We tend to ask questions when we are about to hire a professional or buy a product, so it makes sense to ask questions before you hire a bail bondsman. A quality bond agent will be happy to answer any questions you have. Here are five sample questions to get you started.
1. Do you have a current license?
A bail bondsman gives the court a promise, or surety, that they will pay your bail amount, in the event that you don’t show up for your court hearing. In order to do that, they must have a current license. Check your state’s Department of Insurance web site to look up a bail bondsman’s license number.
2. How long have you been in business?
You want to hire an experienced agent to work for you. If the bondsman has just gotten into the business, or if they seem to be trying to dodge this question, move on to someone who has been in the business longer.
3. Have you been sued by a client in the past year?
Online reviews and word of mouth are good indicators of a bondsman’s customer service quality. But take things a step farther and ask if the company has been sued in the past 12 months. If they have, that should raise a warning flag in your mind.
4. What is your Better Business Bureau rating?
Look for a company that is accredited and rated by the Better Business Bureau. Ideally, they will have an A+ rating. If they have a lower rating and a history of complaints, look at the BBB web site to learn the nature of those complaints and how they were resolved.
5. What are your repayment terms?
You need to know the terms of the binding contract before you sign it. Ask questions if there is a part you’re unclear on. A good agent will want to make sure you understand all of the terms and conditions. If an agent tries to rush you through the process, they might not be the best choice for you.
By asking the above questions, you will be able to weed out less than ideal bond agents. For bail bond services in or near Austin, TX, give us a call today!