Ask, Is that the total price?

When calling around to locksmith companies one of the most important questions that you can ask is, is that the total price? This is extremely important especially when price shopping. Most locksmiths split their estimates into two separate prices, a set service call price and then an additional fee which would include both parts and labor. When you are calling into a locksmith company and you hear a price that is somewhere between 15-40 dollars that is likely only the service charge portion. That is why it is important to ask, is that the total price? This will leave you from facing a much higher rate once the technician arrives on scene. Even if the dispatcher over the phone is unable to supply a total price then it is recommended that you speak with the technician himself before he arrives so that you may receive a ballpark estimate.

Most of all make sure to research prices online for mobile locksmith services so you have an idea coming in. No locksmith company can offer to make a car key for a total of 40 dollars, with a little prior research you can find that most car keys generally start around $120 and then vary highly depending on security. So remember to save yourself time or hassle when calling a locksmith to research before hand and make sure to ask all applicable questions for your service. Of course you can always cut the search for a professional locksmith and call Phila-Locksmith to handle your lock and key needs.


How A Locksmith Determines Price

To the ordinary citizen lock and key services are a foreign concept that not many people fully understand. This puts people looking for locksmith service behind the eight ball. Exactly how much does it cost to make a Lexus car key or to re-key a lock are common questions that we receive because many people are unsure of what the range can be.

Some unscrupulous locksmiths prey on customers such as thing running up charges of inordinate amounts simply because the customer was not properly informed on normal industry costs. Phila-Locksmith prides itself on only charging the standard cost of service so that we have our customers coming back to us time and time again.

What are prices based on?

Prices on locksmith service differ from company to company simply because of experience or volume of work that the firm completes. However, this range is normally only a small difference unless one of the locksmith companies is attempting to over charge you.

It is important to remember that locksmiths are trained professionals and their time is valuable. This is where the main cost of locksmith service is implemented and can depend on the amount of training that the technician has. The reason for this is that the more sophisticated the service that must be completed the more expensive the service will be.

Re-keying a door, for example, is the cheapest locksmith service that Phila-Locksmith completes and can be done extremely cheaply compared to replacing locks. There still is a difference in price, once again, depending on the level of security that the lock has. This is for two reasons:

  • More sophisticated lock parts are more expensive
  • Higher level security locks are more difficult to adjust

Cars, especially high security, on the other hand are more expensive for multiple reasons:

  • Many other locksmiths can not complete car key services
  • Parts costs are substantially greater
  • Liability

Overall prices for locksmith services range based on the sophistication and security level of the lock. Basically the tougher the job, the more costly it can be.