|Posted on January 14, 2016 at 10:55 AM|
I received a call from a business on South Rutherford Boulevard who wanted me to change his locks. When I arrived, he told me he just paid a locksmith $375 to change two locks. He also told me he found the locksmith in a paid ad on a search engine. When the business owner called the number in the ad, the person on the phone would not give him a firm price for the service he needed. When he got the bill from the locksmith, and said he thought it was too high, the locksmith threatnened him with a lawsuit.
If you call a locksmith and he refuses to give you a firm, upfront price for his services, do not request his services. Why? Because there is a chance you will be taken to the cleaners.
Why would a locksmith overcharge a customer? Besides being greedy, a pay-per-click locksmith is someone who has been hired by a person who owns the pay-per-click ad. He splits the cost of the lock job with the person, whoever he is, who owns the ad. Many times, the pay-per-click ads have poorly-educated people working for them and, sometimes, they have to drive vast distances. This isn't always true, however.
Be careful. Never sign an invoice before a job is done, and demand an upfront quote before any work is begun. You'll be glad you did!