If you find yourself in a situation where you need to unlock your car without keys, don't panic. With the right tools and a bit of know-how, you can easily get back into your car without breaking the bank or window. Invest in a car tool kit with a curved or inflatable window wedge and you'll be able to unlock your car like a pro. Bill Evans, manager of J&E Auto Body in Clark, NJ, warns that using a wedge to unlock a car can be tricky.
Start by pulling the top of the door frame outward with a prying tool and pushing the wedge inward to keep the door frame out. Then, with a long thin bar (it could even be a hanger), press the unlock button. This trick works on both old and new car models. If you don't have roadside assistance, you can contact a car locksmith to help you get into your locked car.
If you have your keys on you, but the lock on the car door is broken or does not work properly, you can try to enter the car through the trunk. Another option is to use an inflatable wedge tool. This tool pushes air between the car doors to make the door open wide enough to use tools so that you can unlock the car effectively. Fortunately, newer cars make it much harder to do this, but if you find yourself standing outside your locked car with your keys in the cup holder, these tricks can save your life.
Thanks to the growing number of car apps for your smartphone, you can also unlock your car without having to resort to drastic measures. If your car doesn't have those types of locks, there are plenty of DIY friendly methods to get your car back unlocked. Calling a professional locksmith is usually an option, but there may be a long wait or no professional locksmiths available nearby.