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Dealing with a Locked Car Emergency? Know How to Get In!

01/01/2014 Back To Blog

After a long day at work, you thankfully get to the parking lot intending to drive home. However, in your hurry to get to the office without being late earlier, you realize that you left your car keys inside. Locked-in car emergencies happen more often than you’d think, so you are not alone. In this super busy world, people tend to be forgetful so such things happen.

If you find yourself in such a situation where you left your keys inside a locked car, what are you supposed to do? Here are a few ways that you can get in:

If you have an old car model, use the old coat hanger car door opening trick

There are old car models which have a locking mechanism that go up and down. For this, you simply need to straighten out a coat hanger with a little hook at the ends to fit through the window and rubber moulding. Get the hanger inside the car and aim the hook to fit on the lock. This technique should eventually open your car door.

If you have a new car model, seek the help of a gas station or car park attendant

The coat hanger technique will not work if you have a newer car model. If you’re near a gas station or if there’s a car park attendant nearby, ask them for a special tool called a ‘Jimmy’ which are designed to open locked cars.

Call roadside assistance, or consult a professional

If you cannot open the car door yourself, seek the help of the pros. If your car insurance policy has roadside assistance, opening locked car doors is usually part of the service they provide. Your final option would be to call in the help of experts who are locksmiths that can assist you to open the car without ruining its locking mechanism.

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