It is very likely that sometime in your life, you will lock your keys in your car. No one does this intentionally. There are all kinds of reasons that someone can accidentally lock their keys in their car from dropping the keys or being distracted. Everyone that has locked their keys in their car realize just how frustrating this situation can be. Luckily, a professional locksmith can help you get back into the car and have you on your way in minutes.
There are a couple of ways that a seasoned professional locksmith will use to get into your car when you call them out for an emergency.
A common method that many have heard of is through the use of a device known as a Slim Jim. The proper use of this device can have you back in your car quickly.
A Slim Jim is a long metal strip that a locksmith uses specifically on cars. The device is slid in between the weather stripping that is found on the car and the window of the car. With that device, the locksmith is able to reach the locking rod and manipulate it in such a way that he can pull the lock open. It can all be done in a matter of minutes.
The problem with using the Slim Jim is that it does not work on all cars. Most locksmiths will not use a Slim Jim on cars that have been manufactured within the last twenty years. Many of these cars now have other controls and devices within the doors that could easily be damaged by using a Slim Jim. Some newer cars are even designed to prevent the use of a Slim Jim as a type of security measure, since many thieves also know how to use a Slim Jim to steal cars.
Professional locksmiths also have a tool known as a wedge that they can use to help open your door. Many use an air wedge, which is simply a sleeve that can be pumped by hand which is placed in the gap of the door frame. Air is pumped into the edge to inflate it and give them enough space to do their work.
A long, metal rod, typical three to five feet long, is then inserted into the gap. This rod is then used, so the locksmith can find the switch or trigger used to lock or unlock your car door. It may take some manipulating depending on which way the trigger moves, but they can then press the trigger and unlock the door as if a person was inside the car. An experienced locksmith can do this in a matter of minutes.
The solution to unlocking a car door is to have a professional perform the task to ensure that other mechanisms inside your door are not damaged. A fully licensed, bonded and insured locksmith is the person you want to call to make sure the job is done safely and properly. They can have you back in your car and on your way to work or on the road in minutes, and usually at a very reasonable fee that will not hurt your wallet.