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What to Do When You Get Locked Out of Your Car

It’s going to happen inevitably at some point, you’ll find yourself staring at your keys through the window of your locked car. It’s common and almost unavoidable at some point in your life. Safety features on cars cause them to auto-lock and sometimes your keys are in the wrong place at the wrong time. It doesn’t mean you have to panic though. Locking your keys in your car can be frustrating and upsetting. You may feel helpless. But there are things you can do.

There are several ways you can deal with keys locked in your car while you’re on the outside looking in.

How you respond can depend on the specific situation and the safety features of your car. Because of this, despite this being a universal problem, no two lockouts are ever truly the same and may require nuanced differences to get the problem resolved.

Below are some tips on what to do when you find yourself locked out of your car and the best ways you can respond in your situation.

Roadside Assistance

There are plenty of organizations out there that exist to help you with problems on the road. Your insurance may provide you with roadside assistance or maybe you pay a membership fee to a third-party company. But calling your designated roadside assistance company is the first go for many people who face being locked out of their car. Unfortunately, not everyone has roadside assistance available to them.

Call 911

It may seem extreme, but certain lockout situations require an emergency call. You may have a child or pet in the car, you have left medication in the car, or any other number of instances that can result in you needing to get back into your locked car, fast. If you’re in danger specifically because you’ve locked your keys in your car, don’t hesitate to call for help.


The majority of locksmiths offer some form of emergency help. You can call your trusted locksmith or towing company. A locksmith is trained and experienced in unlocking cars without damage and creating quick copies of keys in a pinch.

Related Questions

How do I get a temporary key?

Oftentimes your dealership will provide you with an additional key and you can purchase more from them if you need it. Your local locksmith can also copy keys for you. Be sure to keep your spare key separate from your main key in case of emergencies.

What is keyless?

Keyless systems can make the process more complicated since you’ll need a locksmith and getting a replacement could cost you more. Keyless systems can be great for safety and convenience but can cause problems when you find yourself locked out.

Talk to your local locksmith about your options and give them a call, in case of an emergency lockout.

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