You might need an old lock replaced. Change of residency in a rental unit often requires the replacement of current locks if a former renter fails to return his or her keys… and then there’s the ever-popular “locked out of the car” (or the house). Locks can break, or jam, and — as you might recall from recent social media articles all across the internet — there’s even the occasional mysterious old safe that requires opening… particularly if you’ve just moved into a new house, and it was hidden in a wall, or under the floorboards.
How do you go about finding a trustworthy locksmith? This might not be as straightforward as it sounds. For starters, many locksmiths advertise themselves as local locksmiths in areas where they are not local. They do this by mimicking the name and advertising style of existing local locksmiths; they’ll even take out ads in the phonebook that make themselves appear to be local to multiple areas within a fairly broad geographic region. Likewise, a local locksmith might take out multiple advertisements in a phonebook and in local newspapers, appearing to be as many as thirty separate services when, in fact, it’s all the same service.
The former — the “local” long-distance service provider — relies upon confusion in an emergency situation to generate much of their income. They will quote you a price over the phone, and then arrive after a significantly longer wait than you were expecting — often in an unmarked vehicle — only to state that the final price is going to be significantly higher than what was already mentioned, leaving you in the position of having to pay egregiously in excess of what you were expecting… or else wait for another locksmith, in a situation where time is already likely a factor. Many people will simply pay out, in this situation.
The latter — the “masquerader” — makes it difficult to trust the locksmith’s reputation. You have no idea, regardless of which locksmith you call, who is going to show up. You could reject the services of a company with a bad reputation, and choose another instead — only to wind up with the same individual, and you may well never be the wiser.
Some locations make it easy for you. For instance, if you want a reputable and local Asheville locksmith who will provide you with quick and efficient service, you can’t go wrong with Asheville Lock Locksmith Services. They’re a widely known service provider serving local business and residents in Asheville and in the surrounding areas of North Carolina, with a reputation for speed and quality of service.