Locksmiths can perform a pretty wide range of services, so it can be pretty difficult to pin down a number for how much it will cost to call a locksmith on-site to complete your job. If you’ve locked yourself out of a standard lock, during a weekday, that will be a very different scenario to locking yourself out of a more complex locking system on a Sunday night.
Plus, not all locks are made equal, and even the most experienced locksmith may require a bit of time to unlock a very stubborn door. That’s not to mention, the completely different scenarios of replacing whole locks and keys. So let’s review some common scenarios and compare prices.
Locked Out of the House or Office?
Most people get locked out of their homes at some point in their lives, and it can be a huge headache when it happens. If you aren’t comfortable leaving a secret key under a pot, then you’ll have to call a locksmith for this situation.
If this occurs during a weekday, you can expect to pay around $125, depending on the nature of your locking mechanism. If it’s a night or a weekend, you can expect to pay upwards of $220, perhaps beyond $300 in some cases.
These costs include a call-out fee, which is usually in the region of $80 to $150, and then the additional labour and materials costs can push the price further upward. But it will very much depend on what is required on the spot and on the day.
Locked out of the Car?
Cars are often more complex to open. Being greater targets for break-ins and theft, cars are designed to prevent would-be thieves from gaining access. So if you’ve locked your keys in, your car sadly won’t make any concessions for you or the locksmith. It may take time, and it’s always helpful to have an experienced locksmith for this situation, as cars vary greatly in their strengths and weaknesses.
If you’ve locked your key in the car, this is usually just a matter of opening a door and retrieving them, so it may be $120 during a weekday and if it is centrally located. However, if you have lost your keys and require new keys to be tooled, you can expect to pay for the cost of time, material and tools.
However, depending on the complexity of the key, this may be no more than $20 for the keys, but it may be upwards of $200 for digital keys. If you are unsure, feel free to ask your locksmith for guidance.
New locks and keys?
If you are embarking on replacing your home or business locks, the costs will greatly depend on the new selection of hardware and the complexity of installation. South Perth Locksmiths recommends that, in these instances, you request quotes from your locksmith to confirm what you will be getting for your money.
We are always happy to provide quotes to prospective clients because we know we provide stellar services at competitive prices. Give us a call today to discuss your lock, key and security needs!