What to Do if You Lock Your Keys Inside Your Car – 2024 Guide

It’s quite difficult to imagine a life without a vehicle in these modern times, but unfortunately, this sometimes becomes our reality due to one reason or another. Whether our car is at the repair service or we’ve locked our keys inside it, the outcome doesn’t change, we cannot drive. There’s only one difference between these two scenarios, and that’s the fact that the latter one makes you feel so silly because you’ve done it yourself. Thankfully, when something like this happens it’s not the end of the world if you know what to do.

We know that these things happen to a lot of people worldwide, so we must help those individuals avoid looking silly, missing their date, or getting fired from work. If you’re currently in such a situation and you’re reading this from a mobile phone, or you just want to be sure that you’ll get through it easily if it happens to you in the future, you’re more than welcome to keep on reading until the end. Let’s take a look.

Look for your reserve keys

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The first, most obvious, and “painless” thing that you can do upon locking your car keys inside your vehicle is to look for your reserve ones. Most people have them at home, other people don’t have them at all. We hope that you’re in the first group because that would be the quickest solution for this problem.

Returning home with a taxi or a bus and grabbing your reserve keys is an easy thing to do, and you won’t have to break your window or do anything silly to be able to get in once again. However, not everyone has a reserve pair, and if you happen to be that person, you can move on to some of the other methods.

Use the “loop” method

If you have a modern car, chances are that this won’t work for you, but it’s still worth mentioning because it can save your life if you’re lucky enough. Forming a loop with a piece of rope, your shoelace, or the thinnest piece of cloth that you can find is the first step. After doing that, you need to push it into the door and try to lock it around the lock-handle. When you’re sure that it’s set up properly, you need to gently pull until the door unlocks. As we mentioned above, this will be useful only if your car has mechanic locks and not electronic ones.

Call a professional locksmith

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We’re moving on the more serious methods, assuming the previous ones didn’t work out for you exactly. This one will cost you some money, but it’s probably the only way of getting back your car keys without doing any damage to your vehicle or attempting DIY methods. Professional locksmiths often offer to arrive at the spot where your car is parked and solve the issue on the spot. This will cost some more, and it won’t be easy to find a quality locksmith, but it will for sure get your issue resolved if you’re all out of other ideas. If you’ve never been in a situation where you needed a locksmith, you can find some more information on keymakerdubai.com. Exotic cars have different types of “keys”, so the procedure might be a bit more complicated. Then again, you can always contact your car seller if you happen to own an exotic car, there are quite some benefits for situations like these for owners of luxurious vehicles.

Try a tennis ball with air pressure

This is probably the most DIY and experimental method on this list, but some people said that it helped them, so why not give it a try? You need to make a hole in a tennis ball by using a knife, scissors, or any other pointy object. After doing that, bring the tennis ball close to the car-lock and position the hole of the ball to face the hole where the key needs to enter. Then simply push and press at the same time. Those who had success with this method said that the air pressure from the tennis ball is more than enough to unlock the vehicle. Strange, but if it works, why not?

The coat hanger method

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Before explaining this one, we’d like to point out that it’s going to work only with cars that have a horizontal lock. If that’s not your case, skip this method because you can damage the lock mechanism in your car. With that out of the way, let’s take a look at this cool DIY trick that you can do to unlock your car.

Find a coat hanger, we have many of them in our home and unscrew the metal part. Make sure that you find a coat hanger that has a very sturdy metal part that won’t bend, this step is very important. Now that you’ve done that, make the hook a bit more “pointy” and try to work it inside the door. The goal is to get it around the lock and pull when you think that you’ve placed it properly. With enough luck and quite a lot of effort, you will be able to unlock your vehicle and get your car keys out.

Break the window

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Last but not least, the most desperate but one-hundred-percent-efficient method, the good old window breaker. If nothing else works, breaking into your vehicle to get the keys out and unlock the car from the inside is something that’s going to always work, but also always costs you quite a lot. Window replacement is expensive, especially if you have a luxury car, but you’ll be able to get the keys out and use your vehicle in no time.

Use this method only when you’re in an emergency and the reparation costs don’t overweight the magnitude of the situation. If someone’s life depends on your ability to get from point A to point B in a really short time, it’s the right thing to do.