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Everything You Need To Know About Locksmiths

car keysIf you own a house or vehicle chances are at some point in your life you’re going to need the assistance of a locksmith. From locked doors to new key remotes, the distinct skills of a locksmith are extremely valuable … but do you know all there is to know about these everyday heroes? Here is some information we gathered from UnitedLocksmith to better inform you.

There are a variety of services locksmiths provide including:

  • Residential, auto, and commercial unlocking of doors and windows
  • Key cutting (house keys, safes, garage)
  • Broken key extraction
  • Rekeying and repairing door and window locks
  • Security for businesses (access control, security gates, alarms)
  • Protection of safes (unlocking, repairing, installing)

Pertaining to your vehicle needs, an Auto Locksmith can:
  • Reprogram a vehicle after the keys have been stolen
  • Cut a new set of car keys
  • Program a keyless remote
  • Program a transponder key
  • Retrieve locked in keys
  • Rekey, replace, or repair ignition
  • Help in a car lockout situation

Do I need a locksmith?
Security is very important for our homes, vehicles, and businesses, and one of the best ways to ensure this safety is the workings of a professional locksmith. An experienced locksmith can help make recommendations, along with installing the locks or security system themselves.
When dealing with your vehicle needs, such as getting your key fob programmed or key cutting, a locksmith is a much cheaper option than going to your local dealer. Emergency locksmiths are also open 24 hours a day and can be at your side quickly in a locked-out situation. 

Before calling a locksmith, make sure you actually need a locksmith. This means:
  • Double checking to see if any other doors are open
  • Finding a spare key

   Where can I find a locksmith? 
    Locked Out:

  • Call roadside assistance first if you have it. They have a list of reputable locksmiths.
  • A simple Google search to find a locksmith nearest to you.
    Less Urgent Needs:

  • Find recommendations from friends and family.
  • Look for local businesses with good reviews.
  • Shop around to find the best rates.
  • Ask locksmiths about their experience/training.
    How do to determine if the locksmith is a professional: 
  • Try to do research beforehand.
  • Beware of fraud.
  • It is important to check the locksmith’s information before beginning service to confirm that the individual works for an actual business, one who is local to your area with an actual address (steer clear of 800 telephone numbers).
  • It is important to note too, that a credible locksmith should also be checking your ID to confirm you are the owner of the property before beginning any work.
  • Make sure the locksmith has insurance in case damage occurs.
You can find locksmiths that are credible by the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) here

How much will it cost? 
You should always get a price estimate over the phone prior to a locksmith’s service. You should ask:

  • What all they charge for and the factors that might make this price change.
  • To get this price estimate in a written form to help ensure the final pay is similar.
  • What type of payment method they accept to make sure you have it readily available.
The price of a locksmith varies from what you are having done, to how far they must travel. You can expect to pay at least a $15 service fee on top of the price of the service. So, shop around and make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck!

Do you have any stories or tips on locksmiths? Share them in the comments, and be sure to share this post with your friends!
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