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How Much Does a Locksmith Cost?

low costLow: Copying a Key Runs $1.50-$4+average costMedium: Re-keying Locks Runs $5-$25 per Lockhigh costHigh: Installing Locks Run $20-$30 per Lock
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  Typical costs:
  • The cost of having a locksmith make a "house call" when you've locked yourself out of your home or vehicle varies considerably depending on location, type of lock and time of day, but starts with a minimum charge (also called a mobile fee) of $35-$150 for coming to you. Service on evenings, weekends or holidays can go as high as $150-$250, particularly in high-priced or remote areas and depending how much time and work is involved. Some locksmiths include most standard lock-out services in their house-call price; others charge a lower minimum but additional fees for specific services, such as drilling out the lock. Having the locksmith rekey or replace the locks adds to the total cost.
  • Locksmiths typically charge $1.50-$4 to copy a standard key, but they may charge $3-$20 or more for specialized keys, and it can be $50-$175 for vehicle keys with an electronic or transponder chip.
  • To come to your home and re-key your door locks, a locksmith will usually charge a minimum fee of $40-$100 plus anywhere from $5-$25 per lock cylinder.
  • To come to your home and install new door locks that you supply, a locksmith will usually charge a $40-$100 minimum fee plus labor charges of $20-$30 per lock.
Related articles: Door Lock, Key Copy, Exterior Door

What should be included:
  • Locksmith licensing requirements vary widely between states; in some states locksmiths have to pass an exam and in others, states they simply have to pay a licensing fee. Professional locksmiths should have insurance, plus a substantial investment in equipment and inventory. A locksmith hosts videos discussing how locks work[1] and the standard types[2] of locks.
Additional costs:
  • When getting estimates over the telephone, ask detailed questions about what is included or you may end up with a much higher bill than expected. A locked-out homeowner[3] was quoted $55 on the phone for coming to her home, but ended up with a total bill of $200. In addition to the service charge of $55, she was billed $85.85 to break in (drilling the lock), $15.15 to uninstall the old lock, $5.55 for a new lock, and $15.15 to install the new lock, less a $25 discount both for paying cash and because the locksmith arrived later than promised.
Shopping for a locksmith:
  • If you're locked out of your car and have a roadside assistance service, call that service first. Roadside assistance plans often have a list of companies pre-approved to unlock cars.
  • If possible, call several locksmiths for their rates. Try to give as many details as possible about what you need done (such as the brand of lock and whether it's a metal or wood door, or the make, model and year of the vehicle).
  • Ask about the locksmith's training and experience, whether the company is insured (in case your property is damaged during the process), and if there will be additional charges for after-hours work or other fees. Search for certified locksmiths with the Associated Locksmiths of America[4]
  • When the locksmith arrives, ask for identification, including a business card and, if applicable, a locksmith license (locksmith licenses are required in nine states -- Alabama, California, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas). The locksmith may ask to see your ID, in order to verify your identity and that you are the property owner.
  • The Federal Trade Commission warns against locksmiths that appear local but operate deceptively in wide-ranging areas with an 800 phone number, and without proper professional training. The FTC offers tips[5] for hiring a reputable locksmith.
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Locked out of bedroom
Amount: $185.00
Posted by: Anna, k in Oakley, CA.Posted: November 3rd, 2014 08:11AM
Type of Service: Unlock bedroom doorNumber of Locks: 1
Called for a quote to unlock bedroom lock, 2nd lock done by this company. Was quoted $14 to come out and $35 up depending on the lock. When the locksmith called realized same guy who came out before and didn't like his demeanor, and lack of professionalism. Called the dispatcher back and she said they hadn't been out here before. Guy comes to the door and it's the same one. He told us 185 to unlock the door for 5 minutes work after he handed me a receipt pad, (with no company name or any other info) and had me write my name and address. When I asked what costs $35 he said nothing. Then I said the woman dispatcher said 35 and up so something costs 35, then I asked again, "what costs 35?", again he said nothing. I said I'm not paying 185, he kept going down until he hit 100. Wanted cash or a credit card. I ended up saying no so he said 35 for the trip. I said no it's 14, he said 35 so I called the dispatcher, she said 14 so we gave him 14 and told him to leave. Horrible!
