3 Tips for Keys Locked in a Car

Most drivers have experienced the panic of having locked keys in a car. Here are some tips you might want to know on how to retrieve your keys with minimal hassle.

Below are 3 tips for keys locked in a car:

Call your Car Insurance Company

Some cars won’t lock with the power-lock button if the key is in the ignition and a door is open. Also, many vehicles from Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury have a door-mounted keypad that lets you tap in a code to unlock the door. If you drive a vehicle with a telematics system such as GM’s OnStar, Hyundai’s Blue Link, or Mercedes-Benz’s Mbrace, you can call a toll-free number to have your car remotely unlocked. Those systems also offer free apps that let smart-phone owners unlock the doors. Check automaker websites for compatible phones and specifics. Source: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2012/12/what-to-do-if-you-lock-your-keys-in-the-car/index.htm

Call for Roadside Assistance

If you don’t have roadside assistance and need to get into your car soon, you can try these methods.

Use a Slim Jim, which is a device made specifically for opening car doors. This works mostly on cars older than early 1990. Newer cars have mechanisms to block the use of a Slim Jim.

Find a long wire, like a wire clothes hangar, and make it straight. Bend the very tip around to make a hook. Use a long screwdriver to pry the top of the door away from the car. Place a rag or thick material under the screwdriver so it doesn’t scratch any paint on the car. Pry the top open just enough for the wire to fit through. Use the hooked end to open the door handle, reach the door locks, unroll the window or grab the keys.
Source: http://cars.lovetoknow.com/Locked_Keys_in_Car

Call a Locksmith

What you must do first if this situation occurs, is to not panic and consider what you could do to recover your keys. The standard procedure is always to check if there is at least one door or window which might be still open. If they are all closed, think about the proper way to open them. Look around the location as you may get professional assistance. If you cannot get any assistance, you may contact your car insurance firm and ask if they cover this type of situation. If not, you may contact a professional locksmith to have your car unlocked.
Source: https://sites.google.com/site/lockedkeysincar/locked-keys-in-car—tips-to-retrieve-your-keys-and-how-to-avoid-it

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