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Newcastle Auto Locksmith Tips

Maybe you’re in a rush, or perhaps you’re shepherding small children in or out of the vehicle….there’s lots of reasons why your mind may not be totally focused on the location of your keys.

Unfortunately although manufacturers have put extra safeguards in place, it’s still easy to get locked out of your car. All it takes is the door to slam shut and the locking facility to kick in to leave you stranded with your keys dangling invitingly…out of range.

Why should you do to get your keys back; are there any tricks to try? We take a look at what to do when you get locked out of your car.

Try the boot,

Some boots have a manual sequence to lock and unlock them, so even when the rest of the car is shut up tighter than a clam, there’s still a possible entry point through the boot.

Of course, for this to be feasible, your car will need to either be a hatchback or one where the rear seats can easily be removed.

This could provide sufficient room for you either to crawl through your car from the back and retrieve your keys, or just about reach the locking mechanism on the back seat doors.

The coat hanger

An old favourite and a trick that’s been deployed successfully many times over the years, a coat hanger can provide a magic solution to the dilemma of needing to gain access to a vehicle. Sadly it only works with certain types of locks.

You’ll need a lock which moves upwards rather than inwards.

To use this method take a wire coat hanger and straighten a length of it, creating a rounded hook at one end. It doesn’t have to be a coat hanger of course; any length of strong wire that you have will work.

If the window has been left open, then that makes life much easier as you can simply feed the hook through and loop it over the door catch, pulling upwards. If you can’t get in through an open window it’s possible to slide the wire in, hook side first, through the rubber skirting on the side window.

Other methods

If your lock is one which needs to be depressed, or is inaccessible, then the coat hanger method won’t work.

There are a range of other methods which are recommended by some individuals, including using a shoe lace, a slim jim, or even drilling the lock. A tennis ball with a hole drilled in it is another suggested method for creating pressure to pop the lock.

Some of these methods may work for getting the car door open allowing you to retrieve your keys, however, the damage you could do to your car, the door, and the locking mechanism in the process could be extremely costly.

Locking mechanisms, particularly on modern cars, are extremely sensitive and forcing them open in some way could damage them irretrievably. You may have your keys, but you’ll also be facing a big bill to repair your car.

A professional locksmith has the tools and the expertise to get into most makes and models of cars, as well as vans, and can do this in a matter of minutes. They won’t cause any damage in the process and the total cost will be far less than replacing the lock, a smashed window or a damaged door.

Locking your keys in your key is incredibly frustrating and usually happens at a time when you’re in a rush. However, don’t be tempted to cause damage to your car just to get things moving. Call a locksmith; they can be with you far more quickly than you may expect and will have you on the road again, leaving your car intact and undamaged.

What Is Locksnapping?

You may well have heard of “cylinder snapping” or “lock snapping”. It’s a method used by burglars to break into property that is secured using a euro cylinder (e.g. almost all properties that have UPVC doors, although a significant number of composite and aluminium doors use them too, and they’re often used in commercial as well as domestic environments).

The method of lock snapping involves breaking the cylinder to then manipulate the lock to open. Whilst you may think that all the multi locking points on your door make it secure, it’s important to realise they are all operated by the cylinder – this is the weakest point and if compromised all the locking points are rendered useless.