If you’ve ever locked yourself out of your car, business, or home, you know what a hassle it can be to find a locksmith and coordinate getting him to your location in a timely manner. Many locksmith companies don’t seem to be in any hurry to reach their clients; they know you’re stuck where you are so where’s the reason to rush? Additionally, many locksmith companies claiming to be local businesses aren’t local at all, thus increasing the time it takes to get your problem solved.
According to the FTC, local locksmith scams are becoming increasingly common. When you call that “local” locksmith in the phonebook, your call is actually routed to a call center that then sends you a random technician. This technician may demand a price higher than the initial estimate or insist you pay only in cash. It’s all about putting pressure on you in your time of need (if you’re locked out of your house you’re not exactly in a position to argue, right?).
The Fast Action Locksmith Difference
Fast Action Locksmith is a local, Miami-run locksmith company that serves the Miami Dade area exclusively. Our technicians are licensed, bonded, and insured. They’re also trained to deliver top-notch locksmith services with a focus on customer satisfaction. We have built a reputation as a reliable, fair, and consistent locksmith service by delivering fast, efficient service that exceeds the expectations of our customers. Feel free to compare us to other locksmiths as you would any other professional service — we’re confident our reputation speaks for itself.
Fast Action Locksmith can assist you with automotive, commercial, residential, and emergency lock services. Whether you’re locked out of your car, need new locks for your house, or want to upgrade your business’s security, we’re ready and willing to help.
However, there are a few things we recommend you do before and after contacting a locksmith:
- If you’re locked out of your car and have roadside assistance, call them first. Many times these services are included with your vehicle or insurance policy. Roadside assistance programs often have a list of pre-approved companies (locksmiths, gasoline deliveries, etc.) who can help.
- Contact family or friends for help/recommendations. A locksmith can open your car, but your sister might have a spare key. If not, talk to your friends about their locksmith experiences.
- If you find a locksmith in the phone book or via Google, confirm that the address listed really belongs to that locksmith. Many disreputable companies list fake street addresses to appear local.
- Write down several businesses for future reference in case you don’t want to hire the first business you call.
- Ask for the legal name of the business over the phone. A generic name like “locksmith service” is not a company’s legal name and people who refuse to offer a legal name should be avoided.
- Get an estimate for all parts and work. Legitimate locksmiths will provide you with a total estimate. Ask about any additional fees before allowing work to begin and do not allow work to begin if the price does not line up with the estimate.
- Ask if the company is insured. If your property is damaged during the work it is important the locksmith have insurance to cover the cost.
- Ask for identification including a business card or license (where applicable).
- Legitimate technicians should ask for your identity before opening any property and should come in a marked service vehicle.
- Be wary of locksmiths who claim drilling/replacement is the only solution for your lockout. Experienced, trained locksmiths can open almost any lock.
- Request an itemized invoice that covers parts, mileage, labor, and any other costs. Keep this information on file should you need to start a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, web directories, or local consumer protection agency.
For more information or inquiries please contact us at (305) 244-4735.