Locked Your Keys in the Car? Call a Professional
Locking your keys in the car is a big mistake, but attempting to unlock it yourself is an even bigger one. Find out why common fixes often do more damage than good and why calling a professional locksmith is your best option.
Over four million drivers lock themselves out of their cars each year. While the Internet is rife with two-bit tutorials on how to pop the lock yourself, there are many reasons to ignore this not-so-sage advice and leave the job to a professional.
Slim Jims were once a popular choice for popping a lock. Cars manufactured after 1990 will not respond to a Slim Jim for the simple reason that manufacturers realized nobody wanted a car that could be easily unlocked and, therefore, easily stolen. Sophisticated antitheft systems have also been developed to prevent unlawful entry. Fortunately, these modification have made it much more difficult for thieves to steal your car. Unfortunately, biometric technology is not yet standard in automobiles, so your car cannot yet tell the difference between a thief attempting to unlock the door without a key and you, the owner, attempting to unlock the door without a key.
When there’s nothing but a thin sheet of glass separating you from your beloved keys, you might be tempted to just smash the window and get on your way. Don’t, unless you’ve locked a child in a hot car or some other true emergency. Replacing a window can cost much more than calling a locksmith and will take up more of your time as well.
While breaking the window obviously damages your car, other methods of attempting entry present their own dangers. A coat hanger can scratch exterior paint, tear interior leather and destroy internal wiring. There is no part of your car that a coat hanger cannot destroy, and any money potentially saved will be lost again repairing the damage. Wedges also present a danger, as they can damage doors and shatter windows when used improperly. If you’re thinking of saving time, consider that many locksmiths are available 24 hours a day and can get to your location in minutes. Messing around with a coat hanger or wedge will likely take much longer and in the end you may be unsuccessful and wind up calling a professional anyway.
Many cars today are keyless. While it seems like an oxymoron to suggest that you could lock yourself out of a keyless car, it is in fact quite common. With the fob on the inside and the driver on the outside, calling a locksmith is often the only way to regain entry to your vehicle.
If you’re standing on the sidewalk kicking yourself, think about how much harder you’ll be kicking when you’ve damaged your car and are still locked outside. Click here to find a car locksmith in Carlsbad, California.
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