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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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Left key in ignition
Amount: $140.00
Posted by: Tymad in Philadelphia, PA.Posted: July 27th, 2017 02:07AM
Type of Service: LocksmithNumber of Locks: 1
Rip off!!!!! Only paid because battery would've died and I couldn't prol lock opened
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Keys locked in Truck. I called 911
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: BHall in Warner Robins, GA.Posted: February 6th, 2017 07:02PM
Type of Service: Sheriffs DepartmentNumber of Locks: 1
I locked my keys in my vehicle more than once. the last time was 1AM on a Friday night. I had heard that the local Sheriff's dept would open it for free. I called 911 and told the dispatcher it was not an emergency and I'd locked my keys inside my truck. 20 minutes later a Sheriff arrived and with the aid of a "slim jim" I was in my truck and on the road. No questions asked.
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conned our of more than $200
Amount: $270.00
Posted by: crying customer in Los angeles, CA.Posted: January 24th, 2017 04:01PM
Type of Service: House door lockNumber of Locks: 1
I just got conned out of $ 270 for a simple room door lock which took less than 5min to open. There was no machinery involved. The locksmith used a hand-held air-pump and the door poped open. The cost for this is $ 270.00 It was a Tuesday at 7pm. He requested cash for cheaper rate. I found him on Google search 866 number. Do not search for them on google. There are a lot of people who are there to rip off customers in trouble. I was in hurry and didn't know anybody. I google searched and they came up first. Their website listed $35 for a house lock. I had no idea I would be paying for over $ 200 for 5min job.
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vehicle lockout
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: cowboy1623 in melrose park, IL.Posted: January 16th, 2017 01:01PM
Type of Service: truck lockedNumber of Locks: 1
Called the locksmith service they said it would be 15 for coming to the home and charges for what tools needed. guy gets there in 10 minutes. I asked how much he says 250. I laughed in his face. I said to open a car door? I said why so much? He says cause its winter time lol. It was like 45 degrees out. I told him I had it done a couple years ago on a Sunday it only cost 60. He says it wasn't him let him call his boss and of course he said ok 60. thenhe wanted cash I said no credit card so I have documentation. Bottom line is don't trust these people they will rip you off!!!
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Wizard locksmiths
Amount: $227.00
Posted by: Sparkme16 in Bridgeport, CT.Posted: December 17th, 2016 12:12PM
Type of Service: Exterior house doorNumber of Locks: 1
Guy was quick to come out and do the repair but way too expensive. First price came in at $270 to remove lock which had jammed, replace with a $20 off the shelf door knob, change locking mechanism with old to keep Keyes uniform, and tweak door plate. Total call took 20 minutes. I told him his pricing was outrageous and he had to come back with a better rate. He reduced it down to $227 which included tax. He them had me tear up the check written to the company and rewrite it to him personally which is something I hate doing. If your charging me tax but clearly avoiding counting the income towards business, it's just bad business.
On a side note, he was more expensive them my electrician who ran a new outlet and moved my thermostat and was onsite for over 2 hours.
Definitely won't recommend this company to anyone.
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don't pay for a locksmith to your car
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Cindy C in Cleveland, OH.Posted: November 28th, 2016 04:11PM
Type of Service: open carNumber of Locks: 1
Someone told me a long time ago the following.
Take your VIN# to a car dealership same kind as yours and they make you a new key. At that time, 20 ys ago, cost was $2. Nowadays, you can take an Uber ride to the dealership. H***ofalot cheaper, if you don't have someone to bring u another key that you gave them to keep for you. Alternative: keep a spare, non-electronic key under your car. Tape it with postal tape or use strong magnetics. Never go thru that again.
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Great, quick service, ridiculous prices scams customers
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: SB in NYC in Flushing, NY.Posted: September 8th, 2016 06:09PM
Type of Service: unlock driver-side car doorNumber of Locks: 1
I locked my keys in my car (Doh!!) and after a quick search called the "Always Available 24 hour Service" locksmith very close to me at 4155 College Point Blvd, Flushing, Queens, NYC.
A woman said it would be $29 to come to my car, and a minimum $25 to unlock it. I got a call on my cell within 15 minutes and he pulled up 5 minutes later... young guy driving a beige Lexus sedan. He looked at my car and said no problem to open the door with a balloon inflater and long steel rod with a hook. Before he did anything I asked price. He said $220!! I said no way, I just don't have that and can only give you $80 cash. He started to leave then said he would "negotiate" with his boss. Made a call. Came back and said "OK, $80" and unlocked the door with the inflater and rod with hook in LESS THAN ONE MINUTE. While he quickly unlocked my car door and knew his trade, the charge quoted of $220 was crazy and I am sure others have likely paid it. Bottom line: do not accept the quoted fee, negotiate!!!