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Marina Del Rey locksmith
Amount: $238.00
Posted by: Andrew K in Marina Del Rey, CA.Posted: October 14th, 2014 11:10PM
Type of Service: Door lockedNumber of Locks: 1
Took about 5 minutes said he didnt charge me an emergency (late night fee) so 65$ for car and then the rest for his service I see lot of people saying less alot saying more. The security guard for my place said that more than once the company charge 1000$ so im happy
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Amount: $15.00
Posted by: Harry L in Northbrook, IL.Posted: August 24th, 2014 03:08PM
Type of Service: NONENumber of Locks: 0
They came in, said the service would be $160 because they had to drill. I said no, paid him the $15 "service" fee and sent him running.
He called his boss, lowered to $80! I said no. He lowered even more and said picking and bumping were a thing of Hollywood! I found a window in the basement and kicked my way in - much cheaper to replace. He still came back offering his tools, likely to charge me for it later.
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He drilled the lock out and installed new one
Amount: $540.00
Posted by: Sergey V. in Brooklyn, NY.Posted: July 26th, 2014 05:07PM
Type of Service: outside lock drillingNumber of Locks: one
Saturday, 07/26/14, 5 pm. I called Lockstmith. Technician came in 30 minutes. Drilled the lock out from outside, installed new hi security lock and charged me $540 in cash only!
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Do not use 24/7 Locksmith in Boxborough MA
Amount: $180.00
Posted by: DeniseMQ in Boxborough, MA.Posted: June 8th, 2014 09:06PM
Type of Service: Bathroom lockoutNumber of Locks: 1
In my 1 bathroom apartment, it accidentally locked without us in it. The locksmith said it would be $19 + $35 service charge, but when he got here quoted me $245.
I said for him to leave and he wouldn't. I told him 3 times to leave and he still refused. I ended up having to pay $180 for him to open the door.
There is no reason this should have cost this much.
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Amount: $35.00
Posted by: Keith (Kwick-Picks) in Ledbetter, KY.Posted: April 16th, 2014 10:04AM
Type of Service: LockSmithNumber of Locks: 0
Im a certified locksmith & charge to pay for my training, equipment & business license fee ea yr. I work alone & not for a big company. I charge $35 to come out M-F during business hours & $50 nights after 5pm & weekends for lockout service & If I can't get you in non-destructively, you pay nothing! I will not drill a lock. These other "Smith's" are a ripoff & giving us honest one's a bad rep! Call SMALL locksmiths that work for themselves. Not on-line or dispatchers. Whether it be your auto or house, I'll get u in cleanly & there's no hidden fees. Service calls are $25/$40(week days/nights & weekends) and its $10 per lock for whatever service u need, whether it be picking, bypassing, or rekeying. Installing new construction devices is a tad higher because it involves cutting mortises, aligning & drilling & cleaning up the mess, but most services are $10ea which almost always only takes 3 - 30 mins. If u can't get a def quote on the phone, call someone else. A man's word is his bond
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Ripped off by Interstate Locksmith. Inc. & Marro & Son Locksmiths
Amount: $205.54
Posted by: neil feigeles in Brooklyn, NY.Posted: February 14th, 2014 10:02AM
Type of Service: Change of lockNumber of Locks: 1
Called up Interstate via their ad in the yellow pages. Was informed that their would be a $59 service call. That that fee would be subtracted from the total bill, whatever that meant...(EG new lock, parts & labor). Plus, 'Gary' arrived 2 days later, asked Gary, about a senior citizen discount, he said 10%. But, once he was finished, was charged for both. Stupidly, didn't look at bill, till after he had left. Didn't receive either, discount. Finally, when we called the original phone number, which was printed in the ad in the yellow pages, today. I was informed (using a different phone) that the service call fee was $49. Somehow thats changed, and that, that fee was not subtracted from the final bill. Amazing. Two different days, two different stories. Total rip off.
