How Do I Lock My Car? 

If you’ve ever locked your keys in your car, you know how frustrating it can be. Thankfully, most modern vehicles have automatic locking features that make it hard to get in and out without the key. But what if you’re driving an older model that doesn’t have these features? 

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Many cars are now equipped with smartphone apps that transform your phone into a second set of keys. These programs can remotely lock and unlock doors, start the vehicle, and even enable remote access if you’re not able to locate your keys. But you’ll need to pair the app with your vehicle before you become locked out, and some makers require a subscription fee. 

Old-School Methods

If your vehicle is an older one that still has manual locks, you can use a coat hanger to get inside. To do this, bend the wire hanger into a hook that can fit inside the window’s weather stripping. Then, move the hanger up and down or side to side until it clicks open. 

This trick is also a good way to unlock your car if you have a pull-up lock or a horizontal door lock. Just be sure to place the hanger in a good position before moving it to open the door, as doing so could damage the lock. 

Another option for older cars is to use a long rod and a screwdriver, which can be used as a wedge to create a gap between the frame and the door. The rod can then be used to unlock the door using your smartphone or another device. 

Shoelace Technique

If you have a shoelace or other type of string, you can tie it around the door knob in a loop. Then, pull on the end of the shoelace to tighten the knot and pull up to unlock the door. 

Bobby Pin Technique

If your car has a manual lock, you can try bending the first pin at a 90-degree angle and pulling apart the second pin slightly. Then, stick the bent side of the first pin into the lock and move the second pin around until it clicks open. 

But beware — this could cause significant damage to your car’s locks, and you might not be able to open the door again. Ultimately, this trick is best left to professionals who have the tools and time to do it correctly. 

A wire hanger is a good option, as it’s long enough to reach most buttons and thin enough to leave a small gap between the door and the frame. If you don’t have a wire hanger handy, a thin metal bar can work just as well. You can also use a strip of plastic, as long as it’s strong enough to manipulate the lock without damaging it.