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Locksmith Costs
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Hobbiest in Baltimore, MD.Posted: August 17th, 2016 05:08AM
Type of Service: LockoutsNumber of Locks: 1
This is an interesting site. I am studying to be a Locksmith. I've googled the standard rates and most of the charges I see here seem to be in line with normal charging. The only thing that is unscrupulous is not giving an honest assessment of the cost on the phone before coming out.
I like the hobby of Locksmith'ing and have been practicing for years. When I decided this might be a nice retirement part-time job, my goal would be to avoid destructive entry. I currently have about $2000 tied up in equipment and I would only be able to provide full service for residential locks. When I pick a lock, I use 6 different techniques. Each of those require a more elaborate skill set. If I can get you in your house in 5 minutes, you should be happy. You are getting in due to my experience and countless hours practicing on many different locks (2-4 hours per day). After reading these complaints, I'm having 2nd thoughts and may just help friends and family.
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locksmith are to gready
Amount: $217.00
Posted by: luis medina in queens, NY.Posted: July 3rd, 2016 04:07PM
Type of Service: open car doorNumber of Locks:
I call a locksmith just to open my car door $85 and when he open my car door I gave him my credit car he did not charge 85 he tock $217 those people what they are doing is putting democracy in jeopardy stop stealing from honest people.
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locked bedroom door
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Heisenbritt in soddy daisy, TN.Posted: August 25th, 2015 10:08PM
Type of Service: needed to be unlockedNumber of Locks: 1
My bedroom door was locked and couldn't get in. After reading all of this i said screw a locksmith. So i just busted my door in. I saved a ton of money even though i damaged my wall. Fixing it will maybe cost $20 bucks at the most. So i saved who knows how much money.
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Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Stephen Green in San Francisco, CA.Posted: August 21st, 2015 11:08AM
Type of Service: LocksmithingNumber of Locks: N/a
There are so many horror stories here. I'm a locksmith in San Francisco I am a second generation locksmith. We have been in business here in San Francisco since 1961 we have a flat rate that we charge to come out and we do not charge extra to pick locks open. If we have to drill, it's only because we have been trying to pick the lock for at least 45 minutes to an hour drilling is being defeated and we don't like to be defeated we like to do our job. There are other locksmiths like myself in every city around the country the problem is when you are locked out and you are stressed and you need to get in and it's the middle of the night it's hard to shop around. However if you have a chance to when you need a locksmith you can find the ones that will not rip you off and maybe even make you think that it was helpful and you come away feeling okay.
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United Locksmith
Amount: $200.00
Posted by: Man in Distress in San Francisco, CA.Posted: July 28th, 2015 01:07AM
Type of Service: Lockout vehicleNumber of Locks: 1
I lock my keys in my truck and called these guys. They told me 19 bucks for calling and 35 for a lockout. The locksmith took almost 2 hours to get to me and complained that traffic was bad even though I'm next to a highway with at least 3-4 cars passing me every 10 seconds. He arrived and asked me "how'd u fuck this one up?" No professionalism at all. Took him 10 minutes to find what he needed and cussed the whole 10 minutes while looking for his equipment in his unmarked vehicle. Finally found it and unlocked my car in less then a minute. Then he told me it would be 200. I was shocked and a pissed off. It was my fault for not checking and doing my research. So I paid him. Not even a thanks from him. He packed his stuff and drove off. Don't make my mistake. Do your research for a LOCAL locksmith near you.
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mail box lost key
Amount: $145.00
Posted by: J Nevard in Pinellas Park Fl, FL.Posted: July 7th, 2015 07:07PM
Type of Service: re keyNumber of Locks: 1
I lost my mailbox key and tried to get the post office to assist. They did not cover for my area.
Condo association also stated it was up to me to get a locksmith. Called one and he told me $100.
Thought this was high. Online was quoted $15 service and $30 -$40 for lock and labor. Truth I was charged $179. and I reacted in shock. He lowered it to $145 Felt cornered and went with it. Get a firm quote. labor, install, drill out,key and tax don't be fooled!
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Locksmith bait and switch
Amount: $204.00
Posted by: Sandra Dee in Studio, CA.Posted: June 30th, 2015 06:06PM
Type of Service: Lock outNumber of Locks: 1
I was locked out, so my neighbor googled locksmiths in my area and came across a company called United Locksmiths that had a 24hour service and arrival time 15 min. It was advertised as a service call for $15 and a starting price of $35. I thought it would be about $50. I clarified that it would be $35 and he said yes. While he was trying to pick it, he said that he would have to use an air pump, which is like a blood pressure pump. It took all of 20min. When he was done, he wrote up the bill and said it would be $244. I was shocked, I argued with him that it was a bait and switch. That was not what was advertised. He said there were all these fees. None of that is mentioned on site or in any conversation. I told him it was a scam and I wasn't happy. He told me he would lock the door again and I could call someone else. He then showed me receipts of the day from other customers(he had ripped off).
