Whether you’ve completely lost your car keys or are staring at them in your ignition, you’re bound to think about trying to break into your own car. Time and money are the top two reasons someone might try to quickly jimmy their car door. There are plenty of tutorials online that make it seems like it would be very easy. The truth is that new car doors are harder to break into, for obvious anti-theft reasons. So before you mess with your car door or car lock, remember that you could seriously damage the internal workings of your door, not just the cosmetics. Luckily today there are car locksmiths that specialize in car keys, locks, ignitions and more. Many of these auto locksmith are also available 24/7 and can respond rapidly. So don’t risk costly damage, call a professional.
However, before you call a locksmith there are a few things you should do yourself. The first thing you should do is evaluate these four things: your location, time of day, situation and whether you technically own the vehicle or not.
Depending on these four things you may want to get home first before calling anyone. For example, if you are in a bad area of town and it is nighttime waiting for the car locksmith may not be safe. Or, another example, if you have a spare key at home and you can get back home easily it might be worth the effort. Also, if the car is not technically in your name a licensed auto locksmith will not be able to help you, after all, then anyone could unlock any car!
Next, if you think you lost your keys, retrace your steps and double-check all your bags and pockets even if you don’t think they are there. If you are at home check your laundry! Almost as annoying as being locked out of your car is spending the money on the locksmith only to find your keys in an unchecked pocket!
Once you have established that you’ve really lost your keys, you could call 911, but while the police do have the capabilities to break into a car, your car door locks might not be very functional afterwards. They are not the trained and properly equipped person to handle this issue. Calling a local expert, who has the proper tools to get into most models, is the best way to get back into your car without damaging it.
The most important thing to remember is don’t panic, for every problem there’s always a solution!