ATLANTA – Georgia is cracking down on a locksmith company after allegations of them taking advantage of its customers. State officials say this particular company engaged in unfair and deceptive practices. Read More…
And that, the I-Team’s Dana Fowle discovered, hit customers in their wallets.
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No. The cost of replacing a car or house window is more, $100 and up. Even if you claim it on your insurance, you will pay with higher premiums.
Some dishonest locksmiths out there will rip you off in your time of need. Many will quote a low price, usually $39.99 or $29.99 for lockout service. What they don’t tell you is that charge is only for the SERVICE CALL. They will charge you an additional $100 or more to actually UNLOCK your car or home.
If that is not enough, they will request your credit card number before dispatch. They will also tell you that they will be at your site within an hour. Most of the reports are that they will keep you waiting well over an hour.
When you call a locksmith, make sure the price quoted is the TOTAL price. If you are unsure, call your insurance company or a roadside assistance provider such as Cross Country or AAA. Find out who they would recommend. Any locksmith that provides service to these companies must carry insurance, be licensed and have a high rate of customer satisfaction.
A master-keyed system involves each lock having its own individual key which will not operate any other lock in the system, but where all locks can be operated by a single master-key. This is common in office suites or apartments. You can even have us install a Grand Master Key system which enables individual keys to open common areas such as conference rooms and common areas.
A cylinder in a lock is the mechanism in which a key is inserted. If you have a lock that uses a key for the outside of the door, and has a thumb turn for the inside of the door, that is considered 1 cylinder.
If you need a key to unlock the door from the inside as well as from the outside, that is considered 2 cylinders.