation. The reality is that there are some out in the marketplace who do not have the tools to cope with certain situations. For example, you may need someone to get you into your car after locking the keys while in a parking lot. There's always a chance that the vendor you pick does not have the tools to do the job. Make sure you know they can do what you need before calling.
Their Services Cost Too Much
The cost of the specialist's services should not be an issue, especially if they're a reputable vendor. However, you may not be dealing with someone who is perfectly reliable. The best way to make sure you do not have a problem with hidden fees is to get an estimate on paper so that you know what the costs are and avoid sticker shock. Hidden fees are often a sign of shady business and something people hate. Try to avoid those vendors as much as possible.
Be Careful of Scammers
There have been reported cases of scammers taking advantage of people using smartphones to find 'locksmiths' on their search engine. This way, people would get rerouted from searching for the reputable company to a fake website with the wrong number. People on the other end of the line would come out to the customer's location and give an exorbitant estimate. The best way to combat that is to use the ALOA website to find a reputable locksmith. Scammers are spreading across the country, so be vigilant when it comes to finding a professional.