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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Can I trust a locksmith?

You can find a trustworthy locksmith with some research. The best way to start is with an online search of top-rated locksmiths near you and read the customer reviews thoroughly. Positive reviews (and ratings) can indicate trustworthiness, but you should also look up the locksmith’s credentials. Many states require locksmiths to be licensed, so look up the rules in your state before you hire anyone.

How does a locksmith open a locked door?

Locksmiths use specialized tools and techniques to open your door in the case of lockouts or lost keys. Trained locksmiths can pick your door lock with lock-picking tools such as a rake, a tension wrench, a half diamond or a hook. They may use a technique called bumping, which will work on pin tumbler locks, or as a last resort they may use a drill to remove your existing lock. The national average locksmith price ranges between $70 and $100. A locksmith can also replace your current lock system, re-key your locks if you have lost your keys, repair a broken lock, install a deadlock and more. Locksmiths not only help with front doors, they can help if you are locked out of your car, locked out of your mailbox, locked out of your shed … you name it. There may be an additional charge for emergency after-hours locksmith services. Check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost for a car locksmith?

There are several reasons you may need a car locksmith. You may be locked out of your car (either with the keys inside or with no keys at all), you may have lost your car keys and need a new key, or you may want to make a duplicate car key. The national average locksmith price ranges from $70 to $100. Getting locked out of your car can be scary and overwhelming — especially if it’s cold and dark out. Fortunately, professional locksmiths provide round-the-clock assistance to help people in these circumstances.

Car lockouts are one of the main reasons people need a locksmith. Your locksmith’s price can depend on the type of car you have, the time of day (or night) it is, and where you are located. Locksmith pricing may be based on a flat rate, or pricing may be quoted to you after the locksmith determines the circumstances. For example, a flat rate for a car lockout could be $65 for standard vehicles. That price could be higher for after-hours or long-distance service, or service during extreme weather. If you have entirely lost your car keys, a locksmith can make you a new car key, but first they must verify that you are the owner of the car. Locksmiths can even program new car key fobs for you — often at a lower price than a dealership.

How much does it cost to make a new key for a car?

Locksmiths’ prices for making new car keys can vary depending on the make of your car as well as the time of day and location. The national average locksmith price ranges from $70 to $100, but duplicating a key may cost as little as $30, while extraction a key stuck in the ignition, cutting a new key and programming the fob can cost much more.

You might need a new car key if you have lost your key, the key broke in the ignition, the key is bent or damaged, or you just want a duplicate in case of emergency. You can request a duplicate of a key you have on hand, or you can have a new key made or cut if you have lost your original car keys. If you need to replace lost keys, you’ll need to first provide proof that you are the owner of the car along with the vehicle identification number (VIN). If you’re just locked out of your car but don’t need a key made, a locksmith may charge $65 to get you back in. Locksmith car key services are often far more affordable than dealership prices for new keys.

How much does it cost to have a deadbolt lock installed?

Installing a new deadbolt lock can improve your home security, especially if you think your current lock system has been compromised or there are unaccounted-for copies of your house keys in circulation. A professional locksmith can install a new deadbolt for you in a matter of hours. The national average locksmith price ranges from $70 to $100. Locksmith prices for installing deadbolts may be higher based on whether the professional provides the lock or you have it on hand, how many components the locking system includes, and how long the installation takes. The cost to purchase a lock yourself from a big-box store can range from approximately $70 to $225 or more, depending on quality and materials. Higher-security locks often take longer and therefore cost more to install.

