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Losing your car keys or locking them up is one of the most embarrassing things to happen to anyone, and if you are in haste, that makes the whole scenario unpleasant. Luckily, there are a few tricks that you can do to get you by this uncomfortable period.

The locking mechanisms on different types of cars vary pretty widely. All newer models have power locks with remote controls to open them, but older cars open only manually. Also, some vehicles have the locking knob on the inside top of the door by the window, and others have it by the handle. Here are a few workarounds to help you get back into your car when you’re locked out. 

Before we proceed, it is crucial to make sure you know where your car door’s unlock mechanism is on both the interior and exterior of the door. It’ll impact which of these methods you may want to try. Some of these methods may sound ridiculous, but it can work.

You can use a slim jim, a coat hanger, a rod, and screw, or even your shoe strings or any type of string.

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For the coat hanger method, you will need a wire hanger so you can untwist it and make a hook that goes inside the weather stripping in the window. From here, you have to jiggle it around until you find the locking mechanism. It may take some time, but it’s worth the trouble when you’re desperate. If you have your phone handy, you can try googling your car’s door locking mechanism to figure out where to aim the hanger.

The shoestring method only works on locking mechanisms that unlock by pulling up. You will need to tie a small loop in the middle of the shoelace that, when placed around the locking mechanism, can be tightened. Work the string into the interior of the car through space where the door meets the car’s exterior, hook it around the lock, tighten the loop, and pull the string up. It may take more than once to get it, but it should work nonetheless.

A rod and screw method requires a screwdriver and a steel rod. Any long and sturdy pole-type instrument will do, so depending on how much junk you have lying around, you may be able to find a good substitute. Use the screwdriver to pry open the door slightly, then stick the rod in and push the unlock button.

Using any metal object to pry the door open can cause damage to your exterior and interior, so be cautious using this method.

However, as you are not a professionally trained locksmith, the chances are that you may damage the lock or run into some more troubles.

There’s nothing wrong with getting a little help. SOS locksmith Dallas will send someone to you in a flash once you call on them. Our professional locksmith will deal with any type of lock problems your car may have using a professional car opener kit.