I’m Locked Out Of My Car – What Do I Do?

I'm Locked Out Of My Car - What Do I Do?


If you’re ever locked out of your car, this article will tell you everything you need to know about what to do.

Depending on the type of lock, some cars can be unlocked by the key – others might require a key and a remote. You will also need to know if it is best to break the window or not – or whether it’s even worth breaking.

This article will help you in any situation that arises when you accidentally lock yourself out of your car when driving and end up stranded at an inconvenient time with nothing but your phone and spare change in your pocket.

Who do I call if I lock my keys in the car?

If you ever lock your keys in the car, you can do either of two things: 1) Call the Police or 2) Call a locksmith. The police usually have designated locksmiths to help you with the same, but if they can’t, a tow truck will be called to take the car to the Service Center where the issue can be resolved. You can call a locksmith who are professionals and can easily pop the car lock without inflicting damage to the car.

Can a locksmith pop a car lock?

Locksmiths can pop a car lock if you have the right equipment. Each job is individually priced and it is best to phone first to find out after which you will be able to decide whether you’re willing to pay the price they ask for or not.

Locksmiths have the tools needed to get into your car no matter what type of lock it has. They have all different types of wrenches and tools used specifically for getting into locks without damaging them. Do not try to do it on your own as you may damage the car. Instead, call the locksmith as they are designated professional for the job.

How do you unlock a car with a hanger?

If you have a type of lock that is not affected by damage and the key cannot get into the car, then you can use a hanger to unlock a car. You can straighten out the hanger and bend it into a V-shape. Use a Paint Scraper or a cloth to pry open the door slightly. Slide in the hanger and locate the lock button to press it. However, it is illegal to open a car forcefully and even if it is yours, the general public might see you as a car-thief. So save yourself the trouble of the police station and call a locksmith to do this job for you.

Can you unlock a car with a bobby pin?

The answer is yes. It is possible to open a car door with a bobby pin, but again, you will need to know how because being caught doing it can be illegal.

There are different types of locks and it will depend on the type of lock whether or not you can use a bobby pin effectively. There are two kinds of locks – deadbolts and simple prongs that keep your door closed. If you still can’t get it open, either call a locksmith or tow the car to the service center where you will get the door unlocked without getting damage on the car.

Should I call the police to unlock my car?

If you are worried that you are breaking the law, the police are the one to call. You might not know if the general public might perceive you as a car-thief and call the cops. So, instead of going through the trouble of the questions from the police, call a locksmith instead.  You will not be fined or arrested and they will have procedures in place to make sure that it is safe for you to be doing.

Do I need a locksmith?

This really depends on what type of lock it is and whether or not damage has been done in any way.

If damage has not been done and the car can be unlocked with the key then you do not need one. However, if damage has been done then it is better to hire someone that has all the right equipment and tools needed in order to fix it properly.

Can I unlock my car with my cell phone?

You can open the car with your CELL PHONE! What? If you ever lock your keys in the car, just call a friend and have them click the unlock button on their wireless remote for their car. Keep your phone near the door handle and the car door shall open. There are videos for the same as well, you can be the judge yourself. 

Nowadays, companies like Tesla, Chevrolet, Ford and KIA are providing mobile apps that match the radio frequency to use them as a key to the car. This type of service has only been popularized recently.


If you lock yourself out of your car, call a car locksmith and be sure you know if the car has damage or not. If you lock yourself out of your car and you have a handful of cash, call a locksmith as well for safety reasons.

About the author


Steven Ly

Steven Ly is the Startup Program and Events Manager at TheNextHint Inc. She recruits rockstar startups for all TC events including Disrupt, meetups, Sessions, and more both domestically and internationally. Previously, she helped produce Dreamforce with Salesforce and Next '17 with Google. Prior to that, she was on the advertising teams at both Facebook and AdRoll, helping support advertisers in North America and helped grow those brands globally. Outside of work, Priya enjoys Flywheel, tacos, the 49ers, and adventuring around the globe.

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