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Make Sure You Use A True “Local” Locksmith

Your Local Locksmith ? – Run-Local in Nashville
Better Business Bureau Report On Run Local

This is probably the best example of a rip-off locksmith company. When just typing in ” locksmith” in a Google search, their ad many times comes up first. While they may advertise $15.00 Locksmith Service, it is really a bait and switch. A national scam that many times costs consumers triple or four times what a reputable locksmith would charge. As consumers get more educated they change their tactics to appear to be honest. Now they state their prices on their website – how could they be more honest ? Actually a great deal more. They claim many prices starting at a $15.00 service call then “prices starting at” here is the fine print from their website :

* This cost is a minimum estimate for the respective job. The final cost will vary. It will depend on the security level of the lock-system plus labor charges.

** This cost is a minimum estimate for the respective job. Every key/ignition is uniquely built and cut therefore, the final cost will vary. It will depend on the complexity of the job and programming cost if associated.

Important Note: The total amount payable will be $15 service call fee + Labor Cost + Hardware or Locks Cost (if bought). Please also take into notice that our dispatch team can only give an approximate estimate of the cost for the task, based on explanation of the situation given by a customer on phone. The actual complexity or situation may differ in reality, therefore the costs may vary.

Blah Blah Blah Blah – what these misleading statements really say is that we are not going to give you an actual cost to unlock your car or your home and will certainly charge a great deal more when we are actually at your location.

Run Local Scam Locksmith Video

Run Local is Really Run Ripoff
Take a look at this video. It reflects what this company is doing nationwide to consumers. In every city and state they operate the same. It truly gives us honest guys a black eye and because of their deceptive practices and huge amount of advertising you might mistakenly call them first.

     

     

This is just one example of a company taking advantage of consumers. There are others doing similar scams – Run Local is just the largest. Even their address used to try and convince you that they are “right around the corner” is a scam. I looked up the Nashville TN Office and their address used was –
103 10th Ave N, Nashville, TN, Tennessee, 37203
Thing is, checking tax records I found no address at this location. It is the corner of Broadway which would be Union Station ……. If you look them up in Atlanta they use the Atlanta Civic Auditorium as their address. wow.
If you were to try and look up who owns their actual website you find that it is listed as “Domains By Proxy”

Did you know that for each domain name you register, anyone –
anywhere, anytime – can find out your name, home address, phone
number and email address?

The law requires that the personal information you provide with every
domain you register be made public in the “WHOIS” database. Your
identity becomes instantly available – and vulnerable – to spammers,
scammers, prying eyes and worse.
But now there’s a solution: Domains By Proxy®!

Ahh – so they don’t want you to know who actually owns Run- Local ??? Go figure.
The owners real name is Meni Agababayev – sorry I can’t pronounce that name either …. however he seems to be a pretty dishonest guy. In 2012 the State of Colorado sued him ( Click to read ) for ripping folks off and they had to pay a $22,000 fine and if it happens again it looks like they will owe more than $100K….. yet they still are operating in Colorado.
If you find a firm like these guys that tries a bait and switch don’t pay them ! When they tell you they are going to call the police on you – don’t believe them. Make sure you get a price BEFORE any work is done and if it is commercial or residential work – get it in writing if you have doubts about what they will eventually charge.
Don’t be a victim ! Make sure you are really dealing with a reputable truly local locksmith firm !