You wouldn’t believe it, but it happens: People sometimes get themselves locked out of their own car and it seems the only way to get back inside is to bust a window or perform some special Houdini maneuvers. Well, the solution is much simpler than illusion or violence. In fact, all it takes is wit or skilled hands.

Here are a few suggestions to help you get your car back

Spare key

The simplest and smartest solution of them all is to make sure you have an emergency key duplicate stored somewhere safe at home. If you don’t, do so.

Trunk Access

This method is possible only if your trunk is still open when you have locked your keys inside. Most vehicles, especially models such as sedan, have an emergency cord which unlocks the back passenger seats. By pulling it, you can crawl through the opening and retrieve your keys.

The shoelace move

If your car has a door mechanism that pulls up, a shoelace or a string can save you. This method is simple, but it takes a little practice. What you need to do is learn to tie a slipknot in the middle of a shoelace which you can work into the car’s door from the top corner. Once you reach the lock, just place the loop around it, tighten it, pull it up, and voila. It may be easier said than done, but once you get the hang of it, you might not need spare keys.  

The hanger

If you have trouble figuring out what to do when locked out of your car, then a hanger can also do you wonders. However, bear in mind that this only works with older cars, not the newer or luxury models. First off, obtain a metal hanger and bend its shape so that it’s straight with a hook on the end. Slide it between the weather stripping part of the window and reach the door mechanism. Once you’re hooked, just pull up to unlock and retrieve your keys.


These are just some of the methods used to get inside a car, but if you generally lack the improvised lock-picking skills, it’s best to focus on who to call when keys are locked in your car. These cases are common and it takes just one phone call to Phoenix Towing Service to solve the problem.