If you’re one of those unfortunate people who’ve locked their keys in their car, don’t worry! There are a few things you can do to get your keys out. Check out these tips for retrieving your keys:
Preparation is key
Ultimately, this is an easily avoidable problem. Having a spare key to your car doesn’t take much effort, skill, or money. Some people zip tie a spare key in a secure, easily accessible location, but that may not always be an option if you worry about theft. If your vehicle has a trailer hitch, some products essentially turn the hitch into a small safe with room for a few keys.
Contact your dealer
A dealer might be able to make you an inexpensive key that will open the doors (but not start your car) so that you can retrieve your permanent keys. You’ll probably need your vehicle identification number (visible through the lower edge of the driver’s-side windshield) and to prove that you own the car. Of course, you’ll also need a ride to the dealership.
Do it yourself
The internet is full of advice and videos for breaking into your car (or someone else’s). If self-reliance is your thing and you have the time to gather the needed tools, pick a method and go for it. They are too numerous to catalog here and range from using long shoelaces (mostly for older button locks) to a screwdriver and coat hanger to a technique using a specialized inflatable locksmith’s wedge (or a blood pressure cuff, according to some) to pry the door ajar and insert a wire or plastic rod to grab the door handle or press the lock button. While these might even be fun, the potential for frustration as well as for amateur damage to the door or weatherstripping is high, so proceed carefully — or maybe just leave it up to the experts!
For the fastest and easiest way to get your keys without damaging your car, call us! We’ll help you in no time.