Locksmith Overcharging Is More Common Than You Think

It may have happened to you before. You have locked yourself out of your home or your car so you go online and find an emergency locksmith who claims they charge $20 or $30.

melbourne city locksmiths - locksmith overchargingThey come to you, they get you back to your house or your car, but you end up paying 3 or 4 times the amount that they had quoted. This happens all the time. Many of our customers tell us that they have been through such an experience and all we can do is to sympathize.

Here are some tips you should know before you request a service from a locksmith:

  • Check their legislation. Professional locksmiths are usually registered with locksmith associations such as the Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia. If they should be reported for overcharging or any other unprofessional behaviour, they will likely lose their license and it will make it difficult for them to find work.
  • Request a written quote. Never, ever allow a locksmith to start work before they give you a written quote. Unprofessional locksmiths will provide you with a verbal quote because they know that there is nothing much you can do when they overquote.
  • Lastly, if you find a service that you like –¬†stick with them and save yourself the trouble of having to find a new locksmith whenever you need one.

Our team at Melbourne City Locksmiths pride ourselves on providing professional and transparent services to our customers. Contact us today.