Our Experience Calling a Locksmith in Mexico

Many of our readers are interested in the cost of living here in Mexico, including the costs of unforeseen expenses like the one we encountered last week when the deadbolt on our front door of our condo broke.

We had been having some trouble with the door lock for several days. Sometimes when we tried to lock it from the outside, the key would turn but it wouldn’t engage the bolt. I would have to finesse it for a minute or so to get it to work.

My finessing technique only worked for awhile and we eventually reached the point where the only solution was to replace the lock. I’m not the handiest fellow around the house, so I decided to refer this job to a professional.

After gathering some recommendations from some friends and neighbors, we ended up calling a locksmith out of Puerto Aventuras. He came to our condo and determined that the interior lock mechanism was worn. He replaced the lock in just a few minutes and handed us our new keys.

Total Cost: $700 pesos, or about $33 USD. 

Let’s Wrap This Up

I never had to call a locksmith when we lived in the States, so I honestly don’t know how much this sort of thing would cost there; however, I’m fairly confident that it would have been significantly more expensive.

Well, that’s it for today. It’s time to go do something more constructive with my time — like binge watch one of my favorite tv shows or something. Hasta luego.

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Qroo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. They later started a blog called Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us) to share their experiences as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

38 Comments on "Our Experience Calling a Locksmith in Mexico"

  1. We are considering a move to Mexico soon. Any ideas of the cost for a maid to come in once a week to do some cleaning?

  2. We just paid a locksmith in Chicago $125 and he was unable to fix the problem. That tears it we’re moving to Mexico!

  3. I find our local locksmiths very skilled and inexpensive. In states it cost me around 100 dollars to change a lock.

  4. Always enjoy the article and thanks. FYI A new deadbolt at the local Hope Deport can range from $15 to $45 dollars. One or two screwdrivers to remove and replace unit and maybe an half hour of your time.

  5. I had occasion to call a locksmith a couple years ago because my deadbolt in the front door had a similar malfunction. The cost was about $50, so not so different. I do live in southern NM, where the general cost of living is low, compared with much of the country; I’m sure it would have cost much more in any good-sized American city, but then, you don’t live in a good-sized Mexican city either.

  6. Washington DC area, between $175 and $250.

  7. In our small town in central Illinois it would cost $75-100 depending on the quality of the replacement lock.

  8. Very reasonable. Years ago, I got locked out of a car in Merida, and had to call a Locksmith or break a window. Made the call and they showed up fast and it was $1000.00 Pesos I gladly paid. Thanks Paul. Good to know.

  9. Related but not. While in Mexico for a year we had my pickup truck painted and a new windshield installed. $875 for the whole thing, the truck looks great, and the painter was a joy to work with.

  10. Would love the name and contact information of that locksmith. Changing the locks next month in Tulum. Here in Rhode Island the last time I change the locks it was $158. 33 bucks is a steal!

    • Fransisco -Cerrajero Puerto Aventuras: (cell) +52 1 984 119 9727 (work) +52 1 984 172 1195. He does have Whatsapp.

  11. Octavio Cakvillo | September 22, 2020 at 11:43 am |

    I love your positive actitud about Mexico aowatsxseeungvthe pósate side

  12. Ilse Sheffield | September 22, 2020 at 11:45 am |

    Locked myself out of my daughters house in Hastings on Hudson last year. Locksmith opened the door in about 2 min – for 100 US$.

  13. Charles Wilson | September 22, 2020 at 11:49 am |

    Very good publish his contact info. I live in pa 6 months in pa and would be good to know.

    Thank you

    Charles Wilson

    • Fransisco -Cerrajero Puerto Aventuras: (cell) +52 1 984 119 9727 (work) +52 1 984 172 1195. He does have Whatsapp.

  14. Whenever possible, whether in the USA, Canada or Mexico, try to insure that you are the only one that has keys. If you can buy the lock somewhere and install it yourself you eliminate all possible risks other than brute force entry.
    I have seen houses that were entered with keys and then a window is broken (with all of the glass outside) to make it look like entry was through the window. Unless somebody points it out, the victim doesn’t even change the lock. Guess what happens next year?

