It’s something that many of us have probably done at some point in time, locking our keys in the car. It’s not fun, and it creates quite a hassle, especially if you need to be somewhere. Although annoying, the problem can be fixed in more than one way. What should you do if you happen to lock your keys in your Kia Soul? The following tips will unlock the key to getting back inside your vehicle.
Call 911. If you are concerned about your safety and do not feel comfortable where you may be stranded due to locking yourself out of your vehicle, dial 911. Sometimes the police can unlock your vehicle, but if not hey can call a tow truck for you.
Call roadside assistance. There are several organizations to choose from for roadside assistance, AAA and Allstate are two of them. Also, many new cars come with roadside assistance included in the warranty package. Be sure to keep the number stored in your phone or on a window sticker so it doesn’t get locked in the car with your keys.
Call for a tow truck. If you do not have roadside assistance you can call a tow truck as most provide lock out services. Dial 411 for local tow truck companies.
Get a temporary key. Sometimes your local New Jersey auto dealer can provide you with a temporary key that can unlock your door but not start your vehicle, giving you access to your keys locked inside. You will most likely need your VIN (vehicle identification number) and proof that you own the vehicle.
Keep a spare key. Keep a spare key in your purse, wallet or securely hidden somewhere on your vehicle. You can purchase small magnetic boxes that can hold a key and be hidden somewhere on your car. You can also leave an extra key with someone who could rescue you.
Buy a car with anti-lock out features. Many cars today are made so that the car will not lock with the power button if the keys are in the ignition or a door is ajar. Some vehicles also have keypads on the door that you can program a code into to unlock your door.
No key at all. If you have lost your key entirely, all is not lost. You will need a locksmith, but your cost will generally go up. And replacement keys, especially for computerized keys can become quite expensive.
Of course we would all like to avoid getting locked out of our vehicle, but it does happen. For more information visit Consumer Reports. Also, follow the tips above, should this happen to you and call your local New Jersey auto dealer, Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall. We would be happy to help any way we can!