You’re locked out of your house or your car. Your keys are lost, or they’ve been left inside your home. You’re desperate and you need to get access to whatever it is that’s causing you a problem. So you search for a qualified Colchester Locksmith and pick the first one you find, book him or her, and wait. You’ll be fine. You’ll soon be able to drive home or get inside. Right?
Well, yes, if you’re lucky. But it’s not always going to work out like that.
Just picking the first name you come to without finding out whether they have any qualifications or experience is a gamble and one that can end up being incredibly expensive. Choosing the wrong Colchester locksmith can mean the difference between paying once and getting home in time for dinner, and paying over the odds and still not getting in where you need to be.
What can you do?
Because there are no governing bodies when it comes to being a locksmith, which means that anyone can take a look at some YouTube videos, buy a van and some tools, and set themselves up as a locksmith in Colchester without any formal training or any practice. Picking someone like this who is simply in it to ‘get rich quick’ (a fallacy that seems to persist. Yes, there are some locksmiths who make a ton of money every year, but they have to work extremely hard for that money, working long hours and sometimes travelling long distances) and has jumped in feet first could mean damage to your home or vehicle, expensive charges, and it could even mean having to call out another locksmith when the one you chose can’t do the job – and you’ll most likely have to pay them both.
The best advice we can give is to do as much research as you can. Don’t panic. We understand this is a tense time, but to make the process smoother, you really do need to check out your chosen locksmith’s website before committing. How many years have they been locksmithing? Who did they serve their apprenticeship under? Are they committed to ongoing training?