How to Find a Local Locksmith: Tips for Choosing A Reputable Professional
It finally happened. You locked your keys in your car. You lost your house keys. And life feels like it’s coming to an end.
You don’t realize just how important those little pieces of metal are until you lose them. So now the important question: How to find a local locksmith?
Odds are you go to Google and type in something like “local locksmith” or – let’s be honest – “I need a cheap locksmith.”
Do you click on the first link that comes up?
When you’re looking for a trustworthy, local locksmith that can save the day (and not break the bank), you need to know a few things:
- The danger in hiring the first locksmith you see on Google
- What to look for in a locksmith
- If there’s a better way to find and hire a local locksmith
- How to prevent ever needing an emergency locksmith again
Let’s get right into it.
The Danger of Hiring a Locksmith from Google Ads
Nowadays, we all take to Google to find answers quickly. Why can’t you just type in “locksmith near me” and choose the first suggestion?
The problem is that the first few links on Google are probably going to be paid ads.
You can tell that these are ads, because there is a little green box that says “Ad” next to the URL.
While we’d like to think that Google somehow vets these advertisers for quality of service, the reality is that anyone can pay money to rank for a keyword like “local locksmith.”
In a recent New York Times article, journalist David Segal explains that, while it may seem from the paid ads you click like you are calling a local business, you may instead be calling a redirected phone number routing your call to unlicensed, unvetted professionals who quote one price on the phone, and an entirely different price in person.
With KeyMe, you not only get a list of local locksmiths–vetted and approved through KeyMe’s partnership with LocksmithDirectory.com, you also get KeyMe’s 100% satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason, you are not 100% satisfied with your locksmith, you can call KeyMe Customer Support at 1-855-343-5776 and we will make it right. Finally, some accountability!
How to Make Sure Your Local Locksmith is Reliable and Trustworthy
With KeyMe’s help, you can be sure you will get a great experience. But just to be safe, there are a few things you should look out for when hiring a locksmith.
First of all, you need to know that locksmiths in your area may not be required to have a professional license (this depends on which state you live in).
So, what can you do to make sure that your locksmith is trustworthy, reliable, and professional?
Before you click on the first ad you see on Google, there are a few checks you can perform to ensure that your locksmith is reliable.
Instead of clicking on ads, scroll a little further down to find what Google refers to as the “Local Pack.” These locksmith businesses near you contain reviews of local locksmiths from real customers so you can get a closer picture of the professional you are hiring.
Unfortunately, one of the things the New York Times article points out is that these call centers have created fake locations with fake pictures to make their local listing look like a place close by. They even flood Google with phony reviews as well. So review these listings closely to find a trustworthy business.
Next, when you find a locksmith to call, ask for a price over the phone. Any true professional should be able to estimate the cost of your repair over the phone. If they can’t, or they try to quote you an “introductory price,” beware.
If you want to go the extra mile, ask your locksmith if they hold a professional designation. The Associated Locksmiths of America, Inc. (ALOA) grants the following designations to locksmiths across the country:
- Registered Locksmith (RL)
- Certified Automotive Locksmith (CAL)
- Certified Professional Locksmith (CPL)
- Certified Master Locksmith (CML)
- Safe Technician Designations: Certified Professional SafeTech (CPS) and Certified Master SafeTech (CMST)
Many will advise that you do research, such as background checks, insurance checks, and the like, but when you’re stranded and need someone right away, do you really want to cough up extra money and time for that?
We didn’t think so!
Since we here at KeyMe work in this industry, we figured that there must be a better way – and there is.
Navigating the Locksmith Directory
Instead of relying on Google to serve up ads from locksmiths that are reliable, we decided to partner with LocksmithDirectory.com to help you find vetted, reliable locksmiths in your area.
We’ve been able to vet over 10,000 locksmiths across the country so that when you need a reliable, trustworthy locksmith in a pinch, we can help.
In order to find a locksmith using the Locksmith Directory, all you have to do is go to www.key.me and click “Find a Locksmith.”
From here, you can enter your location, and we’ll show you the results for your area. Remember: we only show reliable locksmiths in your area.
If you are looking for more detail on the locksmith provider you have selected, click the plus sign next to their listing. Here, you’ll be able to see additional services they provide, like auto locksmith services or re-keying door locks. Click View Locksmith Profile to get even more detail, pictures and more!
How to Use the KeyMe Kiosk When You Lose Your Keys
At KeyMe, we have kiosks across the country so you can get some spare keys for your home, car, mailbox and more.
Best of all, with any KeyMe purchase, you can opt to save your key using just a fingerprint. This way, your key will be available to you (and only you) at any of our kiosks nationwide. If you are ever locked out again, just head to a kiosk and cut a new one.
To find a kiosk near you, simply visit https://www.key.me/kiosks.
If there isn’t a kiosk near you, can download our mobile app, choose a design, and we’ll mail you a spare.
Isn’t that much easier than dealing with a locksmith?
So, when you’re in a jam and need a spare key, here’s what you need to know:
- Not all locksmiths are professional and trustworthy
- Don’t rely on Google to find a reliable, affordable local locksmith
- Use the KeyMe Locksmith Directory if you need an emergency local locksmith
- Make copies of your keys (and save them) to avoid frustrating lockouts in the future
And there you have it!
Do you have any horror stories that involve dealing with a local locksmith? Share them in the comment section below!