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So you’ve managed to lock yourself out of your own home. It’s 1 AM and you’re just not up to using the leaf skimmer to pole-vault yourself over the backyard fence to get back inside. Or maybe you’ve locked your keys inside your car, and you’re up hours before dawn to run and pick up your best friend from a red-eye flight.

No matter how you managed to lock yourself out or what you locked yourself out of, you’ll need to call a locksmith.

The problem with most locksmiths and roadside assistance companies is that they’re usually only open during regular working hours. Unfortunately, mistakes happen all hours of the day, and usually when it’s the least convenient of times.

Fear not, because there is probably a 24-hour locksmith in your area.

Reasons You Need a 24-Hour Locksmith

1.They’re open 24-hours of the day, seven days a week

This one is pretty self-explanatory, but 24-hour locksmiths are available to help you at almost any hour, day or night, depending on the service. Some locksmiths are even available on holidays so that you can still make it to church service on Christmas eve, or be able to get all the last-minute gifts your bought out of your trunk. No matter the situation, a 24-hour locksmith can usually help.

2. 24-hour locksmiths can do anything

Maybe locksmiths can’t do it all, but sometimes it seems that way. 24-hour locksmiths are trained, capable, and experienced individuals with a knack for cracking locks. They often specialize in manual and electronic door locks, car door locks and window locks. Some MLA and other professional locksmiths can also repair all of the above, install lock systems for you, and even cut new keys for your car.

3. It won’t hurt your wallet 

Since 24-hour locksmiths are usually local, family-operated businesses, they may charge less than other larger businesses. Affordability is important, especially when there are little to no other options at times. There can be a convenience charge for some services and times, but 24-hour locksmiths usually have affordable, set rates for standard services like unlocking car doors, windows, and other standard manual or electronic locks.

Also, some 24-locksmiths will negotiate rates with you if you’re stuck, because they understand what it’s like to be in the situation you’re in, and they’ve seen it hundreds of times.

4. They can save you time

24-hour locksmiths can decades of experience behind them and most of them have seen it all. With all that experience and practice comes quick response times and rapid service. 24-hour locksmiths are generally known for getting to you quickly and knowing how to solve your problem even before they get there. They are knowledgeable and well-equipped, so it’s best to just to call and let them do their job, instead of trying the DIY method you looked up on the internet.

5. You’re supporting a local business 

Small local businesses not only offer more affordable rates and quicker response times but also often offer a more personal experience. Locksmiths are often friendly, local business owners who care about your situation and do their best to help you. Not only that but by using a 24-hour locksmith, you’re supporting your local economy.