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Locked Out of Your Car? Here’s What NOT to Do

by | Sep 7, 2023 | Car Locksmith Services

Imagine this: You’re leaving a late-night event in downtown Las Vegas, and you reach for your car keys but they’re not there. You look through your car’s window and you see them sitting in the driver’s seat, mocking you through the closed window. The streets are almost empty, and a sense of panic sets in.

It’s an all too familiar scenario for many drivers, and our team at Fixed Rate Locksmith has witnessed the aftermath of many a hasty DIY attempt to unlock a car door. We understand the initial desperation, and we’re here to guide you on what not to do in such situations, ensuring you save both time and money.

Common Mistakes Made During Car Lockouts

  1. Attempting to DIY With Improvised Tools: While the idea of using a coat hanger to unlock your car might sound tempting, you can tear or puncture the rubber door seal, damage the internal workings of the door, or scratch your window glass.
  2. Breaking a Window: Yes, it’s a quick way in, but is it worth the cost of replacing a window? Not to mention the risk of injuring yourself with shattered glass or the inconvenience of driving exposed to the elements until it’s fixed.

Why Professional Lockout Service is Essential

Professional locksmiths like the ones at Fixed Rate Locksmith come equipped with the right tools AND the expertise to handle such situations. Two of the most common tools we use to safely unlock your car are:

  1. Lishi 2-in-1 tool. We can pick the door lock open with it, and if you’ve lost your keys, we can use its decoding function to “read” the lock cylinder wafer depths and originate a brand new key for you. Invented in 2000 by Zhi Qin Li, these tools have revolutionized the automotive locksmithing industry by making the process of picking and decoding locks much faster and safer.
  2. Long-reach tool. The first step of this unlock method is to insert inflatable wedges between the door and the car body to gently pry open the door a fraction of an inch. Then we insert the long reach tool and use it to press the door unlock button or open the door using the interior door handle. NOTE: This method will not work for many makes/models of vehicles depending on what type of door seal type of windows they have.

Fixed Rate Locksmith to the Rescue

We pride ourselves on our prompt and reliable lockout services in the Las Vegas area. Here’s a quick story to illustrate: A distressed customer once called us after trying for hours to unlock his car. Within 15 minutes of our arrival, he was back on the road, and the relief on his face said it all. Our emphasis is, and always has been, on customer safety and satisfaction. We ensure you’re back in your car and on your way in the shortest time possible, without any damage.

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A car lockout can be a stressful ordeal, but the decisions you make in those initial moments can determine whether it remains a minor inconvenience or becomes a costly mistake. Remember, while it’s natural to feel a rush of panic, acting impulsively—like trying to pry open the door or shattering a window—can lead to more damage and costs.

Instead, the next time you find yourself muttering, “I’m locked out of my car!” take a deep breath and give us a call at Fixed Rate Locksmith. We’re here to ensure that your vehicle is opened professionally, safely, and efficiently. Because at the end of the day, your safety, satisfaction, and the security of your vehicle are our top priorities.

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