Can you pick a car door lock?

Oh boy—I just locked my keys in the car. Can you pick a car door lock?

Rachel Rigolino · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Yikes! Yes, there are ways to pick a car door lock, but they usually take some skill and practice. A common method involves using a bobby pin.
Here are the basic steps:
  • Take a bobby pin, open it, and bend it into a V shape.
  • Take the rubber ends off both ends of the bobby pins.
  • Insert both ends of the bobby pin and move the bobby pin up and down, trying to jiggle the lock into the open position.
However, if you are unsuccessful, here are some other tips:
  • Call a family member who has access to a spare set of keys.
  • Do you have roadside assistance? If so, call the 800 number and ask for help.
  • Call a locksmith or tow truck service.
Good luck!
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