Locking your keys in your car is a miserable, frustrating experience. As much as you might try to think of the ways you can get back into your car, only a few of them are likely to work. This is especially true if your car is newer, with locks that are not as easy to access with a paperclip or a wire hanger. Using these tips, you will be able to get back into your car, and hopefully make sure you never go through this experience again.
Check All Doors
We all know that feeling of dread when you arrive at your car only to realize that the driver’s side door is locked and you have no keys. The first thing you can do is take a moment to remain calm. Too many people allow themselves to get upset, which clouds their thinking. Do not make the mistake of assuming that all doors are locked. Take a moment to check all doors, as well as the trunk. If another door is unlocked, then you have no problem.
If the doors are all locked but you have access to the trunk, see if there is a way you can enter the cabin of the car through the trunk. Most car trunks have a lever or a pull handle that will release an opening into the cabin. This is designed primarily to keep children from accidentally trapping themselves in the trunk. Locate the pull handle or lever and release it. Reach through the opening and grab your keys.
Contact a Locksmith
Beyond these simple ideas, you may be better off contacting a locksmith before you try something more complex or risky. If you feel really handy or you have an older car, you can try feeding a curved wire hanger down the window opening between the glass and the weatherstripping to try to pull up on the lock. Similarly, you might consider spraying the lock with WD-40 and using hairpins or a paper clip to trigger the unlocking mechanism. However, you may damage your car with these approaches. But a Seattle locksmith will arrive promptly, unlock your door, help you to start your car if necessary, and get you on your way.
Make Key Copies
A Seattle locksmith is often capable of making an extra copy of your keys at the time you request emergency services. This is a wise practice, because locking your keys in your car is something that might happen more than once. Your locksmith can identify the best places to hide your spare key so that you can use it when you need it. This saves you time, hassle and money.
Locking your keys in your car is never a good thing. However, when you get service from your Seattle locksmith, you get back on the road quickly, with no damage to your car.