Are you locked out of your car?
You've called your friends and family members to bring you a spare key. No luck - everybody’s unavailable.
Next step: call your car dealership and see if they can get a replacement key to you. Of course, the issue with this strategy (as we’ve talked about before) is that it’s expensive and time-consuming.
So, who do you call when you’ve locked yourself out of your car?
Getting stuck in the middle of nowhere calling for help and not knowing what to do in between is one of the most frustrating and stressful situations that you'll ever be.
That’s why our automotive locksmiths are here - today, we’ll be going through your options...
Can a car get locked with keys inside?
Absolutely! In fact, it’s actually one of the most likely car key emergencies you’ll run into.
Everyone’s prone to making mistakes, especially this time of the year, when holiday brain is certainly sticking around!
If you're in a rush without being mindful of your car keys, it’s easy to lock yourself out of your car and find yourself stranded:
- Leaving your keys in the car
- Falling victim to your car’s automatic locking system
- Plain old human error
We hope, at least, you’ve still got your phone on you. That means help is only a call away!
How do you get into a locked car?
You may think of several different ways to get inside your locked car, including DIY solutions.
Just be wary that a lot of these tricks come with risks - risks that may put your car at risk of severe damage.
As the experts in opening cars, our team can get you back into your car quickly and safely - two things that these other DIY techniques can’t guarantee you...
Breaking your car window
Attempting to break your car window to get in and get your car key is not only dangerous - it’s plain foolish.
First off, you run the risk of damaging your car and even harming yourself. Not to mention, there’s also all the additional cost of having to repair your car window and get it fixed afterwards.
And there’s always the risk of a visit from the local police if bystanders or passers-by see what’s happening and assume the worst (not that we blame them!)
The movies make it look so easy!
It’s easy to search on Google for DIY lock picking techniques you can use to get your locked car keys back. You'll see hundreds of different ways to unlock your car and get inside without issue.
The problem: finding a technique that works.
Some lock picking techniques only work with certain models of car. Not to mention, a lot of them might only work with older cars - after all, it would be a major oversight for car manufacturers to not take steps against the most common techniques.
And then there’s the fact that if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up causing serious damage to your lock cylinders in the process!
Call your car dealership
When you're locked out of your car, a car dealer may be the first person who comes to your mind.
There’s no denying that they’ll get the job done - the question is whether or not they’ll get the job done in a timely manner.
The dealership can’t come to you - you need to go to them. And you can’t do that without your keys, necessitating the help of a tow truck.
Even after that however, you might still need to wait for a few hours or even a whole day while your dealership mechanic tries to fit you into their schedule.
Don’t forget, some dealerships don’t operate on weekends either, which can drag things out even further!
While you may think that this is a good solution, the bad news is, car dealers can't get you inside your car NOW!
Tow truck service
Calling a tow truck may be one of the easiest and fastest solutions that you can think of - while they can help with many things, one thing they can’t do is get you back inside your car.
While there are some towies that can unlock car doors, most don’t. And even among the ones that do, most of them only do it as an extra thing on the side, meaning that:
- They’re unlikely to come all the way out for “just” an unlocking job
- They might not be able to help with more complicated locks or jobs
- Tow trucks are big - what if you’re in an underground car park?
Long story short, you can’t put all your faith in calling a tow! (And besides, they can be super costly, too!)
Is there an app to lock and unlock your car?
With advanced technology like keyless car entry rapidly becoming standard, you may be wondering whether or not there are smartphone apps that can lock and unlock your car.
Good news: the tech exists, and it’s predicted to be the next revolution in car security.
Not only does this make things more convenient, but should you accidentally lock yourself out of your car, this gives you another way to access your car keys and get back in.
Of course, it comes with its own issues.
Namely, very few cars come with this feature out-of-the-box, meaning that most can’t rely on this as their sole backup. And while it can be retrofitted into existing cars, not all models are compatible.
If your car is compatible with the car app, you’re in luck - you’ve got a way out if you’ve locked yourself out of your car.
If you don’t however, the best thing you can do is call a local car locksmith near you.
How much does it cost to unlock a car door?
The cost will always be part of your calculations when you try to decide how to unlock your car, especially if you’ve locked yourself out.
And we aren’t just talking about the cost in dollars, either!
As they say, time is money - every second you spend stranded is time you won’t get back.
Just imagine this: you’re stuck at a shopping centre with a tired and whining toddler, or stranded at the office after all your colleagues (and therefore, your alternate rides home) have left.
All you want is to get home.
Only a Melbourne auto locksmith can get you back into your car with minimal turnaround time.
We come to you - our workshops are mobile, meaning we can turn up and fix any problems on-the-spot, bringing time spent getting you back on the road to a minimum.
What would you do if you locked your keys inside the car?
Call an auto locksmith in Melbourne!
Naturally, our car locksmiths can open cars and get you back on the road.
Galmier Locksmiths offer automotive locksmith services throughout Melbourne’s south-east. We’ll get to you anytime and anywhere, unlocking cars, retrieving your keys and getting you back on the road.
And it isn’t just lockouts, either - our services run the gamut, spanning all sorts of key, lock and ignition problems big and small alike:
- Locked your car keys in the car
- Lost your car keys
- Stolen car keys
- Stuck your car keys in the ignition
- Need car key replacement and reprogram
Galmier auto locksmiths can handle all types of car brands. Choose our team of auto locksmiths, and we’ll successfully get you back into your car no matter what brand you drive - and if we can’t, we won’t charge*:
You never know when you might run into issues - that’s why it’s so important that you add Galmier Locksmiths to your phone, just in case.
Give us a call on 0407 022 234 and save our number - you never know when you’ll need it!