Locking yourself out of you car can be a scary experience, especially if you are in a dark, deserted area. Sometimes in this situation, people panic and try to pick the lock on their vehicle. With the complex, modern automobile locks on cars today, this is virtually impossible and you may cause costly damage to your locks in the process. When you are locked out of your car, call a certified emergency locksmith to assist you.
It can be frustrating to realize that you have locked your keys in the car and can’t retrieve them. You may be tempted to try the old wire hanger trick to open your lock. Modern automobile locks are so much more complex than they used to be so these old tricks rarely work anymore. In fact, trying to pop the lock without the proper tools and experience can cause damage to your vehicle locks, resulting in costly repairs. While breaking a window may get you into your vehicle, you could get injured from the broken glass. Plus, you will end up having to pay for the window to be replaced.
The best thing to do when you realize that you are locked out of your car and need help is to try not to panic. First of all, find a safe, well-lit area where you can wait for help to arrive. Call a friend or family member who may have access to your spare keys. If you do not have a spare available, you will need to call a certified emergency locksmith who is highly trained and skilled at opening automobile locks.
Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous individuals who call themselves locksmiths just so they can extort money from you when you are in a vulnerable situation. There are some things you can do to avoid these criminals. First, take some time to find a local locksmith in your area who is associated with a national company or has an actual place of business that you can visit. Many disreputable locksmiths will use fake names, addresses, and phone numbers that all feed into one remote call center. Be very wary of any locksmith who comes to your door without a marked vehicle and uniform. Finally, check with the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) or ask friends and relatives for referrals. Once you find a reputable and reliable locksmith in your area, program the number into your cell phone just in case you need him in an emergency.
If you are locked out and call a locksmith without knowing anything about his company, be sure to ask for a firm price over the phone, especially if they offer a “too good to be true” price. Often these places will tell you the cost to unlock your vehicle will be a few dollars and then when the locksmith arrives, he tells you that price was for the service call only. Demand a firm quote before allowing any locksmith to come to your location.
Locking yourself out of your car can be a hassle but there really is no reason to call the police unless you have a child trapped in the locked vehicle or you feel that your safety is threatened. Do your research now and find a trained and reliable emergency locksmith in your area. Program the number in your phone so that you have it when you need it the most.
Pop-A-Lock of Greensboro NC offers emergency locksmith services to those individuals who lock themselves out of their car. Call us at 336-272-9393 in Greensboro.