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Locksmith Cost

  • Lowest cost Low: Copying a Key standard common keys Weiser, Schlage, Yale, Runs $2.50-$4.00+ average cost
  • Medium: Re-keying Locks Runs $8-$25 per Lock high cost
  • High: Installing Locks Run $30-$50 per Lock Typical locksmith costs:
    •The cost of having a locksmith make a “Service 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 of  $65.00* for coming to you.
  •  Service on evenings, weekends or holidays can go as high as  $65-$165, particularly in high-priced or remote areas mileage charges apply per km driven and depending how much time and work is involved. Some locksmiths include most standard lock-out services in their service call fee price; others charge a lower minimum but additional fees for specific services, such as drilling out the lock. Having the locksmith re-key or replace the locks adds to the total cost.

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. We heard a story of A locked-out homeowner[3] was quoted  $15 on the phone for coming to her home, but ended up with a total bill of  $315. In addition to the service charge of  $15, she was billed  $180 to break in (drilling the lock),  $35 to uninstall the old lock,  $75 for a new lock, and  $35 to install the new lock, less a  $25 discount both for paying cash No invoice and because the locksmith arrived later than promised 15 minutes he came after 2 hours.
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 Quebec laws are requiring all locksmiths companies to carry AGENCY license and AGENT license separately please check the locksmith id at The locksmith will ask to see your ID, in order to verify your identity and that you are the property owner.
•The Federal Trade Commission FTC in united states  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.