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Fees for Locksmith Services-cont.
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: locksmith in springfield, IL.Posted: February 10th, 2014 03:02AM
Type of Service: heads upNumber of Locks: 0
I hope what I have shared with you helps you to understand the legitimate costs associated with locksmith service(s), BUT, so many of these reak of theft! Just think and listen to your inner voice that is telling you that you are being scammed and call the police. A real locksmith knows that when we help you in your hour of need and treats you fairly,that you will gladly accept a business card for future service. Good will goes a very, very long way. (I actually carry a minimum of two auto keys on my person 100% of the time....OK, 97% to allow for bathing.... :P)You're smart, so be up front boldly about prices before they leave to come your way. Best wishes.....Bob
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Fees for Locksmith Services
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Locksmith in springfield, IL.Posted: February 10th, 2014 03:02AM
Type of Service: Food for thoughtNumber of Locks: 0
To Continue---Scammers are the "drill the lock" people because they aren't locksmiths, with rare exception: Such as the Kwikset Smart Key lock, maybe. Additionally, regarding some fees, both during the day and after hours, there may be a mileage fee if outside a few mile radius. These rates should be made clear when talking to a dispatcher. Some posts talked about taking so long to arrive. If they have to drive some distance, the mileage covers gas and wear and tear on the service vehicle. Some have to go retrieve their service vehicle from their place of business, so that eats up time, too. One post said a service tech had to drive 25 miles...that is 25 miles times 2 = 50 miles. So, it is easy to see how some of these cited charges seem exorbitantly criminal, but in reality, prices add up! Still....scammers are scammers and should be sent on their way WITHOUT paying them a penny...(here, definitely call for a policeman/woman because the unscrupulous person came to steal from you.
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Fees for Locksmith Services
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Locksmith in Springfield, IL.Posted: February 10th, 2014 03:02AM
Type of Service: Food for thoughtNumber of Locks:
It is obvious that most, if not all, of the experiences posted here are blatant ripoffs! My suggestion is if you experience this type of occurrence, call for a policeman to come. There is a scam nationwide and you should not fall prey to: "My service man will have to tell the price when he gets there and sees the job." Clearly a scam: hang up immediately! Use local businesses that you know if possible. Having said that, here are a few heads-up pointers to consider regarding pricing. Some service calls are after normal business hours, so the bonafide locksmith will be on after-hours rates, which are generally a bit higher. It is standard to have a "trip charge" simply to come to your location. If it is a simple lockout, a nominal additional fee (which should have been quoted to you on the phone because a REAL locksmith has books/software telling us how to get into a vehicle and short of high security locks, a REAL locksmith should rarely have to drill a lock! More to follow---
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Amount: $129.00
Posted by: Real Lock Expert in Charlotte, NC.Posted: February 6th, 2014 05:02AM
Type of Service: lock outNumber of Locks: 1
You people have to realize this is skilled labor, I understand the scammers with drills, but for an expert to open your deadbolt without damage in minutes is worth the $129
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Cheated- Locked out of the appartment
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Venkat001 in Newbrunswick, NJ.Posted: December 28th, 2013 09:12AM
Type of Service: Number of Locks: 1
I forgot to get the keys and cam out of my appt. It got locked. Called the locksmith guy and asked him to open the door and not to break the lock. To open the door he asked for 145+25 for call service. after bargaining for few min he said 100 minimum in cash. when we agreed he started working on to unlock. He could not unlock the door without damaging the lock. Finally he had to break the lock. Which will cost me additional 65 -100 for replacement. what's the point of calling locksmith guy if he is gonna break the lock. Even i can do that. Felt cheated.