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Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Arquettes lock and key in Macon, GA.Posted: June 30th, 2015 06:06AM
Type of Service: lockoutsNumber of Locks:
I used to work for one of these scamsmiths.I quit and opened my own shop.Not always can we give a price over the phone because we dont know what were up against.Its hard to make a key for a car with a screwdriver broken off in the switch.A real locksmith will ask a few questions about most jobs before we even take a job.most jobs should be the price quoted never more but sometimes people dont give all the true details.Be ware of service call+ labor thats where they get you.
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24 hr Rescue Lock & key
Amount: $95.00
Posted by: G. Faulkner in Bartlett, TN.Posted: June 1st, 2015 08:06PM
Type of Service: garage entry doorNumber of Locks: 1
Add for service says there in 20 minutes. Took 45 minutes!! Add said $15 service fee + labor. In addition to thedr amounts;I was charged $10 to use my credit card. Grand total $95!! Had to call him back out because he damaged the door to the point I couldn't close the door and set my home alarm. Door damage repair took 1.5 hrs. I refused to pay anything for the repairs!!!
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Liar! Cheater!
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: a user in burlingame, CA.Posted: May 10th, 2015 04:05PM
Type of Service: honda car lockNumber of Locks: 1
2015, May
Worst, dishonest, crafty person I ever met!
As everyone said, they quoted me $50 minimum for service fee, well we know it would be higher than that. And that jerk finally charged me $250 for it. Well, he probably thought I was a teenager, so he tried to get more from me. So i suggest you DO NOT ask help from this DECEIVING organization! Worst service ever!
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Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Rants in Perth, WA.Posted: April 11th, 2015 06:04AM
Type of Service: Automotive/domesticNumber of Locks: Thousands
Aus locksmith lock out house or car $130 during hours deadlocking vehicles such as vw bmw ect (the ones you need to turn the key you can't just pull the handles) $330 during hours. A/H $165-$250 and $440
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Australia locksmith
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Rants in Perth, WA.Posted: April 11th, 2015 06:04AM
Type of Service: Automotive/domesticNumber of Locks: Thousands
job is as quoted that's simple, if it takes longer to write the invoice think how did I get MYSELF into this situation? Maybe this bloke did his apprenticeship and now has a trade. You don't pay me as quoted its 2 letters then small clams court. If you call at night time expect to get slogged for price, but if a bloke comes round and at a glance says lets drill this and I want more money you have a choice to accept or reject the new quote. Some HOUSE locks only do need to be drilled due to H top pins or restrict keying with shitty profiles or just a horrible bitting. I have not nor do I know anyone anywhere who has drilled a car lock. Don't be fooled by thinking a clown with a drill is a locksmith
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Locked out of apt.
Amount: $280.00
Posted by: Cherie in Middle Island, NY.Posted: February 13th, 2015 01:02PM
Type of Service: Drill and replaceNumber of Locks: One
The locksmith tried to use a piece of plastic and sprayed oil to open. That didn't work so he had to drill and destroy lock. So now a replacement lock in door handle.
If I used a credit card there was a $55 surcharge so luckily my neighbor had cash. He supposedly was not charging for the lock which would have been $125 for the lock so if I gave him $30 cash he'd replace the lock with two keys.
On top of that the company I called was Allstate Locksmith but on the invoice (that I had to ask for) the name is New York Locksmith Networks Inc.
I felt I was ripped off but I had my mother (82 years old) that had a doctors appt and then physical therapy,) in a neighbors car so he knew I was ripe for the picking.
After coming home and retreading the invoice and then these comments, I am now sure I was ripped off!
This happened today February 13, 2015 but below doesn't give 2015 as a choice.
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key made
Amount: $30.00
Posted by: Ann Morris in Orange Park, FL.Posted: February 8th, 2015 10:02AM
Type of Service: HOUSE CALLNumber of Locks: 1
I wanted A key made for my garage door because I did not have one. A TECH CAME TO THE HOUSE TO TELL ME THE LOCK WAS TOO OLD. HE WOULD HAVE TO TAKE IT TO THE SHOP AND IT COULD COST BETWEEN $100-$200 TO MAKE A KEY.I told him to forget it. But on the phone I was told it could be done on site for about $45.00. What a rip off so I paid $30.00 for nothing. You can make a lot of easy money that way show up and can't do the work and collect $30.00. Florida is the worst state to get people to do work. I have had a lot of bad experiences with workers trying to rip me off. A plumber wanted to replace my toilet at a cost of $300.00 because he didn't know what was wrong. I told him to forget and fixed it myself for $15.00. I replaced a gasket.
