Losing your car keys can be a frustrating and stressful experience, but fortunately, there are a few ways to get back into your car if you find yourself in this situation – without breaking a window!
In this article, our technicians at Car Key Rescue discuss four methods on how to unlock a car without keys.
Call an Emergency Automotive Locksmith
The first and most obvious solution is to call an emergency automotive locksmith. These professionals are trained to handle all types of lockout situations and can quickly get you back into your car. They will utilise specialised tools to open the car without causing damage to the lock or the car itself, as well as any on-site automotive key-cutting services required.
This is easily the safest and fastest way to get your car unlocked.
Carefully Use a Wire Coat Hanger
Another option is to use a wire coat hanger to try to unlock the car yourself. You will need to carefully manipulate and feed the hanger through openings in the window and weather stripping to try to push down the locking mechanism. While it can be done, we must stress that you need to take extra care with this method, as it can cause damage to the lock, door, window and interior of your vehicle – you might end up in a worse situation than where you started!
Try a Door Wedge & Long Rod
A third option is using a door wedge and a long rod. Simply wedge the door open slightly, which will create enough space to insert a long rod of some sort (i.e. a broom handle) to try to reach the lock mechanism. This is also a risky method, as it can cause damage to the door or the car as you attempt to manoeuvre the handle.
Grab a Spare Set (If Available)
Finally, if you have a spare set of keys, you can always use them to unlock the car. This is the simplest and most straightforward option, but it only works if you have a spare set of keys. If you don’t, you can also reach out to professional key cutters to get you set for entry, as well as a spare set for any future issues.
How Do I Start My Car If I’ve Lost My Key Fob?
If you’re looking at how to start a car without keys, or perhaps you’ve got a proximity system and don’t know how to start your car after having a lost key fob, there are only a few options available to you that won’t cause damage to the vehicle.
It’s likely you have seen people in movies utilise screwdrivers in the ignition lock cylinder or hotwiring the engine to start a car without the keys, but these are methods taken out of desperation, and will actually create serious issues with your vehicle. Instead, your best bet is to contact us at Car Key Rescue to visit wherever you are and either create a brand new set of keys for your car or repair the old set to ensure you gain entry once more.