Getting locked out of your car is no fun, and we understand that it can be stressful. That is why we made this article! We want to help you find a solution for getting back into your car before you have to call for a locksmith. There are some important things to note first though.

I Left My Keys Inside My Car! How Do I Get Back In? These are words that no one wants to hear come out of their mouth, but sadly, it happens. This may be a new experience for some, and a “Oh no, not again!” for others. Whatever the case may be, you can rest easy knowing that there is a simple solution to getting you back into your car.

It is important that you read this entire article and that you read it in the order it is typed. Skipping can result in further issues.

Everything is going to take sometimes, so try to keep patience and not get too frustrated.

If you do any of these wrong, it can result in damage to you and/or your vehicle.

1. Make Sure You Are Locked Out

I know this sounds crazy, but it’s true. If you think you are locked out, it is important to check if there is any other point of entry such as the trunk or an open window.

Check Doors

Being aware of the driver door is common and neglect of the other doors is also common. Don’t rule out the possibility that some of your other doors are unlocked and try them all!

Check The Trunk

While it is impossible to get into the car from the trunk in certain cars, it is possible with others. Check to see if it is possible to get to your car cabin from the trunk, it could save you time and money; but maybe not embarrassment. .

Onstar Service That Provides Remote Unlock


Not all emergencies are created equal. But no matter how big or small the problem, OnStar can be there to help. So, before you ask, “What can I do with OnStar?”, here are five ways OnStar and our specially trained Advisers can help save your day.

Calling this company or one similar to it is a good idea as they can open your car remotely. It lasts for about a year so give them a call and see if you still have it. If not and you tried everything else, it’s time to try some DIY tricks.

2. Use What You Have Around You

shoe string

If you are absolutely sure that you are locked out of your car, it is time to enlist the help of what you have around you. You don’t have to use the exact things that we suggest, but it is important that the item is similar.

String Or Small Diameter Rope

You can use a shoelace or any string that is small enough to fit between the door of the car and the frame. It is important to note that this method will only work on cars that have post locks. You know the one that you pull up to unlock and push down to lock? After you acquire your string, you need to tie a slip knot and make sure that it is as close to the center as possible.

Make a slip knot

The internet is a great resource as you should be able to find an article or video that fully explains how to make a slip knot in a way that is easy to understand. After your knot is made, slide your string in between the frame and the door. One side should be parallel to the roof and the other end should be perpendicular to the roof. At this point, you should slide the string forward and try to catch the loop of your slip knot around the lock. Pull both ends of the sting to close the knot and pull upwards. This should unlock your car door! If it didn’t work, you should keep trying as this, like all methods, will take time and patience. If this method can’t work because you don’t have post locks, keep reading.

Coat Hanger

If your shoes are lace less, then you can try using a wire coat hanger. This is not the only thing you can use, you can use anything, strong, bendable material. The coat hanger will be disassembled so take that into account.

For Post Locks

Option 1: Make a Probe

Straighten out the hanger and bend the hook to get a V or a check mark shape. Slip your new tool between the door and door frame with the V or check-mark shape first. Do your best to hook the post lock and pull it toward you and up. If this is done correctly, the lock on the door should open. If not, keep trying, it takes time. If it still doesn’t apply to you, keep reading.

Option 2: Make a Slim Jim


Straighten your coat hanger, but not the hook. Bend the hook to get a V or a check mark shape but make sure if you do the check-mark shape, the small part is around the size of your small finger. This time, slip the hanger between the window and the weather stripping. Turn the hanger in the door so that the hook is facing the car’s interior. Move the hanger across the window until you see the post move. When you can identify what part of the door gives you the ability to move around the lock, start to pull up on the hanger. You may need to reform the hook a few times after a few tries. Keep trying this until the door unlocks.

For Sliding/Push Locks

Straighten out the hanger and bend it so that it can give you good leverage and power to push or slide the lock. Bends may be needed in the hanger in order to assist when you need to reach under the door armrests. Slip the hanger between the door and door frame and see if you can get someone to look through the other window to guide you if you are working without the ability to see what you are doing. Slide or press the lock depending on which lock you have. If you do it right, you should be able to open your door.

A wedge can be helpful in any of these solutions. It can be made out of any material as long as it can be shaped into a wedge. The material can chip your car paint but you can potentially avoid this by wrapping the wedge in a cloth. You can use a screwdriver too, but that is the most damaging.

3. Buy Materials

Buy Materials

You might not have any of these materials just lying around so it is a good idea to go to your local home improvement store, auto shop, etc., to purchase your materials. If you left your keys in the ignition; it is a good idea to get someone to watch your car so that a criminal doesn’t come and just drive away. Remember, you don’t need to get the exact tool, just one that is similar.


