Locked Out Of Your Car? Here’s What To Do (And What NOT To Do!)

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Being locked out of your car can be a frustrating and stressful experience, especially if it happens at night or in an unfamiliar location. If you find yourself stranded with locked car doors, don’t panic! Horsham Locksmiths is available 24/7 to help you.

Lockouts can happen when the car has locked itself with the keys inside, or you’ve lost all your vehicle keys and have no way of gaining entry yourself.

This blog post will guide you through the steps to take if you’re locked out of your car. We’ll also discuss some common mistakes to avoid and the benefits of using a professional auto locksmith service.

What To Do When Locked Out of Your Car:

Stay Calm and Assess the Situation:

Before taking any action, take a deep breath and assess the situation. Check all doors and the boot to double-check that you are locked out of your car. If you have a spare key, then it’s worth leaving your car to go and get it instead of calling an auto locksmith for help opening your vehicle.

Contact a Reputable 24/7 Auto Locksmith:

Your best course of action is to call a reputable 24/7 emergency auto locksmith service, like Horsham Locksmiths. We have a team of experienced and qualified locksmiths available around the clock to assist you. Our locksmiths have the right lock picks and tools for the job.

Gather Necessary Information:

When contacting a locksmith, be prepared to provide them with the following information, so they can confirm if they can provide the service for your specific vehicle, and offer a personalised quote:

  • Your location
  • The make, model, and year of your car
  • A description of the lock issue (e.g., lost key, broken key, jammed lock)

Some auto locksmiths may also require you to provide identification and proof that you own the vehicle.

Auto locksmith picking open a car door lock

What NOT To Do When Locked Out of Your Car:

Don’t Attempt DIY Methods:

Attempting to force entry could trigger car alarms or damage your vehicle. If you damage your car door, then you’ll have to pay for repairs.

Don’t Break a Window

Breaking a window is a risky option that can lead to injuries and expose your car to theft or weather damage. You’ll then have to pay to have the window replaced, which is inconvenient.

Don’t Use Unverified Auto Locksmiths:

When searching for an auto locksmith online, be cautious of services with vague pricing, low pricing, or poor online reviews. Choose a reputable company like Horsham Locksmiths, we’re members of a recognised trade association like the Auto Locksmith Association (ALA); we’re DBS checked, licensed, insured, and 5-star reviewed. Check out our reviews here.

Horsham Locksmiths van

Why Choose a 24/7 Emergency Locksmith Service?

Attempting a DIY solution might seem tempting, but it can be risky and cause damage. A reputable 24/7 emergency auto locksmith service like Horsham Locksmiths offers many advantages:

  • Expertise: Our experienced auto locksmiths are equipped with specialised tools and possess the knowledge to pick open a variety of lock types and car models.
  • Efficiency: Our team can typically reach your location quickly and resolve the lockout efficiently, so you’re not stuck around waiting.
  • Safety: We understand the proper procedures to unlock car doors without causing damage.
  • 24/7 Availability: No matter the time of day or night, we offer a 24/7 emergency service to help you out of any situation.

Preventing Future Lockouts: Proactive Measures

To minimise the chances of you being locked out of your car in the future, consider these preventive steps:

  • Have a spare key made: Have spare keys readily available and store them in a safe place, away from your car. So, if you’re ever locked out of your car you can go and get your spare key to unlock it.
  • Invest in a Key Finder: Attach a key finder to your key ring that can be located using a smartphone app.

Horsham Locksmiths: Your Reliable Auto Locksmith Partner in Horsham

At Horsham Locksmiths, we understand the importance of getting back on the road quickly and safely. Our team of experienced and ALA-approved auto locksmiths is available 24/7 to assist you with any car lockout situation in Horsham and the surrounding areas. We are committed to providing our customers with prompt, professional, and reliable service at competitive prices. We will always provide you with a clear upfront quote before commencing any work.

When you contact Horsham Locksmiths, a friendly member of our team will gather some basic information about your situation, such as your location, car make and model, and the nature of the lockout (lost key, broken key, etc.). They will then provide you with a transparent quote for the service.

Don’t get stranded! If you find yourself locked out of your car, contact Horsham Locksmiths 24/7 on 01403 788708 for fast, reliable, and damage-free car unlocking services.

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