If you're locked out of your home or car, a locksmith can be your lifeline - but it's sometimes hard to find a reputable one. Angie’s List says these these tips can help you keep from being ripped off.
• Be wary of companies that answer calls with generic phrases like “locksmith services,” rather than a specific name. If a locksmith cannot or will not provide the business’ legal name, find another locksmith.
• Most legitimate locksmiths will arrive in a clearly marked vehicle and/or in clothing that carries the company logo. At a minimum, the locksmith should have some sort of company identification.
• When the locksmith arrives, ask for identification, including a locksmith license where applicable.
• If the locksmith’s on-site price doesn’t match the phone estimate, don’t allow work to be performed. Fraudulent locksmiths often inflate the final bill and insist the customer pay in cash.
• If you’re locked out, be cautious of companies that recommend or insist on drilling or replacing the lock up front. Most experienced locksmiths have the skills and tools to unlock almost any door.
Locksmiths are not required to be licensed in Missouri or Kansas. Angie's List says if you have any doubts, you should ask for proof that the locksmith is insured and bonded.
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