Key Replacement or Repair by a Mobile Locksmith is No More Expensive than a Shop!
Whether locked out of a car, or your home, a mobile locksmith’s pricing is comparable to that of any mechanic or shop that does locksmithing. Both types of services must come to either your vehicle or your home, and there are many variables. The minimum charge is called a “mobile fee” and usually starts around $35 to $150. Service on weekends or holidays might be much higher, but locations can determine the price, as some higher prices exist in some areas on every service. In addition, if you are locked out of a car, or your home in a very remote area, far from the nearest locksmith, you will of course pay higher prices.
There are many factors to consider and checking prices thoroughly on the phone first will leave you with no surprises. Here are the specifics of what you should discuss when contacting a locksmith.
- The type of lock. A simple lock with a standard key is usually the cheapest service, as only a copy of the key usually needs to be made. The key is generally worn or damaged when it doesn’t engage in your car’s ignition or your door locks. This will only involve making a new copy of a key. If you no longer have the key, or the ignition or door locks are damaged and need removal the prices will go up.
- Electronic car keys, with chips and transponders, of course, will increase the price as there is more work involved in the entire process.
- For door locks, you can save money by purchasing new ones on your own but you should pay attention to dimensions and the type of locks you are installing. Too many individuals run out before consulting with a locksmith and purchase locks that do not fit the existing infrastructure of the doors. In other words, the holes for the new locks are either too large or too small for what you have purchased. Good locksmiths, especially mobile ones, have a selection of new locks with them, or if they do not will know immediately what to purchase.
- Go over taxes, fees, and any other information you feel the locksmith will need so that you will know upfront about all charges and what the total price will be.
- Ask about certifications and experience! Just because a mobile locksmith is cheap, doesn’t mean they are GOOD and you will end up with a bill from a lousy locksmith and also a bill from the good, experienced locksmith that you have had to call in the end anyway.
- Any automotive shop or locksmith who is not traditionally a mobile locksmith must come to your home for any door locks and must come to your location if you are locked out of your car. So the prices overall are the same as mobile charges will exist even with a shop.
You know the old saying, “haste makes waste”. Well, a locksmith that is too cheap will also waste time and money. Any locksmith that cannot give you a price on every aspect of the service they provide should be avoided. Make sure on the first phone call that you know what you are getting and the price you will pay!