A: It really depends on what company you have called.
Call centres' or national locksmith franchises' often appear to be a local business. They would normally use redirect local landlines to their call center and also display non existent locations in their adverts. If you don't believe your talking to the actual locksmith then you're probably speaking to a national company. My best advice would be to call 2 or 3 companies before going ahead with one to sieve out what locksmiths are expensive. These companies have extremely large advertising costs due to the nature of their advertising campaigns. They take up the majority of space in paper phone directories and the expensive top listing positions in Google. This cost of this has to be got back from somewhere and unfortunately it's always the end user, you the customer. These companies sub contract their work to their nearest locksmith on their books which could be anywhere up to 50 miles away. Excess traveling costs also bump up your bill enormously not to mention keeping you waiting a lot longer for them to arrive.
Whats The Solution?
A: Always use local tradesmen.
As a result of the national companies invading the country locksmiths are known as an expensive emergency service. How wrong this is when in fact the majority of local locksmiths are reasonably priced and offer a better service. Using a local locksmith ensures you are getting a quick response and a reliable, trustworthy tradesman who has a good reputation. National locksmith chains are less likely to honor part guarantees and fix future problems since it is often difficult to send the same engineer out again. Spotting a genuine local business can be difficult with the misleading adverts put out by national locksmith companies. If you go straight through to a receptionist wanting to know all your details before issuing a quotation you're more than likely speaking to a call center. A real local locksmith will be more than familiar with the area you tell them. Always shop around, get a few quotations! The real local ones will be far cheaper than the nationals so never go for the first quote. Please feel free to let me know which locksmiths are expensive.