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Amount: $146.78
Posted by: cheated by locksmith in BRENTWOOD, TN.Posted: November 13th, 2013 01:11PM
Type of Service: KEYS IN LOCKED CARNumber of Locks: 1
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truck lock out
Amount: $65.00
Posted by: renegotiateit in bristol, CT.Posted: October 18th, 2013 11:10AM
Type of Service: unlock doorNumber of Locks: 1
well he tried to hit me for 100 to do a 3 minute job but after I told him 2 leave he changed his tune and did the job for 65 .amazing how people change when the thought of the job being lost goes through their head
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Amount: $200.00
Posted by: Nomore help in Swampscott, MA.Posted: May 29th, 2013 04:05AM
Type of Service: Locked out of ApartmentNumber of Locks: 2
Found a locksmith on line for $15 service fee in 15 minutes. Showed up 1 hour later and told me $285 because he needs to drill out. After some negotiation, he said $200 if paid by cash, and he finished in 5 minutes. He asked &20 more be ause he changed the bolt. I didn't give it to him as I knew he was getting cash under table. Never again!
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I dont know!
Amount: $130.00
Posted by: SoClumsy in Miami, FL.Posted: May 23rd, 2013 11:05AM
Type of Service: Key with ChipNumber of Locks:
Need a copy of my car key that evidently has a chip in it. The guy told me $95 on the phone, then now I'm at $130. I mean a few years back it was $82...I am guessing with the economy that $130 isn't so bad (I should have done it a few years back).
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stupid audi driving locksmith
Amount: $240.00
Posted by: titoqan in bellevue, WA.Posted: May 21st, 2013 02:05PM
Type of Service: car lock outNumber of Locks: 1
Air bag + Graber tool + 3 mins = $240.00
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Ripped of from BobLockSmith
Amount: $194.00
Posted by: Jessica Guo in Alpharetta, GA.Posted: April 29th, 2013 08:04AM
Type of Service: LockoutNumber of Locks: 1
website said $15 service fee and $35 lockout fee.rnWhen tech came, he asked how many locks on the door. I told him there are two locks, but I only locked bottom one when I go out. But he insisted the top one is locked and he had to drill out top one and charge me two locks price $75/each lock and $29 for replace the top lock, include $15 service fee total $194. I feel they cheated me the top one is locked and have to broken it. so they can charge two lock's fee and replaced lock. Never believe what they said on web site.rnIt only took 2 minutes labor. What a rip off.
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ripped of from All City Lock and Key
Amount: $125.00
Posted by: Viola Ridley in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: March 14th, 2013 11:03PM
Type of Service: unlock carNumber of Locks:
used an inflatable device to push the window open and then stuck another device to unlock the door. i can $25-$50 but $125. and they were right down the road.
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Vehicle lockout service a rip off
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: A Customer in Newton, MA.Posted: February 25th, 2013 03:02PM
Type of Service: Car lockout -open car doorNumber of Locks: 1
Both their website and dispatcher said $19 service call fee and $35 vehicle lockout fees. When the technician arrived, he said my car lock is "especially difficult" and may go up to $165 as it may involve different methods. I told him to try the easiest way first. It took him less than 30 seconds to open my car door! He said I still have to pay the full $165 regardless the time he spent. I confronted him of his dishonest sales tactics and got 10% off...still a rip off
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lock out
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: pissed off in Sugar Land, TX.Posted: February 11th, 2013 12:02PM
Type of Service: unlock car doorNumber of Locks: 1
My grandson paid 150.00 for 2 min when told it was a $19.00 service call with an additional amount to be determined. The locksmith was 3 miles away. I told him to break the window. You can get a replacement for 30.00. He took a minors whole paycheck. Never again.
