Getting locked out of your car is a real pain. Especially as it nearly always happens when you’re in a rush. Whether it’s because you’ve damaged, lost or locked the vehicle, we help thousands of Members get back into their cars every year.
9 tips on what to do when you find yourself locked out of your car
- Stay calm – the world won’t stop turning if you’re late. If you’re running behind for an appointment, call ahead and advise of your situation
- Do a quick lap around the car. You may find a window down or a door, including the boot unlocked
- If accessible, consult your owner’s manual. Some cars often include a metal key hidden in a keyless remote. Most car owner manuals can be found online if yours is locked in the car
- Do you have a spare on hand, or does a friend or family member have a spare that you can access? If so, give them a call
- Consider your situation. Is it an emergency or can you use alternate transport and worry about the car later?
- If the car belongs to you and you are a member of the NRMA, give us a call. Roadside assistance covers all members for key lock-ins and, depending on your level of coverage, we also provide assistance towards a locksmith if needed
- If a child or pet is locked in the car, your request will immediately be prioritised whether you are a Member or not. In this case, call 13 11 11 immediately
- If you don’t have roadside assistance your options include calling us and signing up on the spot, call a locksmith or try to open the door yourself. However, in the case of the latter, unless your car is fairly old, a shoelace, packaging tape or coat hanger won’t be of much use
- If you’ve lost your car key, get another made as soon as possible. If you lose all your keys, replacements can be very costly
To avoid locking your car keys in future:
- Keep a spare key in your bag, home or work or other convenient location
- Give a spare key to a friend or family member
- Get roadside assistance before you need it