Why should I call a locksmith when I am locked out of my car?
If you're like most people, you have a big investment in your automobile. In years gone by, almost anyone could open a locked car using only one tool. It only took a second or two.
Today, however, automakers have really tightened up the security of almost every car on the road. This means that a trained professional must have dozens of tools and techniques in order to open your car with no damage.
Today's locksmith owns hundreds of dollars' worth of tools and books on car opening. That is why he or she must charge a fair price to open your car. When you call a locksmith, a trained professional responds to your call. He or she arrives in a service vehicle stocked with thousands of dollars worth of tools and machinery, ready for any emergency.
In many towns, the police no longer will respond to lockouts unless it is a dire emergency. The more informed police departments do not want to risk doing hundreds of dollars of damage to your car. When you call the police, a tow truck driver, or any other unskilled person to unlock your car...you risk unnecessary damage to your vehicle.
Police rarely have all the tools or special training needed to open your car without damage. Locksmiths are trained professionals that use finesse, not force.
A botched car opening job can easily do $350.00 worth of damage to the inside of the door panel. In a true emergency (child locked in car, etc.), call the police. Plus, many locksmiths will open your car quickly, and at no charge.