According to the FTC, it is best to do research before you actually find yourself in need of Locksmiths Chicago. Although you may find that you have this time to do research, what should you do in an emergency? The last thing that should be done in this situation is to choose the first locksmith whose name you come across in the yellow pages. In emergency situations, there are certain steps you can take to ensure the locksmiths Chicago you choose are reputable.
Start your search for a locksmith by calling your roadside assistance service, if you have one. Many car insurance providers now offer this service as an add-on to your policy or you may have received this service when you purchased your vehicle. Most roadside assistance plans maintain a database of approved locksmiths to help in this situation.
If you don’t have a roadside assistance plan, look in the yellow pages for a locksmith. When you choose one to call, the first thing to do is verify that the address listed for the phone number can actually be located on a map. Sadly, many companies now list a street address to lead consumers to believe they are local when they actually aren’t. Others though will be a mobile business which would explain why they don’t have a set address although some maintain one for communication purposes.
When a company answers the phone with a generic phrase such as ‘locksmith services’, be very careful and ask for the name the business operates under. If they refuse to provide you with a company name, it is best to look into other locksmiths in Chicago. You want to ensure you are dealing with a reputable company and a reputable firm will be more than happy to share this information.The locksmith should offer insurance information when you call to request his or her services. Ask and see if this information is given.
When the locksmith arrives, request identification and a business card. Request an estimate from the locksmith when he or she arrives also. Many provide an estimate for basic services, such as a lockout, over the phone. Finally, never sign a blank form giving permission for work to be done. A detailed invoice is always best in this situation.