Uh oh. It looks like it is going to be one of those days. You’ve locked your keys in your car and have no access to a spare. If calling your roommate to bring your second set of keys isn’t an option, you may be tempted to try some extreme measures to get back on the road quickly.
With automobile locks, taking extreme measures is rarely a good idea. In fact, your day could get a whole lot worse if you think breaking in to your own car is a viable option. Emergency locksmiths would tell you it is never a good idea to try this, and not because they are looking for an excuse to come out and help you unlock those doors for a fee.
What is the worst thing that could happen if you attempt to break in to your own car? The scenarios are as varied as there are cars on the road, but here are a few things to think about before you take the crowbar to your passenger-side door:
You’ll damage your car. That will be expensive.
Why add insult to injury? If you haven’t recently priced the cost of replacing a damaged key lock for your car, whether jalopy or fancy sports car, you should trust us. It costs way more than it would run you to simply call the locksmith and have them help you gain safe (and damage-free) entry. Add in the time you’ll spend later scheduling repairs, and you’ve just multiplied the pain of this little incident. And let’s not even talk about explaining the damage to your dealership or repair shop. They will be happy to add a picture of the damage you caused your car to the “wall of car-owner shame” in their break room.
Alarms will go off. . . for a long time.
If you don’t have experience breaking in to cars, the amount of time that alarm sounds could be lengthy. It would most likely give local police plenty of time to arrive and question you. For most of us, that would add one more element to your already bad day. There are also plenty of nosy by-standers who would love to investigate the sound of your car alarm. They will likely all be sharing the fervent hope that you will soon “make it stop!”
It leaves you vulnerable.
When your attention is diverted from your immediate surroundings, it gives others an opportunity to capitalize on your misfortune. It is better to find a safe place to wait a few minutes for the locksmith to arrive. Darkness and weather factor in to making you vulnerable in a lockout situation, too. It just isn’t worth taking the risk to your personal safety.
Hopefully, if you find yourself in this situation, you’ve come to your senses and have already made the call to your local locksmith. If not, give Big Red Locksmiths a chance to turn your bad day around. With superb service and experienced professionals, you’ll be back on the road soon. For judgment-free, prompt service, call us at 402-554-0499.