Monday, February 1, 2016

Why are locksmiths services so expensive?

Why are locksmiths so expensive?

We’ve all been there, asking ourselves this same exact question while contemplating breaking a window to get back inside. After some “serious” deliberating you decided to call a locksmith while still wondering; “Why are locksmiths so expensive?”. There really is a simple answer; they aren’t. Locksmith services are reasonably priced, but with the rise of national locksmith companies, consumers are often stuck paying for extra hidden costs.

So what is a national locksmith company?

A national locksmith company (NLC) is a call center service that often appears to be a local business by using a local area code, which then redirects to a call center. National locksmith companies use aggressive sales tactics to overshadow the local tradesmen. They usually own all the large ads in phonebooks and are the top Google listings when searching for a local locksmith. These call center companies subcontract their work back to these same local locksmiths, but tack on extra fees, so you end up paying more to cover the advertising and sub contracting costs! Due to these misleading adverts, it is often hard to spot a genuine local business.

Support your local tradesmen.

Dealing with a local locksmith ensures you are getting a quick response from a reliable, trustworthy tradesman who wants to uphold his good reputation. When dealing with a NLC you can be stuck waiting for hours for a locksmith as the contractor they send could be anywhere up to 50 miles away.  When searching for reliable, affordable locksmith services, the best advice is to go local! Finding a local locksmith can be the key to saving your money. There are many benefits for going local with your locksmith. For example, if you’ve just returned home from work to find your house key still hanging inside on the key hook, would you phone a call center, wait on hold, only to be told your locksmith won’t arrive for 4 hours? Alternatively, would you rather contact a locksmith based in your own city, who could be to your rescue in just 15 minutes? Seems like a pretty clear decision! Contacting a local company means a quicker response, and often, more reasonably priced rates- you save money and time! Local tradespeople take pride in providing dependable, efficient, quality service- there’s value in a good reputation.

Protect yourself!

Local locksmiths will have an employee answer the telephone and can easily give you a quote for their service. A NLC will have a receptionist answer, wanting to know all your details before issuing a quote.  Ask questions about your local area if you aren’t certain that you’ve contact a local locksmith; always contact more than one locksmith for a quote.

Locksmith services have been wrongfully dubbed expensive because of call center type companies; educate yourself on these shady practices and lock your wallet away from these hidden costs.

Choose Locksmith Care

At Locksmith Care, our great reputation is built upon putting our customers first, and providing excellent reliable service at affordable rates. Whether you’re locked out of your home, or if you have a complex series of locks that requires a professional locksmith – we are certified master locksmiths with a 15-minute response time. We are proudly owned and operated within Toronto ON - if you’re in the GTA and need a fast, courteous, trustworthy locksmith, give us a call at 416-828-2596. Our local locksmiths are always available for 24/7 emergency services to ensure you are never left out in the cold. Feel confident working with us and call us today for professional work that won’t break the bank.