How do locksmiths open car doors?

What’s a normal way for locksmiths to open car doors? I locked myself out of my car, and I don't want to pay for a locksmith if I don't have to.

Most of the time, locksmiths will use special tools to open locked car doors. Unfortunately, that means that you may need to call a locksmith after all. Here are a few common methods locksmiths use to open car doors:
  • If your key broke off in your lock, the locksmith will likely use a broken key extractor to remove any of the pieces. Then they’ll duplicate the key and use it to unlock your car.
  • If you locked your keys in your car, your locksmith will probably use a slim jim to get into your car. In short, they’ll slip the slim jim between the glass and weather stripping on your car window and unlock the car from the inside.
  • Of course, if you have a keyless entry system, the locksmith might simply reprogram the system to open your doors.
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Liz Jenson
Answered on Oct 27, 2021

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