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Wahiawa Locksmith
Amount: $209.00
Posted by: Meemers in Wahiawa, HI.Posted: February 5th, 2013 10:02PM
Type of Service: locked out of carNumber of Locks: 1
I got sooo ripped off. $35 just for the call and 165 bucks for the 2 minute job.
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Rip-off from Run Local Locksmith in Arizona
Amount: $289.00
Posted by: Irisaz in Cave Creek, AZ.Posted: January 17th, 2013 08:01PM
Type of Service: Unlock front doorNumber of Locks:
Said there would be a $15 service fee. Guy came to door and told me $289 to unlock the front door. It took him 2 minutes with a small tool. Next time I will tell them to go take a hike.
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So sorry
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: Mike brambila in South lake tahoe, CA.Posted: December 8th, 2012 07:12PM
Type of Service: LockoutsNumber of Locks: 1
I feel so bad for all of you who have been ripped off. I am a locksmith in Tahoe and my anytime of the night lockout fee is 60.00 and when I arrive the price doesn't change. Only once was I unable to pick open a residence, they had a kwikset smart key, almost impossible to pick. You can bypass them but it destroys the lock. To bypass the lock and install the same lock same color and everything, I ended up charging120.00 that was for everything. The people coming out to help you are probably not licensed, and don't know what they are doing
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Locked out with hi seciurity lock
Amount: $410.00
Posted by: Duh in Nyc, NY.Posted: December 2nd, 2012 07:12PM
Type of Service: Replace lockNumber of Locks: 1
Stupid me pressed automatic door lock so door closed behind me and was locked out. Have hi security lock. Was told it takes $29 to despatch. Then locksmith said hes gonna drill into my lock even tho deadbolt was unlicked but door was locked. Said it was $189 to drill open. Then daid to replace hi security takes another $195. Total 410 bullshit dollars. Never use the automatic button again to automatically lock the door behind you.
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new locks on a local store
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Naylee in Hermiston, OR.Posted: November 20th, 2012 09:11PM
Type of Service: new locks and about 7 copys of the keyNumber of Locks: 2
About how much should it cost to get 2 new locks on a store door and about 7 copyies of the key? I lost my copy and now my boss says I need to pay for new locks and keys to make sure no one gets a hold of them and comes in. we have keys! we're not locked in. we just need new ones
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Bad Locksmiths
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: DJG in Wayne co., MI.Posted: November 17th, 2012 09:11PM
I'm a Locksmith in Mi and i can tell you if don't ask a price 90% of you will get riped off by a call center rnalways ask a price.that 15/19/29 dollarsrnfor them to come out is for the person answering rnthe phone.if they cant give you a price callrna different for me i charge 50-80rn24/7 for a lock out
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Lock smith
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: bobsrus in Augusta, GA.Posted: October 1st, 2012 01:10PM
Type of Service: allNumber of Locks: all
People should look at the big picture. These guys have to make a living too. How many Locksmiths are in your city. The on you just picked may no get another lock out call thi week. Some do get alot of calls during the week, while others only get afew calls. With that said Im not speaking for each business but if you happen to be that guys first comsumer of the week and the fee is $100.00. Can you live off 100 a week?>
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Not All Bad
Amount: $40.00
Posted by: Zach Jackson in Tiffin, IA.Posted: September 22nd, 2012 11:09AM
Type of Service: Lock outNumber of Locks: 1
I'm a locksmith with 5+ years of exp. and I chargern$40.00 to come out and do the labor. I think it's a rnRip off these locksmith guys thinking they can hurt us. rnIf you want my advice, go with a small company orrna single guy company like mine. We treat people likernpeople and not paychecks. We're not all bad. Thanks
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Locked out of apartment
Amount: $254.00
Posted by: a user in Quincy, MA.Posted: July 27th, 2012 12:07PM
Type of Service: Unlock DoorNumber of Locks: one - 5 pin lock
