What Should I Do if I Lock My Keys in My Car?
Returning to your car after a long day away, you reach for your keys and realize you left them in your locked vehicle. Now, what do you do? Here are some steps you can take.
Locate your spare key
One option is to purchase a magnetic key case and attach it under your vehicle's chassis. If you're uncomfortable doing that, keep your spare in a place where a family member could easily find it or with a friend/neighbor you trust.
Call roadside assistance
Roadside assistance service providers often have tools to unlock a vehicle. If you have roadside assistance as part of your auto insurance policy or through an automotive club, it may cover all or part of the cost of unlocking your car. Some manufacturers include free roadside service as part of a new car warranty. Premium credit cards often have roadside service as one of the free perks.
Call a locksmith
A locksmith won't be cheap, but most offer 24/7 service.
If you're in an unsafe area or have a child or pet locked in the car, request the police to assist you.
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