No one likes locking themselves out of their car, but it happens to everyone at some point. The big question is, what do you do if it happens to you? Here are a few suggestions that might help if you find yourself in this situation and need to get into your car.
Retrieve the Spare Key
Most people have a spare key to their car, but never have it with them when they need it. If you have locked your key inside your car, finding someone to bring the spare key to you is one way to get into the car. If there no one to bring you the key, you may be able to get a ride home to get it, but if your house keys and car keys are on the same ring and you live alone, you could have a whole different problem.
Call Your Auto Club
If you are a member of an auto club or roadside assistance service, you may want to give them a call and see if they have someone that can come and unlock the car for you. These companies routinely advertise lockout services as a benefit, but you will need to check with member services to see if you have that coverage or not.
If they offer lockout service, they will find a tow truck or locksmith in your area and send them out to you. Make sure you ask if there is any portion of the bill you are responsible for before they come out so that you are prepared if you need to pay a deductible or fee for the call out.
Call a Tow Services
Another option is to call a tow company near you and ask if they handle lockouts. Many tow companies will, but with the modern locks it is getting harder to get into the car, so some tow companies will no longer do them. The best option is to call and ask. Be sure you have your vehicle information handy because they will want to know what year and type of car you have to determine if they can open it or not.
Call a Locksmith
The locksmith is most likely the best option for getting into just about any car. A mobile locksmith service can come to you and help get the car open, but they will require payment when the work is complete. The price may vary by location so ask when you call and you may want to make sure they will take a credit card if that is all you have with you.
For more information, contact your local emergency lockout services.