If you’re locked out of your car, there are a few things you can do to try and get back in.

Some motorists leave spare keys with nearby family members, and also sometimes stick a magnetized “Hide A Key” somewhere in their car’s engine bay where they can easily access it from underneath. These are all good options, but what happens if you don’t have cell service or roadside assistance? Don’t be afraid, there are numerous ways to unlock your car without using the keys.

Coat Hanger

It’s fair to assume a lot of motorists have heard of the coat hanger technique, however, this isn’t foolproof. After all, how many people have a coat hanger lying in wait for the inevitable keyless entry? Further, how many people carry one around outside of their car? If you’re in a well-populated area, chances are someone around you will have one to solve that problem. Be sure to let them know if they want it back, it’s not going to work as intended anymore.

An easy way to use a coat hanger that doesn’t damage your car as much as other coat hanger-related techniques is to unwind the end that meets the hook and straighten the wire.

You can then stuff the hook side in between the edge of the window and the door’s weather stripping, thread it to the door lock and force it open. This will only work with a door lock that flips open sideways, mounted on the inside of the interior door handle or on the door.


If you have what’s called a post lock, that is, a door lock that sticks out of the top of the interior door trim, it is possible to use a shoelace to unlock the door. It’s a bit complicated if you don’t know how to do the first stage, but basically you need to make your shoelace into a slip knot, weave it into the car through the top right corner of the window, down around the post lock, pull to tighten the loop around the lock, and then you can pull again to force the lock upwards, thereby unlocking the door.

Call a Locksmith

Locksmiths are professionals who are trained to help people get into their locked cars. If you find yourself locked out of your car, you can call a locksmith to help you get back in.

Locksmiths have the tools and knowledge necessary to unlock your car quickly and easily.