Auto shops might have air or rubber wedges that you can use for your lockout and it won’t mess up the door. If not, you can get a doorstop to do the trick. If there are no rubber wedges, air pumps or door stops, if there is wood, you can get it shaped into a wedge. If all else fails, a screwdriver, like before mentioned. A hammer is also a great idea as it can help to get the wedge in deeper. A wedge is great, but you need a probe as well.


The probe pretty much needs to be a long, slender strong tool in the correct shape. If it isn’t, you may need to do some bending and such to get the tool to work properly.

Plastic Strap

This method works only on post locks and it is a similar procedure to that of when we first talked about making a probe with a coat hanger. It is important for the plastic strip to be longer rather than shorter and having a piece of sandpaper between the plastic will help in gripping the log as the plastic would most probably slip right off. You need to make sure that the material is half the thickness of the gap in the door.



Picking is not at all suggested if you do not have the right tools or if you are at all unsure of your ability. This will make it more difficult for the car technician to come and fix your car after you mess it up. If you are confident in your picking ability then this should be no problem.

Slim Jim


The slim jim method is like that of the slim jim option we spoke about earlier. The biggest difference is that the tool is already made for you. The slim jim is often the last tool we suggest you use as it causes the most damage and unless you know exactly what you are doing, you will cause some harm to your car.

slim jim (more technically known as a lockout tool) is a thin strip of metal (usually spring steel) roughly 60 centimeters (24 in) long and about 2–4 centimeters (0.79–1.57 in) wide originally marketed under that name by HPC Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of specialty locksmithing tools. Slim jims are used to unlock automobile doors without use of a key or lock pick. It acts directly on the levers and interconnecting rods that operate the door, completely avoiding the complexity of dealing with the lock mechanism itself. The hooked end of the tool is slipped between a car’s window and the rubber seal, catching the rods that connect to the lock mechanism. With careful manipulation, the door can be opened.[1]

4. Get Assistance

Call For Assistance

If or when all else fails, it is time to contact a professional. When you call them, stay calm and give them information such as where you are, what type of car you have, where you lost the keys and any other questions or information they ask for.

Call the Police

Contacting the police when you are in this situation is a good idea because they can come and not only unlock your car but also offer you protection if you fear you are in danger. If the police come or not varies depending on the situation, your area and sometimes even if the car is running or not. This may not be the fastest method of getting back into our car, but if you are not willing to call a locksmith, it is worth trying.

AAA/Roadside Assistance

If you do have AAA, you can go to their website and read the membership handbook to see what service they can provide for you. If anything, they should be able to tow your car to a safe destination

Locksmith Services

At the end of the day, calling a locksmith is going to be the safest and most reliable option from this entire list. That is because it is their job to get you out of these situations. As long as you research and contact a reliable one, you should be okay.

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There are many ways in which car lockout can be approached and handled.

Further Problems

If your car has some issues that you don’t know about, then it may cause you issues in trying any of the steps above. You can also create these problems yourself by fiddling with the car, so be careful and if you are unsure, just contact a locksmith.

BMW (1996-2000)

Trying any of these methods on this type of car will not work if the car is off. If it is running, then you shouldn’t have any problems. If it isn’t running then your best bet is to try and wedge the door open and retrieve the key through the gap. Be careful that you do not leave the wedge in the door for a prolonged period of time or this will cause damage to the door. Also make sure that you do not make the gap large enough to fit the keys until you are ready to pull the keys through. You can also try picking the lock, but like before mentioned, don’t attempt it unless you know what you are doing.

My Keys are in the Trunk

If your keys are locked in the trunk it can be a tricky situation. If your doors are unlocked then there should be a button to unlock the trunk. If not, then you are going to need to call a locksmith. They will try to pick the lock but if they can’t they will need to use a drill. This is a last resort, but it will open the trunk and retrieve your keys.

Trunk Won’t Open? What To Do When You Are Locked Out Of Your Trunk. Trunk locks are similar to car door locks, but depending on your car, it may be a different mechanism used throughout your car. You do need to make sure that you take care of them just as you would your car door locks as this will help to prevent this situation from happening in the first place.

You can try to fix the situation yourself or you can enlist the help of a professional. This may seem like a simple problem with a simple solution, but there are a lot of things to take into account. Before making a decision on how you are going to open your trunk, understand your situation.

Middle of Nowhere With No Service

If this was the case then you might need to walk a few miles in order to get service or to locate a nearby store that will help you out. Look at road signs and be careful!


Hopefully one of these options worked for you. One of them most definitely should, but we hope that you will be able to use one of the DIY methods to save you some time and money. Remember that when you get a locksmith it is important to not get a super cheap one or you can expect super cheap service. Try to do some research and find a good one that isn’t too expensive but will still help you out.

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