How much should I expect to pay for a locksmith?

Locked out and need assistance? Learn how much locating a locksmith will cost you.
It is not uncommon for anyone at some point in time to get locked out of a home or car, requiring the services of a locksmith. Often, people call locksmith technicians to have specific locks replaced on their doors or just to re-key a lock so that someone who has a copy of the older key cannot gain access to a property.

The cost of using a locksmith varies depending on where you live, the time of day, and the type of lock that needs attention. When you call for estimates, try to give as many details as possible about what you need done-for example, the brand of lock, if it's a metal or wood door, or the make, model, and year of the vehicle.

Typical Costs for Locksmiths

  • Low-End Estimate: $35

  • High-End Estimate: $250

    Locksmiths typically charge an upfront mobile fee before they even assess the type of lock that needs to be opened.

    Service on weekends, nights, holidays, and in remote areas usually increase the mobile fee that locksmiths charge.

    Some locksmiths will offer a slight discount if you choose to pay in cash.

Additional Costs for Locksmiths

  • Copying Keys

    Low-End Estimate: $2

    High-End Estimate: $175

    Car keys with electronic chips are significantly higher in cost to copy.
  • Re-keying Home Door Locks

    Low-End Estimate: $45

    High-End Estimate: $125
  • Installing New Home Door Locks

    Low-End Estimate: $60

    High-End Estimate: $130

    Some locksmiths will charge additional labor costs for simply drilling in the new lock and uninstalling the old lock.
  • Re-keying Auto Door Locks

    Low-End Estimate: $25

    High-End Estimate: $130

    Lock services on foreign automobiles will cost more money.

What to Expect from Locksmiths

  • Many locksmith companies will quote you the mobile fee service charge over the phone-the basic cost for the locksmith to arrive at your location.

  • Keep in mind that locksmiths cannot give you an exact final price over the phone for most lockout or lock repair jobs, since there are many variables that can impact what you will be expected to pay. However, you can do your part by providing as much detail as possible to the locksmith about the type of lock that needs to be addressed. Ask the locksmith company if they have a warranty for their work.

  • Once the locksmith company arrives at your location, they will most likely be able to give you a set price for the work before they start working.

  • Locksmith companies often will ask for your identification when they arrive to assure you're the rightful owner to the property. Be sure to ask for a business card and identification from the locksmith company as well.

  • If you plan on getting reimbursed for car ignition-related services through your insurance company, be sure to get a detailed receipt/invoice from the locksmith company after the job is completed.

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