Whether you've lost your key or locked it in the car, the experience of being locked out of your car is one of the most frustrating things that can happen. However, by following the simple steps set out in this guide, you can deal with the situation as safely and efficiently as possible.
Make Sure You're Safe
Being locked out of your car can be frustrating and embarrassing at the best of times. However, if you have a child or pet with you, it can be dangerous - the RSPCA explains that a car can reach dangerously high temperatures within an hour, especially in the summer. In these cases, it is not an overreaction to call emergency services, who will break into your car. Try to avoid breaking in yourself, as you may hurt yourself. This is also the case if you suspect your keys have been stolen. If your car is in an area where you feel uncomfortable waiting, don't hesitate to call a friend to wait with you; your safety and wellbeing are the most important thing.
Call An Automotive Locksmith
To get your keys recovered or replaced, you'll need to engage the services of a good automotive locksmith. They will be able to come to your car and retrieve your key or make you a new key if your old one is lost, broken or otherwise irretrievable. When looking for an automotive locksmith or key replacement service, look at the reviews, the range of services available and be sure to ask them how quickly they can get to your location. As Money Supermarket explains, lost keys may or may not be worth an insurance claim -- but in either case, you definitely need access to your vehicle.
Prepare For Next Time
You might think this will never happen again, but thousands of people get locked out of their car every day. When you get your key replaced this time, ask your automotive locksmith about getting a spare, which you should hide somewhere other than your car. Thrifty Fun has some ideas on where to hide a key, such as in your wallet or phone case. You might also leave it with a local friend or neighbour who you trust. Finally, you should keep the locksmith's number to hand, especially if you were pleased with their service the first time.
By thinking of your safety first, calling a good automotive locksmith, and making sure the situation doesn't happen again, you can make the experience of being locked out of your car as low-stress as possible.
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