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Steps to take when locked out of car

We have all been there before you get out of a store or leave work and walk up to your car and can not for the life of you find your keys; now what?

You go back and retrace your steps hoping that you are able to find the keys either on the ground, in your desk, in one of the grocery bags and even at the register but you come up empty. It is a very frustrating time especially after working a long hard day or even worse when you just bought food that will now spoil since you can not get it home in a timely fashion. Los Angeles locksmith gets on a daily basis at least 20 of these types of emergency calls, so we have complied a list of some steps you can take when you are locked out of your car.

The first and most obvious is to call whom ever you have given your spare key to so they can come and bring it to you so you are able to get back into your car and on your way. Many people do not take the time to relax and think logically about how to tackle this type of emergency, if you had taken our previous advice and gotten a spare key made for your vehicle someone you know and trust is keeping that key safe, so give them a call and sit back until they arrive with your spare key. Los Angeles Locksmith has responded to multiple emergency lock out calls when upon arrival we are told the spare is on the way, although this can be frustrating for the technician who just rushed over to the scene it is also nice to see the relief in our potential customers faces.  But what happens when you don’t have a spare?

If you are not one of the lucky folks who took the time to get a spare key made you are now facing a whole other set of issues, like we said most people in this situation are not thinking logically they are upset and angry which sometimes leads to them doing the unthinkable and breaking a window to get inside the car, now this is one way to access your keys IF they are inside the car. There have been cases where Los Angeles Locksmith arrives on site to see broken glass on the ground and a disgruntled customer next to it still with out keys. Even if the keys are inside the vehicle breaking a window is never the best option since you are going to have to replace the window anyway.

If you are still trying to avoid the cost of calling a locksmith to unlock your car door which FYI is in most cases less that $100, you have a few other options you can try to contact the local police department to see if there is an officer in the area who will be willing to assist you but 99% of the time the police will direct you to a locksmith company to unlock the door since they usually have bigger fish to fry. The only time the police will respond is if someone is locked inside the vehicle like a child or a senior who is unable to unlock the door for you.

If the police will not come to your aid you can try to unlock the door your self by using a metal coat hanger or your vehicles antenna, this method usually works well on older model cars where the lock sticks up from the door allowing you to make a hook on the hanger to grab a hold of the lock and pull it up to unlock it, we found a few videos where this technique has worked. But metal coat hangers are not the easy to come by anymore and it is even less likely you will be able to unlock the door as quickly as they do in those videos or as well as our professional locksmith technicians.

After all else has failed you will come to the realization that you need to contact a local locksmith to come to your rescue, don’t fret we all want to save money where we can but there are somethings that are just done better when left up to the professionals. Our Los Angeles Locksmith is on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week and we always have our quick 20 minute response time to all emergency locksmith calls we receive, upon arrival our technicians will have you back into your vehicle in just a few short minutes with out any damage to your vehicle for a small fee (much lower than glass replacement). After we get you back into your car we are also able to create a new spare key for your car so you never have to deal with this type of situation again.


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