Locked out of car situations are very common among car owners and can be very frustrating especially when you’re in a hurry. Whether you lost your car keys, they’ve been stolen or you forgot them inside the car, you don’t need to panic because every situation has its own solution.
Below you will find some methods that you can try when you face a lockout situation and what you need to do in order to gain access to your car.
- Make sure your car is really closed
First of all, if you ever find yourself being locked out of your car, make sure that the car is really closed. Check every door and also the trunk. Sometimes, the doors may be closed, but the trunk not. So if your trunk is opened, try to access your car through it.
- Check for a spare key
Many car owners keep a spare key that will save them from delicate situations such as a lockout. So, search your spare key in case you have one. Some car owners hide the key in a well hidden place on the car, while others give it to a close friend or relative that they can call whenever they need.
Even if you’re a very careful person, duplicating your car key is always a good idea because you may never know when something bad can occur.
- Try to open your car with some simple tips
If your car is really closed and you don’t have a spare key, you can use a coat hanger to open the door. This only works if the door locks your car has are the old style ones, with little buttons on the window ledge. Use a wire hanger, straighten it and bend it into a hook shape.
Than you need to insert the hanger between the side window and the rubber molding, move it around the door button and finally pull it up. This method should work with any bendable wire.
If the door lock you have is the type that sticks out of the top of the interior door trim, you can use a shoelace. Try to make a slip knot of your shoelace, insert it in the car through the right corner from the top of the window, move it around the lock and then pull to force the lock upwards.
If you have an automatic door lock, you can insert a wedge underneath the top corner of the door, tap it gently to open the door a little in order to insert either a straightened coat hanger or a long rid, reach the car lock and push it to open the car. But be careful because if you put too much pressure on the window while trying to open the door, the window might break.
- Call a professional locksmith
Sometimes none of the methods mentioned above work, so the only remaining thing to do is to call a professional locksmith. He will open the car fast and easy without damaging the door or any other part of the car. Besides, if your car keys are not in the car, a locksmith is able to make a new key for you very easy. All you need is the Vehicle Identification Number.
The security of your vehicle is very important. Whether your keys are locked inside the car, you lost them, the keys are damaged or the car door would not open, pay attention if you try to open the car yourself.
Instead of risking to cause any damage to it, call a qualified auto locksmith and let him open the car for you and ask him to cut a new car key for you. If your keys were locked in the car, ask him to duplicate them, in order to have a spare key with you all the time.