Remember the old days when it was super-easy and common to get locked out of a car? Maybe you put your keys down to scoop up your groceries, engaged the locks and slammed the door closed — only to realize your keys were still inside. That left you trying to shimmy the door open with a wire hanger — or giving in and calling a car locksmith. With advanced automotive technology, it's a lot more difficult to lock your keys in your car, but it's still possible. Find out how and what you can do about it.
Many newer vehicles integrate technology into the keys to prevent the doors and trunk from locking if the key is inside. Even if you try to lock the door manually, the car will unlock it. Other vehicles use keypads, unlock sensors or apps to unlock them. These features give you a backup option if your key somehow gets locked in your car.
Despite this technology, it's still possible to find yourself in a situation where you locked your keys in a car. This can happen if the technology fails. Some vehicles might not have advanced technology, so you might be able to flip the lock manually with the key inside. And if you're still rolling around in an older-model vehicle to get every possible mile out of it, the car probably lacks the lockout prevention technology that keeps you from getting locked out of a car.
Once you realize you locked the keys in the car, start troubleshooting the situation to see if you can find a way in without calling a car locksmith. The following tips may help you get back into your vehicle.
The police used to help in some cases, but they often aren't allowed to help you unlock your car. That's especially true if you have a newer car with advanced technology. However, they might be able to help if you have a child or a pet locked in the vehicle.
If you've tried all the alternatives, it's time to admit defeat and call a locksmith. You don't want to try too many DIY methods of unlocking your car or you could cause serious damage to it. Waiting for a locksmith to respond and forking over your hard-earned money is never fun, but you'll know you're getting into your vehicle safely without causing costly damage.