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Offline econrad

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Locksmith Scams
« on: October 10, 2017, 01:18:23 PM »
I have been screwed over so many times by Locksmiths. How do you guys avoid getting scammed when you've locked your keys in the car?

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Re: Locksmith Scams
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2017, 01:33:19 PM »
Have a hideout key. And two keys with trusted family/ friends.

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Re: Locksmith Scams
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2017, 02:19:39 PM »
I have been screwed over so many times by Locksmiths. How do you guys avoid getting scammed when you've locked your keys in the car?

I always carry a house and a car key,duct taped flat in my wallet and a spare taped in my shoe's tongue and one on a paracord on my neck.
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Re: Locksmith Scams
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2017, 02:43:03 PM »
I have been screwed over so many times by Locksmiths. How do you guys avoid getting scammed when you've locked your keys in the car?

What is that they do to "scam" or "screw" you?  It's not that I doubt you, I just haven't heard of anyone having problems with them before.
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Re: Locksmith Scams
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2017, 05:30:03 AM »
What is that they do to "scam" or "screw" you?  It's not that I doubt you, I just haven't heard of anyone having problems with them before.

One person's 'screwed' is another persons making a living.
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Re: Locksmith Scams
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2017, 09:37:39 AM »
We are AAA members and feel they help a great deal when working with locksmiths, tow trucks, etc. They have much greater negotiating power to ensure rates are reasonable.  The savings I receive at hotels and other places make it essentially free each year.  So it actually has a positive payback for us.

Some locksmiths have posted rate cards on their websites.  So you can assure alignment with that.  For example my neighbor who is a locksmith charges a flat rate of $35 for entry into a car.

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Re: Locksmith Scams
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2018, 05:20:26 PM »
We used to be members of AAA and they opened a car care center down the street from us. We got our van inspected there and they screwed us over big time saying the ty rods were bad. Better yet when we got it inspected the second year we were told the same thing so we told them to put a rejection sticker on it. We had the van reinspected and the ty rods were fine and the one from the year before was never changed. It was the original ty rod. They not only lied to us but they charged us for replacing a ty rod they never replaced. needless to say it got reported and we dropped AAA after that. Not worth the money for the small amount of discounts you get. If I need a toe my insurance covers it anyway. So why pay twice.
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Re: Locksmith Scams
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2018, 06:44:45 PM »
I don't like AAA for any auto repair, as one of their "recommended" shops once told me I needed a new $1800 computer board in my car. Since my car is barely worth that much, I took it elsewhere for a second opinion and it turned out to be a spark plug  :facepalm:

However, they're great for towing (had to use them a couple times). Haven't needed a locksmith yet, but I just like to have it for peace of mind I suppose. Those are the kind of things I don't want to have to decide when I'm in a stressful situation like my car breaking down.

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Re: Locksmith Scams
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2018, 08:07:21 AM »
I keep aaa for towing/road help for all of my cars. but using one of their shops? haha nah. not going to happen.


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