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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 Ashburn locksmiths
Charlotte K.
Great locksmith! Highly recommend their services. They relayed multiple doors as I moved in to a new home and the entire process was super easy working with a friendly team. Will use Miss Rekey Locksmith again.
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Jamiah M.
Extremely professional and punctual! I would highly recommended to use them for all your locksmith needs!
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Morgan B.
Miss Rekey Locksmith team was very professional and worked quickly. They supplied and installed 5 new doorknobs and a deadbolt, re-keyed a deadbolt, and helped reset an existing keypad locking system for my new home. I would definitely hire them again for future locksmith projects!
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Chris A.
Tony was a great pleasure to work, I will definitely contact him moving forward for any and all locksmith services.
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DJaris Y.
There are not enough words to say how GREAT Miss Rekey Locksmith are. They were quick to respond very professional and the work was amazing.
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Felicia M.
This team of locksmiths is the greatest. Very knowledgeable, good work ethics, fair priced, and didn't quit until he/she corrected the situation. The best money I ever spent.
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Kleber S.
I've used their locksmith services twice, for two of my homes, and the service has been outstanding both times. They're always quick to reply, professional, and their work is fantastic! I wouldn't hesitate to use their services again in the future.
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Ron G.
Professional and prompt communication. Great availability. Lowest cost of all vendors reviewed. As much as 50% less than some competitors. Showed up on time and was very professionally looking and acting. Very friendly. Appeared skilled and efficient in completing the work requested. He is my new locksmith from now on.
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Kitty B.
Miss Rekey responded to my request for a locksmith within minutes. On the scheduled day, she courteously called to confirm when she was 20 minutes away. Our lock situation ended up being complicated, but Miss Rekey found a solution so that every lock in our house works to perfect. Nice, friendly, competent!
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Meredith W.
Kelly with Miss Rekey Locksmith responded to my Thumbtack inquiry within minutes, even on a Sunday! We spoke the same day and arranged to have her replace the lock and keys on my condo mailbox the next day. Much to my relief, I didn't have to be present for the work and Kelly left the keys in a secure location for me and allowed me to pay only after I was able to stop by in the evening. Quick, easy, efficient and affordable, highly recommend!
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