The first thing most people think of when they lock themselves out is calling a locksmith. We’ve all been in a situation when we’ve locked ourselves out of our cars. However, if you can get your car open on your own it will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Most people panic and immediately call a locksmith, but in some cases, there are other methods you can use to get back inside your car without damage or long wait times. 

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the tools and resources that are available when you find yourself locked out of your car with no keys. We’ll also give you tips on how not to cause damage to your vehicle or lock while trying these tricks.

What to keep in mind if you find yourself locked out of your car without keys?

Proper preparation is important when trying any of these tricks. If possible, move your car closer to where you are attempting to gain entry. Also, make sure you’re in a safe area free of bystanders when trying to unlock your car. 

Tricks and Methods to Open a Locked Car Door

If possible, find an object that is the same size and shape as your key to use in the methods outlined below. A key isn’t required but can help if you encounter any issues with these techniques.

Here are some of the most popular ways to open a locked car door without a key:

Method 1: Unlocking With a Slim Jim (The Whizz)

A slim jim is usually used to unlock the passenger side door, but it can be used on any vehicle. 

An important thing to remember when using this method is that you must put enough tension on the lock so your key will work. To do this, put the slim jim underneath the door handle and grab with your hand until you hear a click. 

This method will unlock your vehicle if one of these two situations are true:

1) Your vehicle has manual locks that use springs to push the lock tumblers into place when they receive input from either your key or the lock itself.

2) Your car has an electric lock. When you put the key in the ignition, a solenoid is activated and sends current to the lock, which then unlocks it.

If your car has an electric lock, using a slim jim may not work. If this is the case, move on to Method 2 below.

(If the slim jim isn’t working, it can be because your locks are electric.)If you think this might be the case, check to make sure all of your doors are closed. If the doors are open and the locks aren’t turning, your car will not be unlocked when you use a slim jim.

Method 2: Using a Coat Hanger (The Wire)

This method is used to unlock your car when it has manual locks and you don’t have access to a slim jim. In these cases, a wire coat hanger can be used to push the driver’s side lock-in and release the door handle. 

Unlock your vehicle using this method by feeding one end of a wire coat hanger (or something similar in shape and rigidity) into the top of the door and making sure it is pushed all the way down to the bottom of the door. 

Then, push your unlocked car’s lock upward and hold it to keep the wire from falling back inside the door. Pull up on the door handle using one hand while you pull out as much wire as possible with your other hand. When enough wire is exposed, use it to unlock your car’s door. 

If you’re having difficulty unlocking the door with this method, try using a key to help. Stick the key in the hole in the wire and twist it until the door unlocks.

Method 3: The Hammer and Nail Trick

This method is used when your car has an electric lock and you don’t have access to a key, slim jim, or coat hanger. The Nail Trick is a little more complicated than the other methods but worth trying if you need help opening your car door after you’ve locked yourself out.

In this method, you will use an object with a long straight edge to access the wires under the dashboard by connecting them to your car’s battery. The trick is to connect the wire that is normally connected directly to the positive terminal on the battery (this may be different depending on what type of vehicle you have).

Another option for this method is to remove a panel from under the dashboard and attach a jumper cable with exposed metal at both ends. Then, clamp the other end of the jumper cable to a good battery. This will create a short and allow you to open your car door.

Once you have access to the wires, use a hammer and nail (or something similar in size and shape) to pierce the insulation and make contact with the metal wire. Twist the wire around the nail until it makes a connection, which you should feel when the door handle pops open.

If none of these methods work for your particular vehicle, then you might have an older car that doesn’t have any locks. In this case, just use a window to get back into your car.

To do this, take a credit card and slide it in the space between the window and the rubber seal. Pry the window open by using your hands or a tool like a screwdriver or putty knife, and then reach into the car and unlock the door. Finally, push down on the window to close it and lock it in place.

If you have any other questions about how to get back into your locked car or if you have another solution that wasn’t listed here, feel free to post them in the comments section below.

How to prevent locking yourself out of the car?

  • Put your spare key in the same location every time so that you locate said place quickly when needed. For example, store an extra key under a hidden rock next to your front door.
  • Keep an inflatable wedge in the trunk of your car to help you get back inside if you lock yourself out. These wedges are inexpensive and can be purchased at any auto supply store.
  • Write down information about your car and keep it with you like make, model, year, and the location of the hidden spare key (in case you forget).
  • Keep an extra cell phone in your glove box to use if necessary.
  • Leave a message on your windshield letting others know that you are locked out of your car.
  • Put an extra phone inside the car to help you get back inside. 
  • Always keep garage door openers in your glove compartment, not on your keychain or in your home. 

Emergency Car Lockout FAQs

I’ve locked myself out of the car should I call a locksmith right away?

When you lock yourself out of your car, you should definitely call a locksmith as soon as possible to avoid further damage and costs. 

If you don’t have a spare key or inflatable wedge with you, then there are only two ways to open the door: either force it open from inside the car and risk damaging the car or call a locksmith to come and open the door for you. 

Locking yourself out of your car is an emergency situation, so don’t make things worse by trying to force your way in through the window with tools like wire hangers or slim jims.

Can the police help unlock my car?

The police cannot unlock your car for you. If you locked yourself out, then the best way to get back in is by calling a locksmith (who can safely enter the vehicle without causing more damage).

Can a tow truck driver help me get back into my car?

Some tow truck drivers might be able to help you get back into your car, but this is not something that they are obligated to do. It’s always best to call a locksmith if you find yourself locked out of your vehicle.

How much does a lockout cost?

The cost of a lockout will vary depending on your location and the locksmith you choose to call. However, most locksmiths charge around $50 for their services.

This is a serious situation. You risk not being able to get back into the car, which means you won’t have access to your personal belongings in the car. Not being able to get back in will also cost you money in terms of paying for a locksmith. It’s much better to just call a locksmith when you’re locked out and avoid these issues altogether!

What should I do if my car battery dies while I’m locked out?

If your car battery dies while you’re locked out, then your only option is to call a locksmith. They will be able to open the door for you and charge your battery at the same time.

Can a locksmith help me if I’ve lost my car key?

Yes, a locksmith can help you if you’ve lost your car key. They will be able to make a new key for your car or open the door if you have a spare key.

What’s the best way to prevent getting locked out of my car?

The best way to prevent getting locked out of your car is by always keeping a spare key in a safe place and by being aware of your surroundings. For example, don’t leave your car unlocked when you go into a store and always keep your keys with you. If you’re ever stranded on the side of the road, then put up some type of sign so that people know you need help.

Can a locksmith help me if I’ve lost my car key?

Yes, a locksmith can help you if you have lost your car key. They will be able to make a new key for you or open the door using other methods.

Is it illegal to break into your own car?

It is not illegal to break into your own car. However, doing so may damage your car and void your warranty. Always try other methods before resorting to this.

Is it possible to break my window without insurance paying for it?

It is possible to break your window without insurance paying for it, but doing so will likely increase your rates. Talk to your insurance company about what would happen in the event that you have to break into your car.

Can I get locked out of my car if I have a remote keyless entry system?

Yes, you can still lock yourself out of your car if you have a remote keyless entry system. The best way to avoid this is by keeping your car locked at all times and by not leaving your keys in the car.

Who can I call to unlock my car door for free?

There is no one who can unlock your car door for free. However, locksmiths typically charge around $50 for their services, which is a much better option than breaking into your car.

These are some of the best ways to get back into your car if you’ve locked yourself out. Always try other methods before breaking into your car and remember to keep a spare key in a safe place!

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