Ran out of the apartment and forgot my keys. Was about 8pm on a Thursday. Called a handful of locksmiths and finally after an hour one was able to come out to me (a bit ridiculous it took that long to get someone to even come out to me considering the town is suburb 10 mins from Boston). Asked how much it would cost and person said $29 for service fee (driving to my location) and minimally $19 charge for the labor. Guy came in about 30 mins, took a quick look at the lock (maybe 5 secs) and said it's a medium scurity 5 pin lock on a metal door frame. It would cost $254 including the service fee. Was able to speak with manager and he said he would give me a 25% discount and would now be $190 instead. Continually touted a bs explanation that the locksmith is a professional and needs to charge for that price. Additionally, he was very presurring in trying to have me make a decision on the spot instead allowing time to contemplate the cost. I could tell this was going to take the guy probably 5 mins to unlock the door because he also too was pressuring me saying he needed to get to his next appointment. If this was going to take an hour, he wouldn't have been in such a rush. Tried neogitating with the manager on the phone to no avail. Outweighed the cost and realized that I could spent a night in the Four Seasons for that price. Spent the night at a friends house (thankfully I had my car keys on me) and went back in the morning and my leasing office let me in for free. I had to take work off though to settle this whole ordeal and still costed me $29 for the guy to drive out to me. Definitely do your research because this is an absurd price for 5 mins of labor.
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Locked out of House
Amount: $517.00
Posted by: jonathan medina in San Pedro, CA.Posted: June 22nd, 2012 07:06AM
Type of Service: Unlock DoorNumber of Locks: 2
Locked myself out of the house at 9 p.m. Said I needed to replace the lock cause I had some cheap Home Depot lock. So he drilled it out and added a new lock. He also replaced the deadbolt seeing how he was already there. It's extortion! How else are you going to get into your house. It took the dude less the 30 minutes to drill out the lock and replace it.
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Dang, you people are preparing me for a fight !!!
Amount: $10.00
Posted by: sdhartney in MISSION HILLS, CA.Posted: June 11th, 2012 07:06PM
Type of Service: Rekey - Cylinder Removed & in HandNumber of Locks: 1
I'm so glad I came across this board, I'm now prepared to fight with my local locksmith :) rnrnI recently replaced 10 door locks and deadbolts in my new home, all keyed alike. The only one not re-keyed is the patio slider door and it's a simple five-pin Kwikset cylinder, and I don't have the current key for it. rnrnSo I've done some research, there ARE re-key kits available online but I only have the one cylinder to do now.. makes more sense to have the local locksmith take care of it for me.. so today I dropped off the cylinder and the key I need to fit it. rnrnAll he has to do is pick the lock, slide out the barrel and re-pin it to match the key I left... re-assemble the simple cylinder and it's done. I would expect to be ripped a new one to the tune of about $10 dollars.. lets see how that goes. He'll be calling me with a quote next day.
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Locked out of my apartment
Amount: $242.00
Posted by: E. Lam in Brooklyn, NY.Posted: May 31st, 2012 12:05PM
Type of Service: Break the deadbolt lockNumber of Locks: 1
Called the local locksmith which locate 3 blocks from where I lived with no one picked up at around 10pm. So called 1-800-Locksmith, they charge $29.00 just to dispatched a locksmith and refuse to give me any approximate quote or ballpark figure. Kept telling me the locksmith had to look at my lock to determine the price. Locksmith arrived about 30 mins as promised, take 5 seconds and said it is a high security lock, quote me $175 and what can I do as I have no tools with me and is 10pm. So he proceed drilling for 2 minutes of the bracket and turn to me and told me this seem to high high security lock and wants extra $50.00. I refuse and he continue his work and cursing for the next 30 mins and more. Finished the job and when making the payment, insist me to pay extra and kept saying other locksmith can't opened my door lock, as other does not have the tools that he have. That a bulshit. I know because I saw it. All you need is a power drill and drill head to break the cylinder
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