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Thursday, October 3, 2013
Don't USe Crooked Scammer Locksmith Companies in Hawaii
CONSUMER AWARENESS TIPS ON HIRING A CERTIFIED LOCKSMITH IN HAWAII.....Affordable Locksmith & Son LLC... We offer these tips: Unlike other states, Hawaii doesn't regulate locksmiths. Finding a Locksmith: * USE YELP- Angies List or ALOA Find a Locksmith site. www.transponderkeyshawaii.com *Find a company before you need it. Get recommendations from friends and family and then save the number in your phone in case of emergency. *Skip Google and instead choose an accredited locksmith in good standing with the BBB. A list can be found on its website (www.bbb.org ) or iPhone App. *You can also check with the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA), an organization that abides by a code of ethics and insists on certain training standards requirements (www.mnaloa.org ). * Ask if you are speaking directly with a Locksmith or technician in Hawaii. Not a call center in Florida or New Jersey. *Avoid locksmiths with 800 numbers. Chances are good the company is based in another state. *Call and compare several different locksmiths before deciding whose service you will use. *Ask the person answering the phone for the actual address of the locksmith to ensure reliability. Be wary if they simply answer "locksmith" and refuse to give a full name of the company. Estimates: *Have an estimate emailed to you before any work begins. Be wary of any locksmith who says it cannot provide an estimate until after the vehicle is inspected. *In the estimate, the locksmith should be able to give an exact quote based on the year, make, and model of your vehicle. *The estimate should include a total cost for all work, additional fees, and replacement parts. *Always ask the locksmiths for a worst case scenario, meaning before you ask them to come out, ask them what their highest possible price might be, given your situation. *Read the fine print. Be sure to read any contract thoroughly before signing. Check for additional fees that weren't discussed and understand the terms of any guarantees. Ask what the company will do should the locksmith damage your property and make sure that is in writing as well. *Confirm that the locksmith is insured to cover damage that may result from the repair. *Never just sign a blank work authorization form. On the Scene: *Ask for an ID, a business card, and a license when the locksmith arrives. Locksmiths are required to carry a copy of their licenses. *Be wary if you're told the lock has to be drilled and replaced. A skilled and reputable locksmith should have the training necessary to unlock any door. Although in some instances the locksmith is unable to pick the lock- The technician should give you the option of calling another locksmith out without charging you anything! *After the service is finished, be sure to get an itemized receipt that includes the price of the service call, labor, and mileage. *Don't pay cash. Even mobile locksmiths should be able to accept credit cards or checks. Scammers will often insist that the machine is broken or give another excuse for needing cash. Don't fall for it. Don't be their next VICTIM! Call 808-943-1425 Affordable Locksmith & Sons www.transponderkeyshawaii.com