One of the most common reasons that locksmiths are called is because keys have accidentally wound up locked inside a car. This problem is incredibly common, and while it’s totally normal to call a locksmith for this reason, many people will choose to try and tackle this problem on their own. We’ve seen it all — hangers, lock picking tools, bobby pins – you name it! Unfortunately, these methods that people often try to use to unlock their car do more damage than good. With that in mind, the team at Safe Way Lock & Key is going to go over some of the most common car lock myths that you’ve probably seen. Let’s get started!

Locks on Newer Cars Can’t be Picked

A common misconception with newer vehicles is that their locks cannot be picked. Even though technology has come a long way and the locks on cars have changed, the locks on newer vehicles can still in fact be picked. At the end of the day, these are still just locks, and a trained professional is going to be able to pick them. 

The reason that this myth has probably become so widely known is because very few people will pick a lock on newer cars. There are so many other ways that one can get into newer cars that are easier and faster, but that doesn’t mean that picking the lock isn’t an option.

A slim jim can open any car. 

For years, slim jims have been one of the most popular tools that people will purchase so that they’re prepared in the event of getting locked out of their car. While slim jims have been used on older car models, they’re certainly not a tool that you can count on to get into any car. Over the years, this tool has certainly been something that people rely on to get into their cars, but slim jims are only successful tools when the circumstances are right. For example, slim jims are only going to work on cars that have post locks, which is pretty uncommon with modern vehicles. 

Even though you may have used a slim jim to open up a car in the past, using a slim jim under the wrong circumstances could do some serious damage to your car. For that reason, we do not suggest trying this method when trying to unlock your car without the key.

Trust Safe Way Lock & Key to Unlock Your Vehicle

If you find yourself locked out of your car, take into consideration the myths that we’ve mentioned above, and contact the team at Safe Way Lock and Key. For years we have provided various locksmith services to homeowners and business owners alike. If you are in the Baltimore area and you find that you need to pick the lock of your car, trust a professional to do it instead. Though it may take a bit more time to get the job done, you’ll save yourself frustration and damage by letting someone with experience unlock your car

Contact us today if you’re in need of a locksmith or to learn more about how Safe Way Lock & Key could assist you!