  15. I had a similar experience. I was locked OUT of our house for about 3 hours. Our landlady called a locksmith who worked on it for an hour or so. No luck and so he left and came back with another locksmith. The two of them worked for another hour or so. No luck. They got a third locksmith and the three of them just did everything possible. No luck. They finally went next door and borrowed our neighbour’s extension ladder and came over the wall. Then they beat the door to death, one on the outside (of course the hinges were welded together) and the other two from the inside. Finally the door opened. I forgot to mention that the door that wouldn’t open only went out into the laundrey room and so I was locked into the laundry room for all that time. The door wasn’t locked — just jammed. They replaced the lock mechanism on that door and on our front door too. At least we know that no one could possibly break into our house.

  16. Recently I locked my keys in the house and frantically explored how I could get in to no avail. Broke down and called locksmiths from the phone in my pocket, got one on the 3rd try. He came in 10 minutes, worked ten minutes and I then asked his price. Thought he said 1250 pesos but it was really 150 pesos, or about $7.50 USD. Shockingly inexpensive and grateful in San Miguel de Allende.

  17. On the topic of budgets and finance, we have kept copious records on everything we have spent for the last year here in Mexico (Oaxaca mostly and the balance CDMX, both in cash and cards. Drop me a line or pm and I’d be glad to share

  18. I had to use a locksmith at our apartment a couple of years ago…the lock jammed and would not turn no matter how i tried. I broke the key off inside the lock also. The locksmith was just a few blocks from the apartment, so I just went there, picked him up, told him what the problem was on the way. He fixed it in 15 minutes, and charged me $25o pesos, about $12US at the time. I have lock problems, before and since, and i usually try my first method, which is hammer, chisel and WD-40. You would be amazed the things you can get to working again with those tools. Last resort is a locksmith, but when I have needed one it was worth the price paid.

  19. Wow, now that’s cheap! Including the replacement lock. Can’t beat that. I’m a handyman for sure and the biggest fun for me will be trying to bring my tools that I love with me when we move to Mexico. I know I’ll need them. Locks are actually fairly simple and sometimes can be fixed, but if the inner part gets out of alignment and you don’t fix it right away you’ll wear it down more to where it won’t function as it should. Glad to know you got it fix for such a great price.

    • Before we moved. we got rid of 99% of our stuff, but looking back, the one thing that I wish I had brought down was a toolbox. There always seems to be something to fix around the house.

  20. Peter Shandera | September 22, 2020 at 3:29 pm |

    $33 for a locksmith is about the same as a doctor visit here in Ajijic.

  21. In Puerto Vallarta, we locked ourselves out of our condo. We had a locksmith that walked 1 mile to our condo and opened the door for us. 300 pesos or about $15 US. We gave him a good tip.

  22. I bought a used car that had only one key with remote. I found a remote that matched the frequency online for about $25 USD and the locksmith programmed it in about 10 minutes for about $25 USD. Much less expensive than going to the dealership to get a new one. Glad I did it because the one remote the car came with began to malfunction not long after. So, I repeated the process to make sure I always have two keys with remotes.

  23. think your door lock is safe!!! hahahaha

  24. I’m a locksmith in SC (USA). Our company price is $85 for house unlock. We charge 2.5x the cost of the lock and $65 per hour to install. If you just need place rekeyed it’s a $35 service fee and $20 per cylinder. If the lock is outside of your standard lock then price will vary depending on labor required.

  25. FYI, several years ago we managed to lock the car keys inside a rental car in Richmond, VA. There was a traveling locksmith we were able to contact. He arrived, opened the car door and all was well. It cost $100 back then probably 2014 or 2015.

  26. DESDE MÉXICO (from méxico). I learned the hard way that if you bring a high-security chapa (doorknob set) from the USA have several sets of keys because locksmiths usually do not have keyblanks for these locks. The same for deadbolts.

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