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Cost of Locksmith Service
Amount: $95.00
Posted by: Fuller Locksmith in Orleans, MA.Posted: February 3rd, 2015 10:02AM
Type of Service: LockoutNumber of Locks: 1
We are a family locksmith service in business since 1978. We have flat rates. A lockout in our town is a $70 service call and then $25 for the lockout. If it only takes a short time, it's because it took my husband 30 years to learn his trade and he's good at it. Please look at the Association Locksmiths of America and your state association to find reputable locksmiths. We are also hurt by the fly-by-night guys.
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24hour locksmith
Amount: $115.00
Posted by: stuart in omaha, NE.Posted: February 2nd, 2015 10:02PM
Type of Service: car lockNumber of Locks: 1
This is a crooked company.24 hour locksmith in Omaha ne.
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24/7 LOCKSMITH SERVICE/EXPRESS LOCKSMITH / 24/7 MR> LOCKSMITH / NON STOP LOCKSMITH? not sure who was in my home 702-577-3422 - 702 508-9091 - 702 505-9151
Amount: $165.00
Posted by: F U scum in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: January 4th, 2015 04:01PM
Type of Service: pick lockNumber of Locks: 1
Quoted 15 for visit, 29.99 for labor and he got here quick enough. Fiddled with door for 10 seconds then said I will have to do it this way. so he slide in screw driver no pick or drill and said 165.00? I just about hit the roof but I paid! I then called back to ask for license and bonding information as the website said licensed and bonded. I was told I have to call back tomorrow. Tried to call back to get address and the message said that "this number can not be reached from your area"? So I called the 888 number got "mail box is full". I tried to contact using links on the websites but they were blank emails no address. Upon calling Mr. 24/7 FL, I was told I would have to call back the first number from a different phone. I emailed BBB and called my bank ASAP. I just paid you and you block me? numbers don't work? Stopped payment and filled complaint all within a an hour. They got 20 cash and 64 on a check. but not the 80 credit card and my bank is aware of these companies.12/15
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Those who are upset that it took just a few minutes and were charged...
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Tank in Nashville, TN.Posted: December 15th, 2014 04:12PM
Type of Service: locksmithingNumber of Locks:
Those who are upset that it took just a few minutes and were charged X amount of dollars, might stop to think what it took to get to the point that a locksmith can do it that quick. There is a huge amount of professional training and tool cost, not to mention vehicle cost. I hate scammers like you all do, but please.....We have to make a living and if we all charges $20 fpr any job, then there would be no locksmiths.
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Locked out of office room
Amount: $125.00
Posted by: SC in San Francisco, CA.Posted: December 10th, 2014 10:12AM
Type of Service: PicklockNumber of Locks: 1
$35 to come out. $90 to pick the lock.
All things considered, this seems like a ridiculous amount of monies, but I was strapped on time and needed to get an animal that was locked in that room, out. Unfortunately we didn't have a key...we need to invest in new doorknobs with keys to the lock... :P
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Lost Keys
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: Tanisha Smith in Brooklyn, NY.Posted: November 19th, 2014 06:11PM
Type of Service: Drill lock and put new onesNumber of Locks: 2
These 24 hour lock smith's are a real rip off. In situations like these you are frantic and they really take advantage of you. I feel like I wasted my money and they obviously overcharged me. How can they do this to people???????
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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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broken key in door lock
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: joanjoan in Kennedale, TX.Posted: July 8th, 2014 09:07AM
Type of Service: change deadboltNumber of Locks: 1
Called 24/7 Arlington, Tx to get a broken key out of deadbolt. Tech didn't even try to get the key out, insisted I needed a new deadbolt. Wanted$50 for that but $129 for labor. I said no, thats too much. He argued with me. I paid $29.99 service call fee and sent him on his way. Had another co. Remove the key. Total cost w/labor $77. Still alot but at least I have my original lock still.
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Flood Insurance Cost
Ear Wax Removal
Paid: 1100.00
Yes, just got the bill! I paid my copay at my visit... [more]
-Michelle S.
Ear Wax Removal Cost
Scamming in Detroit
Paid: 410.00
My husband and I went to a sporting event on the Wayne State Campus. We parked in what was apparently a non-campus location. There were no signs stating that we couldn't park there, so we took advantage of the spot. Bad on us... [more]
-Kris Starosta
Recovering a Towed Vehicle Cost