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The most common ways locksmiths open car doors

Have you ever seen how automotive professional locksmiths work? What tools do they use? Do you also think that these strange things in their hands work by magic, like a wand in Harry Potter's hands? So, what are these "magic" tools they use? Well, there are so many doors opening techniques and each technique uses a different tool. Slim jim, a key extractor, helps to cope with even the most difficult problems. Below you can find more information about a slim jim and where to find your VIN in this blog post.

Using a slim jim

Many of you probably have heard the term “slim jim” but are not familiar with what it is. Simply put, it is a tool used by a locksmith to unlock a car door. The technician inserts it between the protective film and the glass of your window. This way, he can reach the lock and open it. This process may seem easy at first sight, but it's actually not. Using the tool incorrectly can damage the airbags or electrical system. Try not to open the car with this tool independently. You need to have some knowledge and skills inorder to use it properly. Therefore, it would be better to leave it to a professional technician.
locksmith uses a slim jim tool
However, it's worth mentioning that a slim jim tool is a rather outdated technology because, in the late 80s, mechanical linkages began to be replaced by electronic or cable linkages. Slim Jims can't handle them. Also, modern cars often have another barrier inside the door that this tool can't reach. Therefore, locksmiths started using other tools to perform their tasks.
locksmith uses a slim jim tool

Broken key extractor

If your key breaks right in the lock, don't worry. There's no need to try getting it out using brutal force. A professional locksmith will be able to help you without damaging your lock. In this case, the technician will use a key extractor to open the locked car. With its help, they will easily and quickly remove the broken part of the key. After that, they can provide you with a new key on the spot. Using this tool, the technician will solve your problem efficiently and quickly without potentially causing further damage.

Use the VIN number to cut a car key

Another method to unlock a car door is to make a key using a unique code. The VIN number is the identifier of your car. A professional locksmith can use it to make a key. If you don't remember your VIN number, you can look it up on the driver's side dashboard near the bottom of the windshield or on your insurance card. Sometimes it is also listed on the technical passport or certificate of ownership.
If you need professional help, knowing this number is necessary to prove that you're the actual owner of the car.
car key cutting
car key cutting

Summing Up

Remember, using each of these tools, masters of the technique can do incredible things. However, with these tools at your fingertips, you can only do the same if you have the right knowledge and skills. In the vast majority of scenarios, the wisest decision you can make is to leave your locksmithing problems to the professionals. Sure Lock & Key is ready to help you unlock your car at any time of the day or night. Call us, and our locksmiths will come with their locksmith “magic wands.”

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