When Is The Right Time To Call A Locksmith?

Posted on: 25 January 2016


If you get locked out of your house or vehicle, you may hope that there are alternatives to calling an emergency locksmith to get you out of your jam. The truth is, you should contact a professional, rather than rely on breaking in and risking damage to your home, car, or self. The cost of calling a locksmith may actually be a cost-effective approach to the situation that saves you money in the long run.

Keep the contact information for a reputable local locksmith on hand in the event that you find yourself in one of the following situations:

You are locked out of your car late at night or on the side of the road.

Be sure to request ID from the locksmith that arrives to assist you when you call for roadside assistance. Don't let personnel lacking proper ID have access to your vehicle.

You are locked out of your home, with no means of entry.

You could potentially do property damage to your home that is not covered by insurance when you attempt to break-in. Call a locksmith and avoid breaking windows or damaging your doors' locks.

The only key to your car or house becomes broken.

If you accidentally break your key off in a lock, a locksmith can likely make you a new key without the hassle of changing your locks.

The lock to your door is faulty or acting up.

Whether this is a factory issue or evidence of some other problem, a locksmith will be able to help you enter your vehicle without damage to your doors or locking mechanisms.

Other things to keep in mind when you need a locksmith include:

  • Don't wait until you need help to locate a decent locksmith. Take time to find one and retain the contact info in your wallet or purse in the event of an emergency.
  • Confirm that the price for service matches what you were given on the phone. Also, be sure to clarify the cost before any work is done.
  • As mentioned, always ask to see the locksmith's identification before you permit them to assist you. Also, most professional locksmiths will arrive in a vehicle that is clearly marked with the company name. Be wary of those that don't.
  • Don't rely on the police to help you break in to your vehicle. Officers in many jurisdictions will not assist motorists in breaking in to their vehicles, since the tool used can cause extensive property damage. 

Call a local locksmith, such as ARC Locksmith Service, for more information.