Are you looking for a super fast service to get your car open? The Car Key People offer an emergency car opening service to London, Essex, Kent, Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, and West Sussex.
Keys locked in the car is a very common problem that can happen to any of us so easily. As this is such a common problem we have a dedicated service that specialises in vehicle entry and locked car key retrieval. If you have locked your keys in the boot or front of your car our mobile car opening service can get to you within less than 60 minutes of your phone call and get your car unlocked in a flash.
This video shows how we open cars with keys locked in the ignition
A customer in East London called The Car Key People to get help with keys locked inside a Ford Focus. The Focus had a flat battery and the customer decided to put jump leads on the cars battery to start the vehicle. Unfortunately they left the key in the ignition with all of the doors closed. When they connected the jump leads the surge in power caused the door locks to cycle, resulting in the key becoming locked inside. Our Ford car locksmith uses a Ford Tibbe pick to quickly open the door without causing and damage.
How do The Car Key People open cars?
People often ask us how we get into their car and if there will be any damage. The answer is simple – “We open cars without causing any damage or signs of forced entry”. We never smash windows or use forced entry techniques, you can do this yourself and would not expect to pay a locksmith using such unskilled techniques. Our auto locksmiths are skilled professionals that understand the working of vehicle locks. We use specialist lock picks and tools to gain entry without causing a scratch. Some cars can be opened in a matter of seconds whilst others may take a bit more work. If we use a lock pick to open the door this is a skilled way of bypassing the lock. Lock picking essentially adjusts the inner wafers of the lock to the same position as an inserted key. When the wafers are in the correct positions we can use a tension tool to open the lock.
Lock picks are used on newer cars that deadlock. Deadlocking means the cars doors can not be opened when pulling the inside handle. This is an added security feature and was first used by the likes of BMW and Mercedes. Most cars that are produced in the last few years will become deadlocked, but not all manufactures have incorporated this yet.
If a car is not deadlocked we can use a small air wedge to create a slim gap at the top of the car door. This provides sufficient space to insert a rod and pull the handle from the inside.
We have several highly skilled techniques of opening locked vehicles and each car make will require a unique method. For some cars we can read the lock and cut a key blade to unlock the door, all in a matter of minutes. What could be simpler? If you need your car unlocking in a hurry give us a call and have a car locksmith with you today – 07572 941161.
How do keys get locked in the car?
Keys can become locked in the car for a number of reasons. The main reason is human error, but there a few situations when the cars electronics malfunction and lock without warning. The number one reason for shutting keys in the car is… “shopping”. Its so easy to put your keys down inside the boot and then load shopping bags on top. Many boot lids close down and will not open again without a key. Some remote fob keys have a separate button that will unlock the boot independently and leave the rest of the doors locked. If the boot is unlocked this way and then closed with the keys inside it will almost certainly become locked.
Another common way to lock your keys in the car is like in the video above, adding jump leads to the car with all of the doors shut. If you need to add jump leads or boost your battery be sure that at least one of the car doors are open. The surge is power often triggers to the locking mechanisms, so make sure you are aware of this.
If car doors are unlocked and the remote locking button accidentally pressed on the key, be sure to have your key in your hand. If you put the key down on the car seat and close the door there is a strong possibility the doors will lock on closure.
Sometimes cars just have a mind of their own – certain cars will lock when the car is driven at a certain speed, but occasionally this feature can malfunction and cause the doors to become locked when the car is stationary and not even running.
Here’s our summary of the top 5 reasons keys become locked inside cars:
- Shopping – keys left under bags
- Jump starting – locks cycle and lock keys inside if all the doors are shut
- Accidentally knocking a button on the remote key or the cars interior lock button
- Vehicle electronic malfunction
- Just unlocking the boot and putting keys inside.
Is there any way customers can unlock their own car?
We know you were not planning on locking your keys inside the boot and it’s unlikely you have budgeted for this to happen. We are often asked if there is an easy way for motorists to unlock their own car. In short, the answer is always no. There are lots of videos on youtube that show cars being unlocked with tennis balls and various other crazy ways. The majority of these videos are either fake or performed by professionals with years of practice. If you really want to try getting your keys out yourself you can try wedging the door and using a coat hanger or another type of rod to hook out the keys. We would never recommend this as there is a good chance the car will become damaged and scratched. Car doors seal very tightly and specialist tools are required to safely wedge a gap. Common household objects wont be able to create sufficient space and nearly always cause damage.
What about smashing a window? The costs of replacing a full door window will always be greater than our emergency car unlocking service, not to mention the mess and inconvenience. Small quarter windows can be replaced for less, but if the car is deadlocked this wont help get your car open. If you have locked your keys in your motor get professional help from The Car Key People.
What cars can The Car Key People help unlock?
We can help unlock any car and some within less than 60 seconds! There is no car we can’t unlock and with over five years experience you can trust The Car Key People to safely and quickly retrieve your car keys. We are frequently called out to keys locked in BMW boots and keys locked in Mercedes boots. We can pick the boot lock and get your car open in minutes. No matter what car you have there is always a way for us to help.
Advice to make sure you do not lock your keys in the car
During the colder months we attend lots of cars that have keys locked inside with the heaters blowing on full blast. When defrosting your car make sure you have another key incase the car should lock up. If you only have one key be sure to read our replacement car key information and get a spare.
Be vigilant when charging batteries and make sure to leave at least one door ajar.
If you have an extra key in a safe place you will be able to open your car yourself if the worst should happen. So help yourself and get a spare car key now.