If you are currently staring through the window of your locked car at the keys that you left in the ignition, you are likely not in a very good mood at the moment. No one ever plans to lock themselves out of their own vehicle, but it's likely this will happen to just about everyone at least once or twice in a lifetime. The most surefire way to unlock the door if you find yourself in this situation would be to call a professional locksmith. But if you are intent on trying to unlock it yourself first, here are a few tips that might help.
Use Doorstops to Wedge the Door Open (Electronic Lock)
If your car's lock can be reached with a long tool, you are going to need a way to wedge the door open long enough for the tool to do its job. Gently pull on the door until it won't open anymore and then slip the doorstop in. Then, press a little harder and put a second doorstop in. You want to keep doing this until you are sure the door will not open any further. You can then use any kind of long tool that can fit into the wedged opening. If you have electronic locks, all you have to do is manage to hit the unlock button with your tool of choice.
Use a Wire Hanger to Hook Onto the Lock
If your vehicle does not have electronic locks, you're going to have to get a little more creative. Take a wire hanger and straighten it out completely. Then, turn one end of it into a hook. The hanger should be thin enough that it can fit through crack on the side of your door. You want to gently work the wire through the door and carefully aim the hook down towards the lock. Hook onto it as best as you can and then pull in a direction that will unlock it.
Use a Cord with a Slipknot
If the hanger is not working, there's one more possible solution you can try. Take a shoelace or some other very thin cord and tie a slipknot into the center of it. Once you have formed a loop, attempt to push the cord through the door. Similar to what you did with the hanger, your goal is to go fishing for the lock. Get the loop firmly around the lock and pull.
If you still find yourself locked out after attempting to unlock your door with some combination of a wire hanger, a shoelace and a doorstop, it's time to bring in a professional. Contact a local locksmith, like Migoley Stephen K, to get your car opened safely and without damage.