Reviews for Bay Area locksmiths
Avesta S.
Great, fast, locksmith!
Nova LocksmithNova Locksmith
Robert F.
The locksmith was knowledgeable and skilled, but customer service could have been better.
Bay Area LocksmithBay Area Locksmith
Leonard S.
Alex from Nova Locksmith was professional, efficient, punctual, and helped explain my options in detail. He was easy to talk to, and provided me with professional advice regarding my project. I'm happy that I chose Nova Locksmith to help me with my lock needs. If I ever have an issue in the future regarding my locks, I'll give him a call. I highly recommend Alex and Nova locksmith!
Nova LocksmithNova Locksmith
Thumbtack Customer
Promaster Locksmith came in only 15 mins. He was very professional and cost effective.
Promaster LocksmithPromaster Locksmith
Jenny L.
Our first time hiring a locksmith and he did a fantastic job! Super happy with the outcome!
Promaster LocksmithPromaster Locksmith
Richard C.
Nothing but positive about my experience with Nova Locksmith. Fast response and highly trained and professional service.
Nova LocksmithNova Locksmith
John B.
Oshri put in new deadbolts and doorknob. Quality material and labor. Friendly guy too! My go-to locksmith.
Promaster LocksmithPromaster Locksmith
Annabella W.
Alex was awesome. He's definitely a Pro & knows his craft well. He's definitely my go to locksmith now!
Nova LocksmithNova Locksmith
Ivan R.
Quality professionals who own and operate the business. These guys will be my go-to locksmiths for any business or personal use. They've replaced 3 commercial locks under 6 hours with the best functionality they've had in 20 years. You will get what you pay for when it comes to locksmiths and these guys provide a great solution at San Francisco pricing. Thank you again for great work!
Locksmith TechLocksmith Tech
Thumbtack Customer
Oshri did a great job, very efficiently, and at a fair price. Plus, he's a really nice guy who's interesting and fun to talk to. I've definitely found my go-to locksmith!
Promaster LocksmithPromaster Locksmith
Cam B.
Came right on time, was able to work around an issue with our lock, and was fairly priced. If I ever have another lock issue I would use Locksmith Tech again.
Locksmith TechLocksmith Tech
Rani G.
Jack from 24/7 locksmith did an amazing job on our complicated lock replacement job. He was very responsive, showed up right on time and came prepared. In an hour and a half he completely replaced both of our front door locks, cleaned up and even adjusted our door which was slightly off the hinge. It now closes smooth as butter and is more secure! Will definitely hire Jack again if we have any other locksmith needs.
24/7 Locksmith Solutions24/7 Locksmith Solutions
Jon G.
Replied very quickly and scheduled the job right away. Helped me select the right electronic lock. It was done quickly, with value, and worked out perfectly. I highly recommend 24/7 Locksmiths.
24/7 Locksmith Solutions24/7 Locksmith Solutions
Ozzy T.
I got myself locked out and Alex from Nova Locksmith arrived within half an hour to get me unlocked. Great service and value, and would use their services again if ever needed. Highly recommend.
Nova LocksmithNova Locksmith
Roberto M.
Osh and Ali were great!!! The job was done quick and flawless. These two gentlemen are knowledgeable, polite, professional and really easy going. For all security issues aside from locks and keys, I highly recommend Promaster Locksmith.
Promaster LocksmithPromaster Locksmith
Arun J.
KD Locksmith helped change an old lock that was rusty and failing. Arrived promptly as promised and quickly installed the new lock, plate and also installed a smart lock. An additional extra part was needed and they came back the next day to do that as well. Overall, great work and would highly recommend.
KD LocksmithKD Locksmith
Brian R.
Prompt, efficient, cost-effective, quality work - rekeyed 6 locks and fixed a poorly installed lock on my 1916-built SF home, all in about 2 hours, for less than the other quotes I received. Recommended and will be my first call if I ever need a locksmith in the future.
KD LocksmithKD Locksmith
Edward L.
Oshri was great! He was flexible with my availability, friendly and extremely knowledgable. Thought I needed my locks changed, but he actually helped me save some money just by reconfiguring the existing locks for new keys. Will definitely call Oshri next time I need locksmith work done.
Promaster LocksmithPromaster Locksmith
Thumbtack Customer
Oshri is the man. He went above and beyond and he was super fast. He does quality work and does not nickel and dime you. He came back over to our house the next day to add some finishing touches on installing new doorknobs/locks - free of charge. I'll call him again for any locksmith needs and recommend him to anyone.
Promaster LocksmithPromaster Locksmith
Leslie G.
Alex really helped me out when I lost my only mail box key. He offered to come out same day. When he arrived, he was extremely professional, punctual and efficient. I think it took only about 10 minutes to replace the lock and hand me two new keys. Highly recommend Alex for your locksmith needs!
Nova LocksmithNova Locksmith
Ben N.
Osh was great to work with; a professional at what he does and very realistic on the scope of the work that needs to be done. We needed a second door buzzer installed in our office and Osh quoted a reasonable price for his labor and was on time the following morning to get started. We'll be using him for future needs if they ever come up, and would highly recommend him for commercial locksmith services.
Promaster LocksmithPromaster Locksmith
Jess J.
Alex literally called me minutes after my Thumbtack submission with additional information on the job I was requesting. He is very knowledgeable in his field and went above and beyond to request a quote from another vendor since he couldn't provide the replacement keys I needed. He was on time and very patient with me as I this was my first experience with Nova and Thumbtack. I would definitely use Nova locksmith again.
Nova LocksmithNova Locksmith
Grace Z.
Moshe was super responsive. I was locked out of my apartment and needed someone to help me back in, and Moshe contacted me and started driving to me literally within 5-10 minutes of me messaging him. A true emergency locksmith. I ended up finding my spare key soon after talking to him, so I didn’t actually end up working with him, but I really appreciate how fast and responsive he was.
Bay Area LocksmithBay Area Locksmith
Jonathan P.
Jack has my highest recommendation for any locksmith needs. He installed new deadbolt locks on doors that have access to our garage, and he made many important recommendations such as having one key for all locks and doors. Even when he had chances to upsell me on our front door lock, he convinced me that the set-up we have now is just fine. Jack is friendly, courteous, professional, and does jobs for very fair prices! FIVE STARS!
24/7 Locksmith Solutions24/7 Locksmith Solutions
Elle M.
Best experience with a locksmith EVER! No joke. Kind, responsive, punctual, and efficient! Less expensive than I thought as well! Our lock to a storage area was 40 years old and had the key broken inside the cylinder. Daniel took less time replacing the cylinder and cutting us new keys then it takes to drive to Lowe’s. We even got to keep the original lock! I will have Daniel back soon to help us with a vintage floor safe we have procrastinated on fixing for 10 years!
Locksmith TechLocksmith Tech
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