Like in any industry, there are always people out there who try to take advantage of innocent customers. The same, unfortunately, is happening in the locksmith industry. In this blog we’ve decided to highlight some tactics used by apparent ‘cheap locksmiths in Melbourne’, and their scams that you can avoid.
How to avoid a cheap locksmiths’ scam?
Firstly, you need to identify if you’re being set-up for a scam or not. A lot of the time this can be tricky, but there are general guidelines you can stick to.
1. Ensure that you are speaking to a real person and in the area you’re calling for
We have heard of a number of customers calling a ‘cheap locksmith in Melbourne’ that aren’t actually speaking with someone in Melbourne. A lot of the time these calls are diverted to an overseas number where wages are cheaper to pay.
By engaging in a service like that, you can never guarantee the duty of care that will be given to your case. If something was to go wrong, or you need further assistance, it can be a hassle trying to follow up with telephone operators in other countries.
2. Don’t click on the cheapest offer you find
Although we’re all guilty of searching for the lowest price, in the locksmith industry prices are generally quite competitive. When you find a price that seems unrealistic, or extremely lower than the others, there is usually a reason for this. A lot of these ‘cheap locksmith’ companies will want you to choose their so called ‘cheap’ service as they’ll later try to make up for the low price. Quite often, the price upon arrival to the job site will be far more than the initial, low priced quote.
This also happens when they make key for cars and use aftermarket machinery. This type of machinery can be very detrimental to your BCM (Body Control Module) and if something goes wrong with it, you can expect to be out of pocket by at least $6,000.
3. Call a fully-insured, Master Locksmith to confirm prices
By calling your local Master Locksmith, you could be saving a lot of time, hassle and money. By receiving a firm quote from the start, you’ll be able to get a much better idea of how much the actual job will cost.
For any more questions on ‘cheap locksmiths’ and the scams that could possibly come up as a result of using such services, feel free to contact any of your local and trusted Master Locksmiths.