What to do when you're locked out

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Updated: 4/10/2007 11:12 am
One of the most annoying and frustrating emergencies is getting locked out of your car. If the car's running, or a child is trapped inside, it could become a very big problem. The best way to avoid locking yourself out of a car is to change your behavior. Getting in the habit of locking the door with your key instead of using the inside door locks could save you some hassle. Waiting until you're outside the car to put your keys away may also help. It may be a good idea to keep an extra set of keys where you can always get to them. A locksmith may be your best choice when you do get locked out. Prices may vary from around twenty-five to more than fifty dollars for opening a locked car, so call around for the best price if you have time. On older cars, a bent coat hanger can sometimes do the trick. New cars are nearly impossible to get into without damage to the vehicle. Your car dealer may be able to bring you a key to your new car if you get locked out. If it's a true emergency, your local police or fire department may be able to open your locked car door.
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