Having your car locked without your keys is an unimaginable situation. Attempting to unlock it by damaging your windows or using a device may work. Even the Internet has so many resources of DIY unlocking methods but, it may not be the best solution out there. Why should you not try to open your locked vehicle? There are several reasons.
First, it may damage your car. You might break your window just to open the door or use bent hangers to trigger the pin. However, having a new window, of course, is expensive. Pushing on the pin for the lock might damage this part instead. You also know how costly it is to have a car repaired whatever part it is. Trying to open your car will also lead to misinterpretation especially when done in a public place. It may put you in a sticky situation especially if you do not have someone in authority beside you. After all, you do not want a legal record of attempting to break in your car, right? So, before planning anything that can aggravate the situation, here are sensible solutions for a locked car.
- Check all the doors first and hope one or the rest is open. If not, relax and remember where the key is. If the key is inside the car, read on the other steps. If the key is somewhere else, ask someone to bring it to you.
- Call on police or roadside assistance. The police have their tools for locked cars. Moreover, roadside assistance can safely open your car doors. However, you have to be ready with documents to show you are the car owner. Know the numbers of the police and roadside assistance. Research more about them and save their numbers in your phone. It is also better to put a car sticker with emergency numbers on.
- Aside from police and roadside assistance, you can call a locksmith or your car dealer. Research on a locksmith company regarding contact details and fees. Your car dealer can also help you. However, they will need proof of ownership. So, prepare it beforehand. Have car documents accessible to you anytime. Be a responsible owner.
- Securing a spare key is the key of being a most practical car owner. Have an extra key in your wallet or your house. It is better not to hide it in your car compartment. If it helps, have two extra keys, one you can bring with you, another you can keep in a safe place. It may cost some money now but, it will spare you more expensive repairs if the situation arises.
These are reminders on being a responsible car owner. Invest in the little things like taking time to research on public assistance contact details, providing a car sticker with an emergency number and having an extra car key made. It is better to be prepared now than to regret later.