Locksmith in Overland Park
Express Lock Service in Overland Park is known by our customers for its fast service. And there are no BS "estimates", just the price. Our focus is opening locked doors when you are locked out of car, home or business. We also specialize in rekeying or "changing the locks" so that new keys work, on home and business doors.
PLEASE NOTE: That is a complete list of Express's services: we unlock cars and unlock homes, and we rekey the locks in house and commercial doors. AND NOTHING ELSE. This is entirely an "express" service, the focus is on persons needing a quick, immediate mobile locksmith. As with most locksmiths, plumbers, electricians, there is NO SHOP.
At Express, all lockouts are a flat rate regardless of time of day, distance or labor. Rekeying is a specific amount per lock to be re-keyed. It's all settled on the phone; you won't be told "we need to see the locks first"; there are no hidden prices revealed after arrival.
Call and talk with the locksmith in Overland Park, and get our price stated in full for whichever service you need: unlock car, unlock home, rekey house, rekey business. We're an insured and a professional locksmith in Overland Park KS.
Services are available throughout Johnson County. The location in Overland Park is central and mobile services are very quickly dispatched to all cities surrounding Overland Park.
We're a proud member of MKLA, the Missouri-Kansas Locksmith Association; as well as ALOA, the Associated Locksmiths of America.
Call now for fast service! 913-599-0400
"Why does Express advertise the full price is named and there are no hidden costs?"
Because some companies are vague about their prices and have huge hidden costs, and we're not one of those.
Maybe you saw one of the "$15 Locksmith!" or "Only $19 Service!" ads on Google. And, if you phone them about a locked car, their price quote will go something like this: "It's $15 to come out and $25 or more to open the car's door, the technician needs to see the locks first".
Then suppose you phone another company and they say: "It's $60".
So, which one of those are cheaper?
The correct answer is the $60 guy is cheaper by half and maybe more. The first quote does not add up to $40 or near it, the "or more" or "about" they slip in means they just don't want to say what the price is. If they had prices competitive with the other, real locksmith companies then they'd just name the price.
Some name their maximum instead of minimum. The bait is still a tiny service fee but they include "It might be as much as $100... depends on your locks, we'll tell you when we see the locks". The reason this works for some people is they believe "It's just a Ford not a Lamborghini so it will be less than $100". And, no, probably not since "depends on your locks" is a lie.
No one needs to see your car's locks first, as the procedure's pretty basic for someone with the right tools and training.
The bulk of a mobile service's cost must necessarily be for the overall time a company devotes to a single client, and in car and home lockouts most of the time is the drive. However, the scammers have reversed this, in order to use a lowball service charge for bait.
But $15 is one-fourth the market's going-rate for a mobile service fee.
Here are the national average prices in 2013... three years ago so these are minimums by now:
"Locksmiths are too expensive"
That is factually wrong if the price is within the marketplace's going-rate. The market's going-rate is what prices "should be". It tells what's too expensive and also what's too cheap. If the cost really is too expensive that's bad enough, but too cheap is worse.
Here's why this is important: Because guessing what prices "should be" results in 1) people feeling like they're robbed when they are not; or 2) people feeling like they're robbed because they actually are. Both results feel pretty crappy, and both are avoidable with some awareness.
"But it only takes them a couple minutes to open a locked car"
If you brought the car to the locksmith then that'd be true, and any locksmith would open it for just $10 or $15. The thing about mobile services is... they're mobile! This may seem counter-intuitive but the labor of unlocking the door is by far the lesser part of the service. Without the drive (ie, the bulk of time spent delivering the service) there is no service so, yes, all customers are paying for that... and primarily that.
Here's why this is important: If we apply the notion "it's just a couple minutes" to the scammer's "price quote" then we see just how weird that price quote is. The company says that they want $15 for an hour (or near enough) given to a single client... but they want "$25 or more" for something that takes only a couple minutes. That's backwards. And then, if you look at some of the consumer complaints across the internet, you'll find "or more" means $120 and sometimes much more. And that makes all this much worse than just a "marketing gimmick".
Never accept a vague price, or a range of prices, for a car lockout
There is no good reason for estimates here. The most locksmiths need to know to simply name the total cost is what kind of car you want unlocked and how far the drive is. "We need to see the locks first" is as silly for car unlocks as "We need to see the oil pan first" would be for oil changes. Yeah, some are a bit harder than others but the couple minutes difference in labor doesn't matter the way the overall time and the applied skill do (which is true of basically all jobs on planet earth).
If you don't want a car or home lockout service but something more involved, then you can still ask what the cost for a lockout is just to test for their honesty. Say you were just curious about it and then move on to what your actual situation is. Or just avoid hiring anyone with a very cheap service fee like $15 or $25 or $35.
The going-rates matter a great deal. Engaging an important business transaction armed with knowledge is the smart way to do it and can save you a great deal of money.