How to avoid being overcharged by a LocksmithPosted: May 16, 2011 Filed under: Locksmith | Tags: $15 locksmith, colorado locksmith, denver locksmith, locked out, locksmith charge, locksmith con, overcharge locksmith, scam locksmith, unethical locksmith Leave a comment
When they show up they change the price. You are furious! This is illegal, you say to them and you refuse to pay. On the other hand, your dinner is spoiling as you speak. You would be surprised, but many people just pay and grumble the whole way home!
Call around and find a locksmith company that is registered with your local Chamber of Commerce or that is a member of a Professional Locksmith organization. Ask their prices, hours, and most of all ask about their business license and professional licensing or credentials. The best locksmith is one who cares about your concerns and wants to help.
They will quote prices and hopefully a flat rate on certain calls with no hidden prices or bait and switch scams or con games. Beware the Locksmith that refuses to quote a price… this is a dead give away to a con artist.
Once you have researched and found a Locksmith you trust put their phone number in your cell phone, wallet, or phone book. Also, promote this locksmith to your friends and business associates to save them a hassle as well.
Avoid scams and con artists by doing your research BEFORE you need a locksmith. Find a locksmith that is reputable and has good references and who is certified and insured. Keep their phone number on you so that you can reach them when you need them. Give the number to friends and co-workers to help them out.
Also, report unethical locksmiths to the BBB and the Federal Trade Commision. http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt032.pdf
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