How long does it take a locksmith to make a spare key and what is the cost?
- My 2000 Explorer keys are missing!! The locksmith will come to my house. How much for him to break in my car and make a new set of keys?
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Answer by Junior Warlord
No more than 20 seconds and 5 bucks.
- I am having difficulty preventing people from entering my apartment. I have purchased pickproof locks, but they still get in. I can only conclude that a locksmith is involved and is cutting a key for my locks. Do they have to know the brand of lock in order to cut a key? I had a open house today, but was not invited, if you catch my drift.
Answer by Q-mama
Most apartment complexes have master keys for the maintenance staff so there might be an issue there. I also heard a story on the radio recently about “bump keys” and a rash of complex robberies. Here is a link to the story on NPR.
- I recently had to hire a locksmith to let me back inside my apt. The lock inside the doorknob had broken and we could no longer open the lock. We called a locksmith and tried to get a quote, but they would only say how much it was to come look (not to solve our problem). After coming out, he looked at the broken lock, drilled through it in two minutes, popped it off, and opened the door. For this he wanted $ 165, and then $ 55 additionally for just coming out. He arrived in an unmarked van, in street clothes, insisted on being paid in cash, and then when I could not pay him in cash, requested a check made out to his name (not a business). Then he left a receipt he handwrote, with no business name on the letterhead and no contact information. Did I just get ripped off?
I am not sure if he was independent or not. It appears he may be. I found him through a website that apparently acts as a front-end or listing service for small locksmith businesses. I wont mention it here.
Yes, it was after hours.
Yes, this is an area with a high cost of living (North VA).
Answer by rockin randy
I dont think you necessarily got ripped off. They definitely charge a lot around here (DC). Was he with a hardware company or just an independent locksmith? If he is independent or if it was after hours, it would be common for him to show up in his personal vehicle and want to be paid for in cash. The only thing that would have possibly raised an eyebrow with me would be the lack of letterhead, formal printed receipt and contact info. One tip to anyone who hires a locksmith to change a lock. If possible, its best to buy your own lock first and have him put it in. The lock will likely be much cheaper bought from a store and youll also have the added security of knowing that no one else had access to its keys but you. Hope that helps some. If youre really worried, check with the BBB or the like in your area.