5 Lessons Learned: Automobiles

What to Do If You're Locked Out of Your Car..

5 Lessons Learned: Automobiles

What to Do If You’re Locked Out of Your Car Chances are you’ll lock your keys in your car sometime, and those chances are on the rise. The causes? Keyless ignition and extremely high-tech electronic anti-theft systems. Should this happen to you, take the following steps will get out of the situation fast and safe: Get 911.
The Art of Mastering Vehicles
Safety is always first, so don’t think twice about calling 911 if you think you’re in a dangerous fix. The police can unlock a car door in a lot of cases. Otherwise, they could call a tow truck, which you should expect on your tab, of course. Your safety is guaranteed.
A Simple Plan: Cars
Request roadside assistance. Those auto-club fees do pay off. If you don’t subscribe to any of those organizations’ roadside services, you may still be in luck. Majority of new cars come with roadside assistance within the minimum warranty period. Your owner’s manual would have the details, but most probably, it’s also locked in the car with the keys. Perhaps you can find the number to call on a window decal. If none of that works, just ring a dealership (one of the key reasons to always have this number with you in your purse or phone). A dealer may make you a cheap key that will only open your car doors (not start the car) so you can retrieve your keys. You may need your vehicle identification number (found on the lower edge of the windshield, driver’s side) to prove that you are the owner of the car. If your vehicle isn’t new or you’re not a member of any club that offers roadside assistance, talk to your auto insurance agent about adding the service to your policy. Also look out for trucks providing emergency aid, but they usually patrol only main highways. Get a tow truck. If you’ve run out of free options, consider towing services that provide lockout assistance. Always keep an extra key. A spare key stashed in your wallet is a smart idea. You can get one of those small magnetic containers that can hold keys and be placed on a vehicle’s underside. Or just leave a spare with a friend or relative who can rescue you. If you’re keyless, get a locksmith. Lastly, if you actually lost your key, you’re going to need a locksmith. But again, you have to prove that you’re the real owner of the vehicle you’d like them to provide you access to. To get a replacement key, you could pay a minimum of $200. For more expensive models, this can go a lot higher. Take note that you can only get the key only from a dealer, who will also have to configure the remote for you.