Locked My Keys In My Car

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Keys locked in the car

Each year, countless drivers either lock their car keys inside their vehicles, or misplace their keys altogether. It may seem hopeless to unlock a car door without the use of a key. During such frustrating times, someone might attempt to unlock their vehicle with the use of a screwdriver or coat hanger. However, such approaches might not work on modern cars. Worse, by making such attempts, owners risk damaging their car doors or windows, as well as their paint jobs and locking mechanisms. An automobile is a huge investment, and contacting a locksmith is the smartest and safest way to get drivers back in their cars in any scenario.

Professional locksmiths may use a number of methods to unlock cars. Their procedures and tools revolve around what kind of car they’re dealing with, and the locking system of the vehicle. Here are some of the most typical tools you’ll see a locksmith use to efficiently unlock a vehicle.

Locksmith Air Wedge

HPC Universal Air Wedge

HPC Universal Air Wedge

The locksmith must access an automobile’s locking system from its exterior. This necessitates the creation of space between the window or door and the interior of the car. As such, an additional tool must be used to discharge the lock. Vinyl and plastic wedges can be used to achieve this. A thin, small wedge can form the necessary space. In this process, a flat-state wedge will be inserted into the car before being inflated to mildly expand the space between the weather-stripping and the window.

Locksmith Rod BigEasy

Locksmith Rod BigEasy

Locksmith Rod BigEasy

After accessing the interior of the vehicle, a lengthy tool is inserted by the locksmith in order to either press buttons to reopen the door, or tug on the lock tabs. For older automobiles, a Slim Jim may prove useful.  A Slim Jim is a thin, protracted metallic strip that the locksmith can inject between the weather-stripping and the window in order to pull on the lock rod. It should be noted that, even though Slim Jims are developed for all kinds of vehicles, they are unable to penetrate most modern cars. Further, Slim Jims aren’t completely safe to use on fragile lock systems.

Reach tools comprised of lengthy, thin steel rods are available. Some are bendable, and others are solid. The tips of many reach tools are angled to help the locksmith navigate within awkward spaces and corners.

Some reach tools have a loop pull or lasso at the ends to latch onto lock rods or handles. A narrow sleeve situated between the car’s body, and the reach tool defends the paint or glass from potential damage during the process.

Can Police or Fire Department Help Me Get Back in My Car?

Keys locked in the car

Keys locked in the car

Many people have depended on law enforcement to reopen cars in cases of emergency. Even though they do have the ability to access a vehicle, cops lack the professional tools necessary to reopen them without damaging or making the locking systems less secure, resulting in costly repairs. As such, unless it is a real emergency, like when a passenger or driver is in danger, most police departments don’t respond to automobile lockouts.

Local Professional Locksmiths

Vehicle lockouts are very common throughout the country. Expert Miami Locksmiths will get any driver back inside their car, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Our locksmiths will arrive in minimal time, no matter where in the Miami area you are. Relying on a professional locksmith is the best way to get back into your car without harming it…or yourself.