How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was originally in construction during the housing market boom. When it fell under i was let go along with most of my colleagues. My wife's uncle who had a locksmith business trained me and gave me the opportunity to work for him. I never realized how much i loved the job. I later moved out of State to Colorado to start All American Lock and Key.
What types of customers have you worked with?
My most common types of jobs are making replacement car keys. On occasion i do rekeys and lockouts but my favorite job is making a car key, maybe because i never know what im going to come across and that keeps things interesting.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
one of my most recent jobs that i am proud of was a customers VW Jetta he called about and wanted a lock installed on. This door lock is very easy to install but when i got there he handed me an ignition cylinder which i have never done before and could not find even a lick of info about on the internet. Well about two hours later and a lot of thinking i had the ignition replaced and the customer was happy.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Get a detailed quote up front. Their are many locksmiths out there who goal is to scam you through various tactics. One tactic is to tell you a cheap price and then raise it exponentially once they get to you. Another tactic is to tell you they can't do the job once they are onsite and then collect a trip charge from you. If you refuse to pay many times they will use empty threats such as calling the police to get you to pay something to them before they move on to the next customer. A competent locksmith can give you a detailed quote for every aspect of the job. You will never hear from us, "we can't tell you a price till we get out there"