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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 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.

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.

Reviews for San Francisco locksmiths
Matt M.
Great work, great locksmith, but just a bit expensive.
DS Locksmith SFDS Locksmith SF
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
John S.
Great locksmith...got 4 different locks converted onto a new master without an issue.
ak locksmith
Jane W.
Great job! Fast, punctual and left the job site clean. Daniel is now my “go to” locksmith!
DS Locksmith SFDS Locksmith SF
Melissa C.
He was friendly and responsive. Got the job done efficiently! Will call them again if I need a locksmith.
United locksmithUnited locksmith
John B.
Oshri put in new deadbolts and doorknob. Quality material and labor. Friendly guy too! My go-to locksmith.
Promaster LocksmithPromaster Locksmith
Robin A.
What an excellent experience with this company. Very punctual, extremely professional, accommodating, and highly personable, as well. I highly recommend United Locksmith!
United locksmithUnited locksmith
Thumbtack Customer
Great service would totally recommend DS Locksmith, managed to get though rekeying 4 locks and replacing 3 for me in about 1h.
DS Locksmith SFDS Locksmith SF
Jenny B.
Totally flexible with appointments and very reasonable. We will use him every time we need a locksmith and totally recommend him. Extremely responsive.
United locksmithUnited locksmith
Karen Y.
After I locked myself out of my apartment, I reached out to Ygal, and he was able to come within the hour. He opened the locks to both the gate and my apartment door within a matter of minutes, and without damaging the locks. Ygal was easy to communicate with and very responsive. I would definitely hire United locksmith again next time I need a locksmith!
United locksmithUnited locksmith
Robert A.
Daniel at DS Locksmith is great! Punctual, honest, and gave me the information I needed to fix my antique front door lock. Highly recommend!
DS Locksmith SFDS Locksmith SF
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
Joe S.
United Locksmith responded quickly and changed locks without any issues. Also made us a couple copies of the keys for us. Would definitely hire again.
United locksmithUnited locksmith
Maurice E.
Ygal of United Locksmith was on-time, professional and efficient. He updated and rekeyed 6 locks quickly and without issue. Great work. I would definitely hire again.
United locksmithUnited locksmith
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
Thumbtack Customer
There aren't enough great things I can say about Daniel! DS Locksmith responded to my request within 24 hours and they were able to work around my busy schedule. Once at my home Daniel helped us decide the most economical direction with the handful of locks we need re-keyed. He was able to do everything onsite and was finished in under an hour. I would recommend DS Locksmith to anyone looking to have any type of lock work done in the city.
DS Locksmith SFDS Locksmith SF
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
Rohit R.
Daniel was responsive and professional. He came within the time window promised and fixed the broken door knob. He even advised us on diy tips Incase the problem happened again. Would highly recommend him as a locksmith.
DS Locksmith SFDS Locksmith SF
Thumbtack Customer
I'd scheduled a time for a locksmith to come to my apartment to help us with our broken-key-in-lock situation. On the day of the appointment, I called for an updated arrival time after no one had arrived within 30 minutes of the appointment time and learned that I hadn't been put on the calendar. While quite frustrated, I made an appointment with the gentleman who answered the phone to come the following morning. The locksmith arrived promptly for the second appointment. However, it was clear that he had no knowledge of my original request through Thumbtack, where I had stated that the lock was from the 1930s; the locksmith did not have the necessary tools for non-modern locks and grumbled and griped about how he wouldn't have done the job of he'd known it was an old lock. While he did the best he could with the situation and tools on hand, it was an incomplete job -- and one that perhaps this shop should not have bid on.
DS Locksmith SFDS Locksmith SF
Ryan D.
I was very pleased with the hard work our locksmith put in to get the job done at our property. I had some additional installs to do and he was very flexible about taking care of these extra needs on the same day. Thank you very much.
United locksmithUnited 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
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