Locked Out Of My Car
Locked out of my car what should I do? Nothing. DO NOTHING.
First you need to relax. You need to understand that this is going to take a little time. The more time that goes by, the more you need to keep cool. Even a few minutes seem like hours when I am locked out of my car.
Car locking hardware is a complex thing. most people think they can easily pick the lock of their car, likely because we see it on TV so often. The reality is, unless you have the proper tools, unless you have done it before and have experience with the particular car and model, you can easily scratch various parts of the internal of the car or even break the lock. By trying to shove a coat hanger, or other similar objects, you will likely ruin the fabric and internal of your car.
Locked out of my car, who should I call?
Luckily there is likely a local locksmith that can come out to you, wherever you are, day or night. These days, with almost everyone having cars, the likelihood that someone is getting locked out is increased. Therefor, as with traditional residential locksmith services, there are many who took upon them the art of picking car locks.
There are many things that one can do to help mitigate such situations as getting locked out of a car. Some are;
1. Usually most cars come with a set of two keys. If you have one, it is advisable to give the second to your spouse or other family members. This way you can call them and perhaps they can come out to help you.
2. When you still have your car keys, make sure to have a spare key. Some keys can be duplicated for as low as $10, while other, more sophisticated locks that send an encrypted signal will likely cost more. Keep the spare key is a safe place where you and other family members or close friends can easily be guided to retrive it.
3. If On-Star is an option in your car, consider signing up. With this service, you can call their 800 number and a representative can unlock the doors remotely.
4. Install a remote unlock device in your car. There are many sophisticated devices that can be installed that enable you to wirelessly or even through cellular unlock your doors.
5. Sign up for AAA. Having a triple-A service will ensure that you have 24/7 roadside assistance. Not only will they help you if you get locked out of your car, they will help if you get a flat tire or get into an accident.
6. Talk to your insurance company. Some policies cover various incidents such as flat tires and when you are locked out of your car.
7. Call the police. Unless you have a real emergency, such as if a child or pet is locked in the car, be sure to explain right away that there is no emergency as you do not want to alarm the operator. The police sometimes carry slim-jim with them and may be able to help you. It is true that likely you will have to wait longer for them to come, the benefit is that if they do come, the service is free.
8. Call a locksmith. If you search on-line for a locksmith company, chances are you will find some that are not only near-by where you are, but also operate 24/7/365. Some locksmith companies offer discounts to senior citizens as well as in situations where a child or animal is locked in the car.
9. Call a tow truck. If non of the above mentioned options are applicable, your lest option may be to call a tow truck. This obviously is going to be the most expensive approach, but still better than leaving your car abondoned in a potentially unsafe neighborhood.
Locked out of my car, should I try to break in?
Under most circumstances, you are better off not trying to break in and call a locksmith. These days most cars, even economy cars, are using more sophisticated locks with remote keys. Since most people no longer use an actual key to get into their car, rather they click the button on their remote key, the actual locks and pins that unlock them are being installed in ways that make them harder to reach.
Locked out of my car, should I use a coat hanger?
Chances are most people do not have a coat hanger readily available, especially considering the fact that you are locked out of your car. So my first answer would be no, do not use a coat hanger. Secondly, coat hangers are obviously stiff metal. One can fairly easily damage the interior fabric of there vehicle or the door itself.