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How to Get Keys Out of a Locked Car

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Don’t be ashamed for locking keys in your car — millions of drivers find themselves in your situation every year. And even though newer models make it more difficult to lock them inside, it just happens sometimes. You may not make it to your next destination on time, but all is not lost. Here are a few lifesaving tricks auto locksmith services may recommend. 

First Make Sure You Are Locked Out

Before you start evaluating the easiest way to solve the problem, take a moment to ascertain the situation. For instance, you can check that the rest of the doors are locked too. You can also try getting into your car through the trunk if it’s not separated from the cabin. If none of that helps, check out the tips below. 

In Case of an Emergency

If someone or an animal is locked in the car, dial 911 immediately. And if help takes too long to arrive, you can resort to forcible entry. Just ensure that you break a window away from any occupants. You can use tape to cover the window before breaking it. That way, the broken glass won’t scatter as much. 

Use a Shoelace or String

It might sound strange, but locking your car keys inside can be a desperate time. Thus, you have to make use of what you have. This DIY trick will only work if you have post locks, and the string can fit between the door and the frame. 

With these conditions met, make a slip knot in the middle of your string or shoelace. Then slip it in between the frame and the door. Slide it in until the knot sits on the lock, then tighten the knot. Once the grip is tight, pull the lock upwards. It should unlock without issue.

Use a Coat Hanger

You’ve probably seen this trick in a movie — and you can try it. But like the shoelace trick, it will only work on vehicles with manual locks. You will need pliers to unravel the coat hanger. From there, slide it between the window and the weather stripping. Once the hook goes below the window, locate the control arm and pull it up. 

Technology Is Your Friend

With the advent of technology and modern cars, getting keys out of the locked car is more effortless. Most cars come with a manufacturer’s app, such as MySubaru, NissanConnect, and myChevrolet. If you have such an application, you can use it to unlock your car. 

Seek Auto Locksmith Services

If these classic tricks fail, consider calling for assistance. Your best shot will be to call an auto locksmith. That way, they can unlock the car without any harm. Even for newer vehicles that rely on keyless remotes, auto locksmiths can work around them. Usually, they open such cars by reprogramming the code. 

Brock’s Lock & Key is an auto locksmith company you can always count on. We are quick, professional, and friendly — precisely what you would need in such a moment of distress. Give us a call today.  

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