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.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: That is a complete list of Express's services: we unlock cars and unlock homes, and we rekey locks in house and commercial doors. AND NOTHING ELSE. This is entirely an "express" service, so 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". In other words, no hidden prices revealed after arrival.
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 an insured and a professional locksmith in Overland Park KS. 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 there are no hidden costs?"
Because some companies are vague about their prices for no reason but to hide their exorbitant cost, 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 con artists name their maximum instead of minimum. The bait is still a tiny service fee but they include "Maybe $50 but might be as much as $100... depends on your locks". The reason this works on some people is they believe "It's just a Ford not a Jaguar so it will be $50 and not $100". And, no, probably not since it actually does not matter a damn if it's a Ford or a Jaguar (except the locksmith probably has a more anxious customer on his hands with the Jaguar).
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 of $15 or $19 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:
"Locksmiths are too expensive"
This "intuition" is factually wrong if the locksmith's 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. Too expensive is 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 when they actually are. The feeling's unpleasant but avoidable with being more aware of how business in general works (which means no guessing/no opinions).
"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 vague prices for a car lockout
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). It's the false idea that the "hardness" of the "labor" matters most is exactly the widespread but wrong idea that these con artists are manipulating with their "depends on the locks" BS.
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.